"Our emotions need to be as educated as our intellect. It is important to know how to feel, how to respond, and how to let life in so that it can touch you."
There is growing consensus among educational researchers that young people need to develop competencies in many areas other than academic content and skills. Graduating from high school and being prepared for college and career success require a much broader set of skills, including the ability to navigate life’s challenges, maintain healthy relationships, and manage one’s own emotions and behaviors.
In fact, many of these skills provide better predictors of success than do achievement scores. Not only do social-emotional skills support academic achievement, they also make it less likely that youth will engage in risky behaviors related to bullying, drug and alcohol use, and sexual activity.
Today’s students are preparing to enter a world in which colleges and the workplace are demanding more than ever before. To ensure all students are ready for life after high school, the Wilton Public Schools focuses on developing the social and emotional skills students will need to be successful.
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