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Learning for a lifetime

January 12, 2021

Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest, in partnership with Twin Cities Public Television, produced this half-hour documentary on the development of positive school climate, trust between students and staff, and the implementation of social and emotional learning practices. The documentary features real-world examples from three Minnesota alternative learning centers (ALCs).

In this documentary, researchers Jessy Newman (American Institutes for Research) and Dr. Michael Rodriguez (University of Minnesota) discuss the ways that schools and districts can implement social and emotional learning through adolescence and center social and emotional learning in relationship building for older students. Ms. Newman and Dr. Rodriguez, along with school leaders and teachers from three Minnesota ALCs, discuss the fundamental concepts of social and emotional learning and strategies related to the five core social and emotional learning competencies: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decisionmaking.

  • At Richfield College Experience Program, students and educators discuss a particular focus on meeting students where they are in order to build relationships and support self-management and responsible decisionmaking.
  • At Paladin Career and Technical High School, students and educators share the value of student-to-educator relationships in developing self-awareness, social awareness, and relationship skills.
  • At Red Lake School District, students and educators discuss how culturally responsive practices support students in developing their social awareness and supporting their communities.

For more information and discussion questions, download the documentary viewing guide [386 KB PDF icon]. Visit the Midwest Career Readiness Research Alliance page for even more resources.