Social skills, emotions, and behavior provide a context for teaching and learning in schools. Social influences include student relationships with teachers and peers, school climate, and parental engagement. Emotional influences include motivation, persistence, and self-regulation. Behavioral influences include what students do and how teachers direct and respond to that behavior. IES supports research, evaluation, and statistics to better understand these social, emotional, and behavioral influences on learning.
Through an IES partnership grant, SERP Institute and Baltimore City Public Schools explored ways to strengthen student perseverance in middle schools. The partnership learned that high poverty urban districts may need to support more basic student needs before grit can be cultivated. In response, they developed and tested Focus 5, a free resource to support student attention and learning.