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Teaching Emotional Skills Pays Big Dividends for Winnetka Elementary School

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Tammy Yu, a third grade teacher at Limerick Avenue Elementary School in Winnetka, Calif, right, works with students, from left, Mayco Garcia, Angelina Reyes and Vanessa Garcia during a social-emotional learning project in the classroom on April 19, 2016. David Crane — Southern California News Group

Six public school districts in California have implemented social-emotional learning as one component to measure school quality. The instruction compliments Common Core State Standards. “This is a great program. Before, [students] didn’t know how to work together and solve problems,” Tammy Yu, a third grade teacher,explains. “We really do see kids out on the playground problem solving,” another adds. The program demonstrates how school districts are building on the Common Core framework to meet student needs. “Under the Common Core, teachers have greater flexibility to design their classroom lessons—and can, for the first time, take advantage of the best practices from great teachers in other states,” 21 State Teachers of the Year wrote previously.