Webinar: Measuring Soft Skills Doesn’t Need to Be Hard

A Q&A with Hunter Gehlbach on SEL Measurement

March 14, 2018

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pacific

Host: Karyn Lewis, Education Northwest

Webinar slides available!

With more educators than ever bringing social and emotional learning (SEL) concepts into their schools and classrooms, how do you know if your efforts are working?

This 60-minute Q and A-style webinar featured Hunter Gehlbach, a national expert on SEL, addressing questions such as:

  • How do activities such as a “Get to Know You” survey help support student success?
  • What should educators make of the controversy around measuring SEL for accountability?
  • What should schools consider in selecting what SEL capacities to measure?
  • When is it better to survey teachers and adults? Students?

Participants gained information on the why, what and how of using SEL measures for formative purposes and receive an introduction to a new free guide on forming a strategy for measuring SEL in your specific school setting.

Hunter Gehlbach is the director of research at Panorama Education and an associate professor at the University of California Santa Barbara. With a focus on bolstering teachers’ and students’ social perspective taking capacities, he has explored how schools might use surveys to improve teacher-student relationships and outcomes.

Karyn Lewis is a senior researcher at Education Northwest and an alumna of Harvard’s Strategic Data Project fellow program. She is the creator of a new guide, Measuring Social and Emotional Learning, and a series of blog posts on SEL measures.