Using SEL Skills to Identify At-Risk Students & Improve Academic Success

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Aired on: May 8th, 2018

3:30–4:30 p.m. (ET)

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Our Guest(s) This Week

Scott Solberg

Scott Solberg, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Applied Human Development at Boston University. He has worked internationally and nationally on the design, implementation, and evaluation of effective career development programs and services for especially high-need youth populations, including youth with disabilities. DR. Solberg’s publications, reports, and curriculum translate career development research into practice and policy strategies used by state leaders to guide their career development implementation and policy efforts and by districts and schools to construct K-12 career development programs and services. Dr. Solberg partnered with the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to establish the Institute for College and Career Readiness which builds capacity among districts serving high-need youth populations. He collaborated with the Global Pathways Institute to establish the National Convening on Career Development to bring together national business and education leaders to discuss strategies for moving career development forward as a national security issue. Dr. Solberg established and coordinates the State Leaders Career Development Network and presents regularly on the nature and promise of individualized learning plans. Dr. Solberg is active in a number of professional organizations and also serves in positions of leadership, including chair-elect for the Society for Vocational Psychology. He is also the author of ScholarCentric, an evidence-based social emotional learning/resiliency assessment and curriculum used in schools throughout the country that has been shown to increase attendance, credits, and keeping students on track to graduate.

This Week's Topic

Join Dr. Scott Solberg as he discusses how students’ Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)skills can help identify at-risk students and how strengthening those skills can increase resilience and serve as an effective dropout prevention strategy while also increasing college and career readiness.

Dr. Solberg discusses six resiliency skills successful students need, including placing value on education and the ability to set goals; academic self-efficacy; connections with teachers, peers, and family; the ability to manage stress; a focus on health and a sense of well-being; and the motivation to attend school.

These SEL skills, in turn, increase resiliency and positively affect college and career readiness by increasing academic self-efficacy and career decision-making readiness. They also lower psychological/emotional distress, lower academic stress, and increases motivation to attend school. As a part of the webcast, Dr. Solberg presents results from a study exploring and validating results.


Using SEL Skills to Identify At-Risk Students & Improve Academic Success presentation