Address larger-scale needs with customized support.
Our Social, Emotional, and Cultural Anchor Competencies Framework goes beyond a one-off learning program — it addresses the assumptions and beliefs both students and educators bring to the classroom and how these multiple contexts impact daily teaching and learning processes. By weaving together social-emotional skills and culturally responsive teaching practices, we have identified seven anchor competencies that are foundational to an equitable education that enables all students to achieve and educators to flourish.
Rather than being another add-on to the educator’s plate of responsibilities, our framework IS the plate — integrating social, emotional, and cultural skills into your everyday practices.
The text serves as a critical roadmap for educators, whether they are university faculty searching for how to bring a social, emotional, and cultural lens into their methods or foundations course and field work experiences, or classroom teachers hoping to infuse critical skill building into the everyday academic learning that is the traditional focus of schools.
“I always leave our [professional development sessions] more inspired and motivated to try new ideas. I am learning to live [the lens] out in my own life and creating space for it in my classroom. It's been an unexpected gift that keeps on giving."
Social-Emotional Learning Instructional Coach, Sunnyvale School District
"Teaching with a Social, Emotional, and Cultural Lens is a call to action…Starting out with a clear framework that describes these practices, and moving to illustrative examples from real classrooms in real schools, [creates] a compelling blueprint to help practitioners, schools of higher education, and districts to integrate a social, emotional, and cultural lens into everything they do.”
Chief Executive Officer, Urban Assembly, New York
“Teaching with a Social, Emotional, and Cultural Lens is ...a critical resource for any educator who seeks to supercharge and harness their craft to achieve the absolute best possible outcomes for themselves and the children they serve.”
Meria Joel Carstarphen
Formerly superintendent, Atlanta Public Schools, Georgia