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Search Institute’s newest research-to-practice initiative will focus on studying and strengthening the developmental relationships that help young people succeed. A developmental relationship helps young people attain the psychological and social skills that are essential for success in education and in life.
In this video Rachel Barr and Laura Zimmermann discuss the importance of social scaffolding, or social demonstration and thoughtful guidance from adults, for introducing early learners to new technology and media. Even for “digital natives,” the social aspect of education is important for learning how to use new tech devices and apps. Key social scaffolding strategies include hands-on demonstration, verbal narration and repetition.
This website creates a space for opening a shared conversation about how educators can protect students from bullying, confront divisions, and foster inclusion in light of recent events — a polarizing presidential election, incidents of racial and religious targeting, community violence, the sounding of once-fringe voices.
Based on a comprehensive review of cognitive and developmental psychology literature, this position paper aims to surface the skills and conditions that matter most for a child’s success in school and life, and to guide educators and others (including families) in designing learning experiences and environments to support this development.