Clark A. McKown

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Social and Emotional Learning, Vol. 27, No. 1
“Social-Emotional Assessment, Performance,and Standards”

What’s the focus of your research? 
My research examines the origins and consequences of social status differences in childhood. My current work focuses on developing and evaluating methods of assessing  the social-emotional skills children need to succeed in school and life. The goal of that work is to create scalable, evidence-based social-emotional assessment systems that educators can use to understand their students and to guide effective instruction.

If readers take one big idea from your Future of Children article, what should it be?
The field of social-emotional learning has largely neglected the important question of how best to assess the social-emotional skills. For the field to create maximum benefit to teaching and learning, we need simple, scalable, and scientifically sound social-emotional assessment systems.

What did you learn from writing a Future of Children article?
What I knew: There is increasing consensus that attending to children's social-emotional development in schools yields many benefits. What I learned: The field is positioned to have a substantial positive impact on teaching and learning and on student success in school and life.

Clark A. McKown is an Associate Professor of Child Psychology at Rush University Medical Center.