Maurice J. Elias, Rutgers University Professor of Psychology and Director of the Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Develoment Lab, spoke at EHS on Friday, March 6, 2020. Watch his presentation here.

According to a study by McKinsey & Company, 30-40% of jobs require explicit social-emotional skills. At the same time, in a survey of several thousand employers, 58% said new college graduates are not adequately prepared for today’s workforce, noting a particular gap in social-emotional skills. Social-emotional skills enhance relationships and self-awareness, as well as the ability to function at a high level even when faced with uncertainty, change, pressure, stress, and other work and life challenges. And, in one study, students with social-emotional competencies showed an 11-point gain on academic achievement tests. Learn more about Mr. Elias here. Parent handouts here (right click) open link in a new window.