SEAD Through a Race-Equity Lens
Social, emotional, and academic development (SEAD), is a holistic approach to supporting students that is gaining momentum across the country.
Existing research shows that academic development is inextricably linked to social and emotional well-being; in turn, social and emotional well-being is inextricably linked to the context in which students develop and the relationships they build over time. In particular, societal realities (racism, sexism, etc.), individual realities (e.g., responsibilities at home for siblings or other family members), and cultural background hold strong influences over students’ SEAD and how people perceive others’ SEAD competence.
This all means that SEAD looks different based on students’ backgrounds, yet students’ competence in SEAD is often measured against White, upper middle class, and Eurocentric norms. This bias automatically disadvantages students of color, students from low-income backgrounds, and students who are immigrants or English Learners.
In an upcoming report, Ed Trust will reveal the findings from conversations with students and families of color across the country about their experiences regarding the role of race and racism in efforts to holistically support students.