Achievement gaps between white and black students as bad as 1964

As a Public Benefit Corporation, Blaze is on a Mission to Close the Achievement Gap in America

Illinois Report Card
Clear Evidence: We Must Develop the Whole Child

Blaze Solves Cultural Disparities at the Roots

SEL interventions that address CASEL’s five core competencies increased students’ academic performance by 11 percentile points, compared to students who did not participate in such SEL programs. 
Students participating in SEL programs also showed improved classroom behavior, an increased ability to manage stress and depression, and better attitudes about themselves, others, and school
A key challenge for 21st century schools involves serving culturally diverse students with varied abilities and motivations for learning (Learning First Alliance, 2001).
Unfortunately, many students lack social-emotional competencies and become less connected to school as they progress from elementary to middle to high school, and this lack of connection negatively affects their academic performance, behavior, and health (Blum & Libbey, 2004).
81% of parents believe that SEL is just as important as academic learning, according to the 2018 Social and Emotional Learning Report from McGraw-Hill Education/Morning Consult.
A survey of teachers commissioned by CASEL found 93% of teachers want a greater focus on SEL in schools. They agree that social and emotional skills are teachable and are calling for schools to prioritize the integration of SEL learning practices and strategies.
Six of the Top 10 skills identified by the World Economic Forum involve social and emotional competence. In another survey, 92% of executives say skills such as problem-solving and communicating clearly are equal to or more important than technical skills. Companies such as Allstate, Bank of America, and Google are prioritizing SEL.
Technical Development Outweights Life Skills Development

What is the Balance of Education Today?

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Reading
Writing
Language
Math
Science
Social Studies
Computers
Coding

SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL LIFE SKILLS

Critical Thinking & Consumption
Communication & Collaboration
Creative & Self-Knowing
Self-Managing & Independent
Social Awareness & Connection
Resilience & Flexibility
Emotional balancing & re-balancing
Self-Improving & Knowledge Seeking
It's time to ask the hard questions

Critical Questions

How do we prepare ourselves and our children for a world of uncertainty?
What must we teach our children to survive & flourish?
What skills will be needed in 2050 to navigate the maze of life?
change is the only constant

Your Child's World in 2050

Limitless information accessed in nanoseconds 
Blurred lines between fact & fiction, information & misinformation
Algorithmic machines distracting & hacking minds and emotions for profit & votes
Increasing social inequity demonstrated by gaps in achievement & income
Artificial Intelligence rendering technical skills redundant
Traditional education devalued & decreasingly relevant 
Adults as lost & confused as the children they care for
Teaching Healthy Ways to Satisfy Core Human Needs

Blaze Pillars of Human Happiness & Harmony