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Thursday, July 6, 2023

Social-emotional learning — often referred to by its acronym, SEL — has existed in Kansas classrooms for generations. Educators see it as a way to help children set goals, regulate their emotions and learn empathy. But social-emotional learning has become the latest flashpoint in the classroom culture wars. Education reporter Suzanne Perez spent time in Wichita classrooms to show social-emotional lessons in action.

Plus, more on these stories:

  • Some Wichita city council members are aiming to add mold to the city’s housing code this summer.
  • Kansas pulled in more tax dollars this fiscal year than last – as expected.
  • Seven Mexican cyclists who’ve traveled more than two thousand miles are expected in Wichita today to help celebrate a Sister City alliance between their city and Wichita.
  • A new program through Wichita State University is aimed at addressing the shortage of teachers in special education and elementary classrooms.
  • A portion of Murdock Avenue in Riverside will be closed starting Wednesday through September.
  • The Sedgwick County Treasurer’s Office is opening a part-time tag and tax office in Park City.
  • The cost to store grain at elevators or farmer-owned cooperatives is high right now.

Producers: Lu Anne Stephens and Beth Golay
Editors: Tom Shine and Beth Golay
Contributors: Will Bauer, Celia Hack, Celia Llopis-Jepsen, Suzanne Perez, Tadeo Ruiz, and Tom Shine
Theme Music: Torin Andersen
Digital Editors: Hugo Phan and Karlee Cooper

Beth Golay is KMUW's Director of Marketing and Digital Content. She is the host of the KMUW podcast Marginalia and co-host with Suzanne Perez of the Books & Whatnot podcast. You can find her on Wichita Transit in conversation with other riders for En Route, a monthly segment on KMUW's weekly news program The Range.