Help Shape a National Debate! Take Our Poll on Soft Skills


Many educators and youth program leaders are talking about the importance of helping kids develop “soft skills” like motivation, optimism, or persistence. If you could focus on helping kids develop one of these numerous soft skills―also called noncognitive skills or social emotional skills―which would you choose?

Despite the growing consensus that schools and youth programs should help kids develop these noncognitive skills, there is also a good deal of confusion about which skills should be emphasized and how to measure them. At Search Institute, we are participating in several national efforts to answer these questions related to noncognitive skills. To inform those efforts and guide our work in creating research-based surveys that measure the development of noncognitive skills, we have created an online Soft Skills Prioritization Poll that you can access through a link below.

The poll takes less than a minute to complete and consists of simple questions that ask you to indicate your level of interest in 10 key noncognitive skills. After you take the poll, you can see how all respondents ranked the skills. You can also download a set of 50 great questions to start conversations with young people about the noncognitive skills that are the focus of the poll.

The poll will be live on the Search Institute website and on until Saturday, September 7. We will provide weekly updates that feature the noncognitive skill that is leading in the poll. Information will also be shared on which skills have moved up or down in the rankings. At the end of the month, we will share the final results with visitors to our websites. These results will also be utilized in national initiatives to prioritize and measure noncognitive skills.

The more people respond to this poll, the more interesting the results will be. Please share this poll using the share buttons below, or send a link to your colleagues and others who might be interested in helping us prioritize the soft skills that play such big roles in how children succeed.

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Monday, August 5, 2013

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What do youth you know think?

Please take a moment to have youth you work with or know personally share their thoughts on this poll...please.

Thanks much. Their voice is always important in creating new ways of interacting with and opportunities for them.