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Mental Health

Find compassionate perspectives and evidence-based strategies to foster school environments that promote psychological well-being and support students experiencing behavioral, emotional, or social challenges.

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Supporting Grieving Students

It's important for educators to reach out to grieving students. Here's some guidance and resources to support this difficult task.

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Can Stress Help Students?

Stress might not always be the enemy. Research shows that positive stress can strengthen the immune system, enhance memory and learning, and improve decision-making skills.

The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning

Neuroimaging and EEG studies provide a scientific basis for the sometimes controversial belief that children become better learners when they actually enjoy learning.

Creating an Emotionally Healthy Classroom Environment

Making students feel safe and earning their trust are critical elements for turning your classroom into an emotionally healthy environment.

Helping Students With Identity Secrets

Rick Curwin takes a compassionate look at students living with identity secrets, and proposes three steps toward creating a culture of acceptance.

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Solutions for Teachers Bullied by Colleagues

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Teaching Teens to Handle Tragedies Before They Happen

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Help Students De-Stress for Success

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Social and Emotional Learning Research Review: Evidence-Based Programs

Choosing the best program to implement social and emotional learning in your school can be daunting. Edutopia's research analyst Vanessa Vega recommends these research-proven programs.

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Social and Emotional Learning Research Review

Numerous research reports show that social and emotional learning (SEL) can have a positive impact on students' academic performance. Edutopia's SEL research review explores those reports and helps make sense of the results.

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Social and Emotional Learning Research Review: Avoiding Pitfalls

Based on the social and emotional learning research review, we've highlighted some best practices to follow when implementing SEL programs, along with some tips on how to address common challenges.

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Social and Emotional Learning Research Review: Annotated Bibliography

Dig deeper into the specific articles, studies, and reports included in our social emotional research review.

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Strengthening Executive Function Development for Students With ADD

Children with Attention Deficit Disorder can benefit from targeted mindfulness exercises to help make them aware of their reactions, decisions, emotional regulation, and self-control.

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Resources to Fight Bullying and Harassment at School

Discover websites, organizations, articles, planning guides, lesson plans, and other resources dedicated to preventing bullying and harassment.

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What Neuroscience Reveals About Bullying by Educators

Neuroscientific evidence suggests lasting damage to the brains of teenagers subject to the so-called benefits of "tough love" practiced by educators.

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Activities to Build Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students

Filmmaker and blogger Randy Taran identifies "happiness skills" and suggests that we start teaching them at a young age.

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What Neuroscience Reveals About Bullying by Educators

Neuroscientific evidence suggests lasting damage to the brains of teenagers subject to the so-called benefits of "tough love" practiced by educators.

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The Heart-Brain Connection: The Neuroscience of Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning
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The Heart-Brain Connection: The Neuroscience of Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning

Neuroscientist Richard Davidson presents his research on how social and emotional learning affects the brain.

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Strengthening Executive Function Development for Students With ADD

Children with Attention Deficit Disorder can benefit from targeted mindfulness exercises to help make them aware of their reactions, decisions, emotional regulation, and self-control.

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The Language of Choice and Support

For all students, especially those with mental health challenges, the language of empowerment and choice contributes significantly to an environment that helps them grow toward their goals.

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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Empathy

In Part 7 of her elementary student SEL series, filmmaker Randy Taran offers suggestions and examples for cultivating empathy in schools.

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A Fit Body Means a Fit Mind

Along with physical strength, a little exercise helps kids build brainpower.

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