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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

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.

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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The Language of Choice and Support

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The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning

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What Did I Assume About My Students' Summers?

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The Lengths Teachers Will Go

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The Language of Choice and Support

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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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Creating a Safe Place: Lessons on Managing Emotions Pay Off

Integrating social and emotional learning across the curriculum helps make a safe learning environment.

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Selling Social and Emotional Learning: An Interview with Daniel Goleman
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Selling SEL: An Interview with Daniel Goleman

The author of "Emotional Intelligence" speaks on the value of social and emotional learning.

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Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Expert Roger Weissberg on Academics and Character Education
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EQ Meets IQ: An Interview with Roger Weissberg

The president of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) discusses the effects of social and emotional learning on academic achievement.

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Smart Hearts: Social and Emotional Learning Overview
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Smart Hearts: Social and Emotional Learning Overview

In school districts from New Haven to Anchorage, social and emotional skills are being taught and assessed just like skills in math and reading.

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Educating Hearts: A Districtwide Initiative to Teach How to Care
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Educating Hearts: A Districtwide Initiative to Teach How to Care

The Anchorage School District's investment in social and emotional learning is paying off both socially and academically.

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Frightening Fiction: New Vigilance on Student Writing Can Yield Clues to Mental Health

Teachers become sentinels as student writing is scrutinized for threats of violence.

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Giving Visibility to Students with Emotional-Behavior Challenges

Children with emotional, behavioral, and social challenges benefit from substantial decision-making inclusion in a school community.

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Honoring Our Catchers in the Rye

Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips, inspired by J.D. Salinger's character Holden Caulfield, suggests that we start recognizing our own Catchers in the Rye - those educators and institutions committed to saving kids from falling off the cliff.

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Showing Your "School Family" Some Love

Edutopia blogger Nick Provenzano, in the spirit of Valentine's Day, offers four simple suggestions about how to show some love for your school family.

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Social and Emotional Curriculum: Interdependence

Filmmaker Randy Taran talks about the importance of Interdependence, Door 6 in her 7 Doors to Happiness series.

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Starting School off Smart: Take the Hassles Out of Homework

Blogger Maurice Elias offers tips for encouraging kids to complete homework and lowering the stress they may feel.

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George Lucas and Daniel Goleman on Academic and Social-Emotional Education
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Talking Heads and Hearts: Intellectual and Emotional Education Make a Potent Pairing

George Lucas joins a panel of national experts moderated by Daniel Goleman that explores the value of social and emotional learning.

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Can "The Wire" Tell Us How to Reach the Unreachable?: Putting the Focus on At-Risk Kids

A former inner city teacher reflects on a devil's bargain.

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