Providers of SEL products...

Mary Kate Land Montessori 4-6th grade teacher

I have come across a growing number of providers of SEL materials, some of whom serve some pretty specific niche markets, but whose products could be more universally applicable. I'd like to start building a database in wiki form for some of the resources we (as a group) have found useful. Edutopia has set up a wiki for the purpose of archiving our collective wisdom, and I hope to populate it with a variety of resources for hungry Edutopians.

I ran across a new product in another part of the forum and I've invited Paula Prentis to post a link to it here as I think others might be interested. She's developed a concept called ChatMats which may serve as a bridge between schools and families to promote continuity of SEL experiences.

Maybe ChatMats can get our wiki product descriptions off to a good start...

Mary Kate

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Author of SEL, self skills, PBL program for teens.

www.YourChatMat.com

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Thank you Mary Kate!
Yes, in all of our research while writing an SEL series of books for middle school students to help them develop a sense of self, an integral part of any SEL program, I was stunned at the statistics on family mealtime. In brief, the more times a week that families sit down together, the less likely those children will engage in risky behavior and the more likely they will be better students and happier people. I thought, we have to do something to empower families to sit down together and engage in meaningful, self-reflective conversations.
So, www.YourChatMat.com was born. We just launched the product and literally have inventory this week. Response has been amazing so we'd like to also offer chat mats as a fundraising opportunity to schools and communities in order to bring more conversation and imagination to the table.
Like many families, I took mealtime for granted, but sadly, so many families are not sitting down together and when they do, mom and dad are naturally tired. So, part of our idea was to take the "effort" out of the equation. Conversation literally just happens. (We also have "party" mats for when kids have celebrations. These kids are busy for over an hour going through all the silliness on the mats, so the parent hosting the event has time to breathe!)
Please visit the website or contact me for more information. I really appreciate Mary Kate bringing this up. I do hope to get more families engaged in meaningful conversation so these sobering statistics will diminish over time.
Incidentally, you can learn more about our SEL curriculum at www.YourSelfSeries.com.
Again, thank you for allowing me to share. I would appreciate any feedback, as we are constantly trying to improve the quality of our work and we have other projects in line as well.
Best,
Paula

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Another item for Wiki

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What a great idea to create a Wiki site. Please add Recessitate to the list. It is not a curriculum but a set of 24 color-coded cards with activities that teach classes to calm down, wake up or gear up for learning - a great classroom management, mindfulness, SEL and brain compatible learning tool that teaches self-regulation and reduces stress at school. See what users are saying at www.facebook.com/recessitate.

Montessori 4-6th grade teacher

Recessitate

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Hi Ruth,

That sounds like a helpful product, I was reading on another forum here that teachers were looking for ideas for "brain breaks," this sounds like it might be just what they're looking for.

MK

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Thanks Mary Kate!

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I'll give it a looks see!

Administrator at COlumbus Jewish Day School - K-6th Grade Independent Schoo

Teaching 2nd Graders to accept responsibility for his/her behavi

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Looking for tools, role plays or games to help Primary Grade Level students to take responsibility for one's actions rather than come up with excuses or blame others when they have done something or said something inappropriate.

Montessori 4-6th grade teacher

Teaching responsibility

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Hi Gina,

I use a program called ICPS. It trains the whole community to respond in capacity building ways to moments of conflict. It is backed by solid research and is much more affordable than most of what's out there. I use it every day in my classroom.

Mary Kate

Counseling Essentials for the Classroom

Counseling Essentials for the Classroom

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Hi Mary Kate,
I hope that you will include my Counseling Essentials program.
This is a Tier 2 type PBIS intervention (that can also be used at Tier 1) to address classroom management and behavioral issues for teens and pre-teens. Please feel free to browse the workshop information at www.counselingessentials.com
Jane

High School Special Ed. and Personal Development, Central City, Nebraska

Hi Mary Kate and fellow educators!

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The best of the best that I've personally had results with in my own life, and have witnessed amazing results with my students is through a curriculum based on MK Mueller's "8 to Great: The Powerful Process for Positive Change." The results and testimonials speak volumes for the program created by MK. I am so passionate about what I've experienced, it has become a daily topic in my conversations with others! You can find more information here: www.8togreat.com or contact the creator/author herself: mk@8togreat.com

Founder-Developer of Kids' Own Wisdom.

Kids' actually do want to take personal responsibility!

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In my 20+ years as a teacher, I experienced over and over again how much kids prefer coming up with their own answers (especially for the SEL side of their development) over continuously being told what to think and how to behave. At a certain point I developed sets of questions that engaged their own inner compass on a wide variety of topics, and after leaving classroom teaching I finally got those 'lessons' into a form that any teacher could use. Since then, we've tested the KIDS' OWN WISDOM (KOW) in 100+ classrooms across the United States, and in India, as well ... and we've got the endorsements to verify the validity of this approach. Please check out the website: http://www.kidsownwisdom.com I would so much love to answer any questions you may have, and even send you some samples.

Director, Antioch Center for School Renewal

Hi all! The Critical Skills

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Hi all! The Critical Skills Program at Antioch University New England has been teaching teachers how to do this since 1985 by integrating the SEL piece with rigorous academic expectations and problem-based learning. We've had great results all over the world and are so pleased to see this conversation returning to the national stage! We'd love to be added to any conversation on the topic. http://antiochne.edu/acsr/criticalskills

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