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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Social and Emotional Learning

Find and share resources for creating a healthy school culture by helping students develop skills to manage their emotions, resolve conflicts, and make responsible decisions.

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Overview

What is Social and Emotional Learning?

When students work together on project teams, they learn to collaborate, communicate, and resolve conflicts. Cooperative learning and character development supports the social and emotional development of students and prepares them for success in the modern workplace. Watch an introduction video.

History

A Short History

Teaching the soft skills, traditionally associated with conflict resolution and character education, has evolved from being considered "wishy-washy" to being an integral part of educating the whole child. See how a movement takes off.

Experts

What Experts Say

National and local experts discuss how educating the whole child by including social and emotional skills with academics is critical for success in school and in life. See what the experts say.

Research

SEL 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. Dig deeper.

Why

Why Champion SEL?

Helping students develop a sense of self will ultimately help them to better manage their emotions, communicate, and resolve conflicts nonviolently. See how to help students build character.

Discuss

How and Why Intrinsic Motivation Works

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Brains in Pain Cannot Learn!

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Behavior Expectations and How to Teach Them

Last comment 5 days 19 hours ago
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The Responsive Classroom: "Why Is Everyone So Nice Here?"

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 12:00
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When Helping Hurts

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6 3,093 28,925 views

Let's Talk Our Way Out of It.

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 22:49
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When Helping Hurts

Learning includes developing time-management skills, making choices, meeting deadlines, and coping with possible failure. This becomes harder when adults try to make students' lives too easy.

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Brains in Pain Cannot Learn!

Young people experiencing anxiety or depression are unable to learn. We can overcome this through physical movement, focused attention practices, and teaching them about how brains work.

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Turning Current Events Instruction Into Social Justice Teaching

When teaching social justice through current events, consider who your students are, explore opinions and perspective, clarify social justice themes, use interactive technology, and encourage activism.

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Resources on Learning From Failure

Prevent fear of failure from holding students back by targeting strategies that normalize struggle and help children view mistakes as opportunities.

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Resources for Responding to Trauma and Tragedy

Review approaches to support students who have experienced trauma, learn how to help grieving students, and find guidance on coping with violence and disaster.

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Resources on Grit and Perseverance

Explore an array of resources about understanding and building student perseverance, and consider questions raised by the research on grit.

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Resources for Nurturing Resilience

The ability to bounce back from adversity is associated with a variety of skills. Learn more about the resilience research and supports and strategies to address resilience in young people. 

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Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying

Practicing kindness has proven health and psychological benefits, and teaching kindness contributes to behavior patterns that counteract the impulse toward bullying.

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How to Develop Positive Classroom Management

We've gathered tips from educators about proactive discipline methods. Join the conversation and share your experience about what works.

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Homework vs. No Homework Is the Wrong Question

Does your school have a homework policy? How does your school ensure that teachers don't overload students with busy work?

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Integrating the 16 Habits of Mind

Edutopia blogger Terry Heick provides a quick tour of Costa and Kallick's 16 Habits of Mind, along with suggestions for integrating them as classroom best practices.

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Discover Your Multiple Intelligences
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Take a Quiz: Learn Something New About Yourself!

How tech savvy are you? Are you a visual or a verbal learner? How do you manage your emotions? Take a quiz and get answers to these questions -- and bring the results to your classroom.

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Bullying Prevention: 5 Tips for Teachers, Principals, and Parents

Blogger Anne O'Brien shares five valuable bully prevention tips for teachers, parents, and principals.

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SMART Goal Setting With Your Students

SMART goals are specific, measurable, action-oriented, rigorous, and tracked. Help your students develop them through a series of ongoing peer interviews.

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An Introduction to Social and Emotional Learning
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Social and Emotional Learning 101

Emotional intelligence must be developed in children before any other learning can effectively take place.

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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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