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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.

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Teach Mindfulness, Invite Happiness

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Cracking the Code of Student Emotional Pain

By looking beneath negative behaviors, teachers can learn why students are communicating in this way and formulate strategies for how they can help.

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The Importance of a Healthy Teacher Ego

Rather than trying to be the star performer in the classroom, teachers should strive to maintain faith in their ability to help students learn.

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The Value of a Real Apology

"Sorry" can be the easiest (and least meaningful) word when delivered without understanding or caring. Effective apologies must come from a place of integrity

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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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7 Tips for Better Classroom Management

Tyler Hester, teacher and professional development coach, offers seven compelling tips - and one amazing video - about the roots of better classroom management.

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Take a Quiz: Learn Something New About Yourself!

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How to Teach Math as a Social Activity

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13 Common Sayings to Avoid

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

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Educating Hearts: A Districtwide Initiative to Teach How to Care

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