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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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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.


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.


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.


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 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.


Classroom Management: The Intervention Two-Step

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Developing Teachers' Social and Emotional Skills

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5 Ways to Avoid Manipulation

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Reintegrative Shame: The Dynamic of Harm and Repair

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Classroom Management: The Intervention Two-Step

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Homework vs. No Homework Is the Wrong Question

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6 Early Childhood Tips. . . From a 5th Grade Teacher?

Whatever grade you teach, your students will notice the messages you send them, the assumptions you make about them, and your expectations about their learning.

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Fresh Starts for Hard-to-Like Students

Improve trust and communication with difficult students by expressing gratitude, using encouraging statements, and treating them in the same way you treat your best students.

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Whole Child Development Is Undervalued

Desire to learn and effective experimentation characterize the whole child approach, requiring a whole culture to extend these conditions into schooling and adult life.

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Resilience and Grit: Resource Roundup

Explore a curated collection of videos, interviews, and articles from around the web for adults looking to build resilience and grit in young people.

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Laughter and Learning: Humor Boosts Retention

Humor activates the brain's dopamine reward system, stimulating goal-oriented motivation and long-term memory, which means that humor can improve retention in students of all ages.

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A Path Appears: Awareness, Engagement, and Action

A documentary series examining human trafficking and youth empowerment can raise students' awareness of national and global humanitarian crises, inspiring them to engage and act.

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12 Ways to Avoid Student Humiliation

Embarrassing or belittling students may interfere with learning and lead to long-term resentment. Teachers should treat students respectfully and be mindful of their feelings.

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How to Start a Meditation Program in Your School

Training, consistency, and trust are keys to successfully implementing a meditation program in school.

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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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4 Early-Year Keys for Effective Classroom Discipline

Effective classroom management starts at the beginning of the year when a teacher clearly and respectfully lays out behavior standards and methods for handling misbehavior.

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Resources & Downloads for Meditation in Schools

Educators from Visitacion Valley Middle School, in San Francisco, have provided these samples and resources for you to use in your school.

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Teaching Digital Citizenship in the Elementary Classroom

Teaching digital citizenship and internet safety is a lot more meaningful when students can engage in authentic online experiences.

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Smart Hearts: Social and Emotional Learning Overview

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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Teach Mindfulness, Invite Happiness

Teaching students mindfulness can help them counteract the negative emotions and low self-esteem associated with a culture of standardized testing.

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An Introduction to Social and Emotional Learning

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

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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