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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.

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

Infographic: Meditation in Schools Across America

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Self-Assessment Inspires Learning

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Avoiding Common Mistakes When Implementing SEL

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SMART Goal Setting With Your Students

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The Great "Respect" Deception

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New Study: Engage Kids with 7x the Effect

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How to Trust Your Students

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley shares what it means for teachers to trust their students, providing evidence of the immediate and long-term benefits.

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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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Teaching Emotional Literacy

Edutopia blogger Maurice Elias shares why teaching emotional literacy should be a priority and how it relates to academic success.

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Back to School: Goal Setting With Your Students

Blogger Maurice Elias explores 12 virtues for teachers to use when goal setting with students.

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Playground Neuroscience: Connect and Redirect

Teacher and PD specialist Barbora Bridle offers a quick lesson in playground neuroscience to help teachers guide their students through social-emotional issues.

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Teach Social-Emotional Learning for Better Schools, Safer Neighborhoods

Laura Rabb Morgan, Founder of South Chicago Block Club Coalition SEL Grassroots Movement, talks about her awakening to the need for social-emotional learning in her neighborhood.

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Creating a Positive Climate and Culture: How Inclusive Schools Promote SEL

Dr. Maurice Elias highlights schools where social, emotional learning and inclusive curriculum go hand-in-hand.

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Meditation Helps Lower Truancy and Suspensions
Schools That Work

How Daily Meditation Improves Behavior

With levels of violence and poverty rising around them, San Francisco middle school students find social and emotional healing -- and a new readiness to learn -- in a bold program of daily meditation.

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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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Teachers Need to Follow Their Own Rules

Edutopia blogger Rick Curwin explains how behavior follows values, asks how children can be expected to follow rules that their teachers fail to model consistently and meaningfully, and proposes two simple but profound behavior changes.

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Wish List: Donated School Supplies Are Just a Click Away

The dos and don'ts of requesting supplies at DonorsChoose.org.

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How Canada Is Closing the Achievement Gap (Education Everywhere Series)
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How Canada Is Closing the Achievement Gap (Education Everywhere Series)

In Ontario, schools have raised their test scores and graduation rates by providing resources such as full-time student success teachers, who help English-language learners and other students in need.

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The Advantage of Disadvantage: Teachers with Disabilities Are Not a Handicap

Disabled teachers bring a unique perspective to the classroom.

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Infographic: Meditation in Schools Across America

As a growing body of research points to positive outcomes from meditation in schools, programs are spreading across the country.

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