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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

Starting a Responsive Classroom with 5th Graders

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Helping Students Start the Year with a Positive Mindset

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Avoiding Common Mistakes When Implementing SEL

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Use Music to Develop Kids' Skills and Character

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8 Ways to Support Students Who Experience Trauma

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Helping Students Find Purpose and Appreciation for School

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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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Teaching Integrity in an Age of Cynicism

Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips reminds us that children are a lot more perceptive than we give them credit for being, and urges us to look for and teach lessons of moral integrity in a political and cultural climate that can easily lead to cynicism.

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Building on Robust Social Skills: The Cultural Assets of Young Mexican American Children

Margaret Bridges of the Institute of Human Development at UC Berkeley examines why young Mexican American children, long believed to begin school at a disadvantage, are actually starting out with advanced social-emotional skills.

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Pages

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Dealing with Pregnant Teens Is a Balancing Act for Schools

How adults can help students juggle pregnancy, parenthood, and school.

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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: The Power of Appreciation

Filmmaker Randy Taran returns with the second blog in her Elementary School SEL series, this time examining the power of appreciation.

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High Tech Reflection Strategies Make Learning Stick

Routinely asking students to ponder -- deeply and seriously -- what and how they've learned could be the "mind's strongest glue."

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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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A Comfortable Truth: Well-Planned Classrooms Make a Difference

Kids don't have to squirm to learn.

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Creating a Welcoming and Intellectually Challenging Classroom

Check out these important strategies for creating an inclusive learning space that also challenges students with rigorous thinking and projects.

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Teaching Kindness: More Than a Random Act

To help observe Random Acts of Kindness Week, Edutopia blogger Lisa Dabbs introduces us to the Kind Campaign and why it's so necessary for young people.

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