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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

Coding for Kindergarteners

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The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies

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Teachers Need to Follow Their Own Rules

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7 Tips for Better Classroom Management

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3C's to Supporting Student Success

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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Empathy

In Part 7 of her elementary student SEL series, filmmaker Randy Taran offers suggestions and examples for cultivating empathy in schools.

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Support for Implementing Social, Emotional Learning

Dr. Maurice Elias highlights Second Step, a pre-K to grade 8 program used to teach social, emotional skills such as self-regulation, empathy, emotion management, problem solving, and executive function skills.

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The Digital Lives of Teens: The Internet Never Takes a Rest

Principal and blogger Matt Levinson looks at the ubiquitous nature of social media and its impact on the lives and identities of teens.

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To Improve School Climate, Examine Recess

Jill Vialet, Founder and CEO of Playworks, presents research about the SEL benefits of school recess, and offers five steps toward improving school climate by improving what happens on the playground.

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How to Get Students Ready for Learning
Schools That Work

Getting Students Ready for Learning

Responsive Classroom techniques, such as relationship-building morning meetings and engaging student-led activities, get students focused and ready to learn.

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How More Social and Emotional Learning (and Less Academics) Actually Builds Academic Success

Elementary school principal Scott McFarland explains why helping children relax and self-regulate also helps them become better students.

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Another Person's World: Ed Reform Through True Understanding

Professor of education Lori Desuatels shares a thoughtful, compelling meditation on her recent experience of truly looking inside the world of the underprivileged and underserved.

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To Enable Learning, Put (Emotional) Safety First

Building a secure, supportive classroom environment is essential to allow young brains to learn.

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Disabled Bodies, Able Minds: Giving Voice, Movement, and Independence to the Physically Challenged

From voice-activated software to customized laptops, assistive technology is changing the way disabled students communicate, learn, and play.

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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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Social and Emotional Learning in Action
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Social and Emotional Learning in Action

The Resolving Conflict Creatively Program helps develop emotional intelligence in Brooklyn inner-city students.

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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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Six Tips for Teaching Social and Emotional Skills After School

Best practices from WINGS for Kids, a carefully designed South Carolina program.

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What They See Is What We Get: A Primer on Light

Ten myths about lighting and color in schools.

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