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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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Helping Students Find Purpose and Appreciation for School

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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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Teaching At-Risk Youth: Looking Back 50 Years

Blogger Maurice Elias revisits past research still relevant and valuable on how best to serve at-risk students in urban schools.

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Engaged Teaching: "Do Now" Activities for Your Lessons

Blogger Maurice Elias shares some simple tips for implementing SEL in elementary, middle and high school classes -- including a short quiet time at the beginning and end of the day, using transition circles, and reflective writing and discussion...

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Special Education: Promoting More Inclusion at Your School

Dr. Maurice Elias makes the case for promoting inclusion of students in special education in all school activities.

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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Share Your Gifts

In Part 9, the final post of her elementary student SEL series, filmmaker Randy Taran talks about what it means when students start using their gifts and passions to make a difference.

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Five Tips for Supporting Grieving Students

Chris Park of the New York Life Foundation and Dr. David Schonfeld of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement offer five tips to help teachers deal with grieving students.

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Transition Resources for Parents, Teachers, and Administrators

Blogger Matt Davis has highlighted resources that can help students make the transition into elementary school, into middle school, into high school and beyond, featuring information for parents, teachers and administrators.

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In Newtown's Wake: How Grief Is Handled at School

Chris Park, President of the New York Life Foundation, shares evidence that most teachers are unequipped to deal with grieving students - and that they would welcome the training to make this possible.

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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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Social and Emotional Learning Research Review: Evidence-Based Programs

Choosing the best program to implement social and emotional learning in your school can be daunting. Edutopia's research analyst Vanessa Vega recommends these research-proven programs.

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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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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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A Parent's Resource Guide to Social and Emotional Learning

Explore a curated list of blogs, articles, and videos for parents about fostering kindness, empathy, resilience, perseverance, and focus in children.

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Special Education: Promoting More Inclusion at Your School

Dr. Maurice Elias makes the case for promoting inclusion of students in special education in all school activities.

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Early-Childhood Education Takes to the Outdoors

Kids in Waldkindergarten, also known as forest kindergarten, are building fires and braving the snow. And they're all the better for it.

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