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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

Q&A with Daniel Goleman: How the Research Supports Social-Emotional Learning

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"Whatever! You Think I Care?"

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8 Tips for Schools Interested in Restorative Justice

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Just Breathe: When Teachers Practice Mindfulness

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It's Profoundly Simple: Just Be Nice

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8 Tips for Schools Interested in Restorative Justice

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Browse

Daniel Goleman: The Emotional Atmosphere of a Classroom Matters
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Daniel Goleman on the Importance of Cultivating Focus (Video Playlist)

Best-selling author and social-emotional learning pioneer Daniel Goleman offers tips and insights from his new book about how focus drives achievement and success.

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Teaching Personal/Social Management Skills in Physical Education

PE teacher, faculty advisor and author Harvey Zahn provides examples of how the PSMS (personal/social management skills) strategy can be applied to elementary school physical education.

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Restorative Justice: Resources for Schools

Resources and case studies that demonstrate how to bring restorative justice to your school or classroom.

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The Great "Respect" Deception

Edutopia blogger Rick Curwin sheds some light on the gray area between values and rules, suggesting greater honesty and clarity around the behavior teachers expect from their students.

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Happiness: A Key Outcome of Equitable Schools

How might we apply the country of Bhutan's Gross National Happiness index in our schools?

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Why We Want Kids to Have Smartphones

Edutopia blogger Matt Levinson suggests that, since it's no longer realistic to keep kids off the digital playground accessible through smartphones, we should become the ones who supervise their play.

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The Power of the Morning Meeting: 5 Steps Toward Changing Your Classroom and School Culture

Edutopia blogger Lisa Dabbs shares her own transformative experience with the Morning Meeting model and suggests five steps for integrating this practice into the classroom.

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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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Grit Curriculum Lesson: Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals
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Grit Curriculum Lesson: Setting S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Setting long-term goals is a key part of learning to be gritty. Teacher Beth Perkins helps her fifth graders evaluate their real-life goals to understand the elements that make up the best ones.

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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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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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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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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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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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