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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

Fresh Starts for Hard-to-Like Students

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Homework vs. No Homework Is the Wrong Question

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Laughter and Learning: Humor Boosts Retention

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Learning From Students

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Schools Confront Teen Suicide

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It Takes Courage to Make Schools Better

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The End of the Year is Near: 4 Fun Ways to Leave

Edutopia blogger Rick Curwin, recognizing that endings are difficult for both teachers and students, offers four fun, meaningful activities to help close out the year: interviewing, role-playing, giving imaginary gifts, and creating abstract art.

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Core Strategies for Innovation and Reform in Learning

See an overview of Edutopia's core strategies, including project-based learning, social-emotional learning, comprehensive assessment, technology integration, integrated studies and teacher development.

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Your Face Scares Me: Understanding the Hyperrational Adolescent Brain

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley explores the power and purpose of the teenage brain, discovering surprises such as low dopamine levels, abundant of hyperrationality, and how adults can enable teen impulse by subtly redirecting it.

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Teaching Character: The Choices We Make

Guest blogger Bill Courtney, business owner and community volunteer, explores the elusive qualities that make a 'high-character individual,' and how real character flows from our decision about how we will react to challenges.

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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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Emotions are Contagious

Guest blogger Lori Desautels suggests that, instead of fighting fire with fire when a student acts up, deploy four positive interactions - recognizing signs, understanding patterns, modeling self-awareness, and validating feelings - to defuse the...

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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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8 Play-Based Strategies to Engage Youth in Learning

Play is something that comes naturally to young people, so why not enhance their learning opportunities by engaging them to play with purpose?

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Raise Your Students' Emotional-Intelligence Quotient

Implement these strategies at your school to promote social and emotional learning.

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How to Bring Listening Circles to Your Class

To enhance classroom culture, use a listening circle to build respect, deepen trust, and share humor. Prompt your students thoughtfully, and record your observations afterward.

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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 More Compassionate Classrooms

Guest blogger and high school humanities teacher Joshua Block shares the six structural and pedagogical reminders he uses to steadily improve the ethic of compassion in his classroom.

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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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Emotional Intelligence Is the Missing Piece

Social and emotional learning can help students successfully resolve conflict, communicate clearly, solve problems, and much more.

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An Introduction to Social and Emotional Learning
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Social and Emotional Learning 101

Emotional intelligence must be developed in children before any other learning can effectively take place.

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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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