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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

Infographic: Meditation in Schools Across America

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Self-Assessment Inspires Learning

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Helping Students Start the Year with a Positive Mindset

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Teachers need support around social and emotional skills, too

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Creating a Welcoming and Intellectually Challenging Classroom

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Helping Students Start the Year with a Positive Mindset

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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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Resources and Downloads for SEL Classroom Management

Educators from Mount Desert Elementary School in Northeast Harbor, Maine, have shared a some social and emotional learning tools, and we've gathered some of our favorite resources as well.

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A Year at Mission Hill: Love and Limits and The Eye of the Dragon

A Year at Mission Hill is a video documentary series that covers the transformation of one inner city elementary school in Boston. In Chapters Four and Five, we watch teachers as they strive to reach all students in full-inclusion classrooms, and...

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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Emotional Management

In Part 6 of her elementary student SEL series, filmmaker Randy Taran sets the stage for Ninja Mastery, a.k.a. learning emotional management.

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Filling in Thought Holes: An Invaluable Social and Emotional Learning Lesson

Psychologist and SEL advocate Renee Jain identifies the cognitive distortions known as thought holes, and offers a lesson on how to avoid falling into them.

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Up Front: The Benefits of Art and Music in Schools

How this student learned, through a high school music teacher, that arts education is an incalculable treasure.

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What to Do When Students Lie

Edutopia blogger Rick Curwin looks at some of the reasons why students don't tell the truth, and suggests a few strategies for confronting the issue.

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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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Schools Exercise Fresh Methods to Keep Kids Active

Roll over, dodgeball. Bold new activities put the fizz back in physical education.

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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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A Mid-Year Reflection for Teachers and Students

Blogger Maurice Elias offers up useful activities to help teachers and students reflect halfway through the school year.

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Gender Matters: Dividing Boys and Girls

Educators battle over single-sex schools.

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