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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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Infographic: Meditation in Schools Across America

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Classroom Management: The Intervention Two-Step

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Resilience and Grit: Resource Roundup

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Questions and Answers: Determining What Our Students Really Need

Education professor Lori Desautels suggests that we take the time to learn what students' needs really are before attempting to meet those needs.

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Showing Your "School Family" Some Love

Edutopia blogger Nick Provenzano, in the spirit of Valentine's Day, offers four simple suggestions about how to show some love for your school family.

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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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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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Police Presence in Schools: A Social-Emotional Learning Perspective

Blogger Maurice Elias weighs the pros and cons of police patrol on school campuses.

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Dealing With Digital Behavior Issues: A Parent Guide

Edward Chen, Director of Technology at The Nueva School, presents a framework to help parents deal with their children's digital behavior issues.

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A Year at Mission Hill: An Exciting New Film Series

Blogger Mark Phillips offers an advance review of "A Year at Mission Hill," a 10-part film about a remarkable Boston public pilot school that will premier in five segments on Edutopia.

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Restoring the Soul and Skill of Educators Through Engaged Teaching

Blogger Maurice Elias contends education involves the whole child -- nurturing the curiosity, intellect, hearts and souls of children -- at all times.

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How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

Blogger Elena Aguilar shares highlights from Paul Tough's new book, How Children Succeed.

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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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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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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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It's Time for Social and Emotional Learning for All

Edutopia blogger Elena Aguilar makes a case for social and emotional learning for adults as well as children on all school campuses.

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Gender Matters: Dividing Boys and Girls

Educators battle over single-sex schools.

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