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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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The Research Behind Social and Emotional Learning

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Positive Discipline Strategies Yield Quick Results

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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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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Inner Meanie and Inner Friend

In Part 5 of her elementary student SEL series, filmmaker Randy Taran shows how the Inner Positive Friend can defeat the Inner Negative Meanie.

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Crossing the Rubicon: Violence Comes to School

Edutopia blogger Richard Curwin examines possible reasons for the persistence of gun violence in America's schools.

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Go Green: Education for the Ecosystem

This environmental issue includes a roster of green heroes, lesson plans, service-learning opportunities, and more.

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Teaching Students to Stand Up and Speak Out

Blogger Rebecca Alber encourages teachers to include social justice lessons and activities in their curriculum.

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How Reading Literature Cultivates Empathy

Edutopia blogger Elena Aguilar proposes that, as the Common Core rolls in, teachers will have to make strategic decisions about when and how to integrate literature.

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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Inner Meanie and Inner Friend

In Part 5 of her elementary student SEL series, filmmaker Randy Taran shows how the Inner Positive Friend can defeat the Inner Negative Meanie.

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Creating an Emotionally Healthy Classroom Environment

Making students feel safe and earning their trust are critical elements for turning your classroom into an emotionally healthy environment.

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Teaching Grit Cultivates Resilience and Perseverance
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Teaching Grit Cultivates Resilience and Perseverance (Research Made Relevant Series)

In rural New Hampshire, fifth-grade teacher Amy Lyon has created a curriculum based on researcher Angela Duckworth’s ideas about grit. Students set and work toward their own long-term goals, learning valuable lessons about dealing with frustration and...

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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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