Facebook
Edutopia on Facebook
Twitter
Edutopia on Twitter
Google+
Edutopia on Google+
Pinterest
Edutopia on Pinterest Follow Me on Pinterest
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

Last comment 2 days 9 hours ago
7 354 14,312 views

The Roots of Violence: Getting Past the Point of No Return

Last comment 3 weeks 3 days ago
4 4 594 views

Creating an Emotionally Healthy Classroom Environment

Last comment 5 days 2 hours ago
5 1 9,425 views

The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies

Blog posted Tue, 07/08/2014 - 06:06
5 423 8,557 views

Coding for Kindergarteners

Blog posted Mon, 07/07/2014 - 15:00
7 354 14,312 views

7 Tips for Better Classroom Management

Blog posted Wed, 09/11/2013 - 10:07
17 35 49,809 views

Browse

blog

No Name-Calling Week: Cultivating Kindness and Playgrounds of Respect

Robert McGarry, Director of Education for GLSEN, discusses the origins of No Name-Calling Week, a time for schools to encourage tolerance and empathy.

5 1,061 views
blog

Teaching Students the ABCs of Resilience

Renee Jain, a positive psychology practitioner with a focus on SEL, discusses the ABCs of Resilience, a simple yet critical formula for helping young people overcome adversity.

6 2 19,252 views
blog

How Tough Kids Can Make Us Better Teachers

Educational consultant Allen Mendler offers teachers a simple attitude adjustment to reframe the challenge presented by difficult student behavior.

6 5,917 views
blog

Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: The Power of Perspective

Filmmaker Randy Taran returns with the fourth post of her series Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students, this time exploring the power of perspective.

1 1 3,003 views
blog

Overcoming Resistance to Social and Emotional Character Development in Your School

Naming three common resistances to social, emotional learning and character development in schools, blogger Maurice Elias offers up resources.

2 2,385 views
blog

Putting Kids on a "Screen-Time Diet"

Pointing to a new study, Dr. Maurice Elias recommends cutting computer time for children and replacing it with tactile, physical activity.

3 5,387 views
blog

Handling Tragedy: How to Talk to Kids About Sandy Hook

Educational consultant Allen Mendler provides a set of guidelines for giving children emotional support as they struggle to understand the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

4 619 views

Pages

blog

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.

7 1 9,538 views
blog

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.

23 5 9,538 views
blog

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.

5 1 9,425 views
blog

Teaching Students to Stand Up and Speak Out

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

9 1 9,185 views
blog

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.

1 1 9,096 views
article

Child-Development Findings Are Ready for School

Schools can bridge the long-standing gulf between child psychology and classroom practice.

6 9,096 views
article

Emotional-Intelligence Research: Indicators Point to the Importance of SEL

Research finds that students who receive lessons in appropriate social and emotional behavior do better in school and life.

5 9,096 views

Pages