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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.

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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

When Words Aren't Necessary

Last comment 4 weeks 4 hours ago
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5 Myths Working Against Character Education in Our Schools

Last comment 2 days 22 hours ago
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SEL Is Good Teaching

Last comment 2 weeks 3 days ago
2 184 2,691 views

Connections, Not Consequences

Tue, 02/16/2016 - 10:00
24 3,429 17,915 views

Teach Mindfulness, Invite Happiness

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 10:00
10 27,743 39,570 views

Contagious Emotions and Responding to Stress

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 10:00
5 1,842 17,521 views

Browse

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Correcting Inequity in Our Schools

Check out three ways educators can strive to bring more equity to the profession -- and to the schools where they work.

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It Takes Courage to Make Schools Better

Making one's school better requires honest conversation, and that requires courage. Check out these questions and conversation starters that can be used in faculty meetings or as a professional development activity.

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Reel Character: Using Film to Enhance Social and Emotional Learning

By viewing films through the filter of character development, students can understand how traits and mindsets so often influence the choices that people make.

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Feeling the Power of Oral Communication

While most people fear public speaking, children can learn from a young age to recognize and embrace the empathy of the people listening to them.

1 1,531 9,450 views
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Learning From Students

Unplanned interactions and observations can provide teachers with clues about who students really are, what they're thinking, and what they need in order to learn.

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Meta-Collaboration: Thinking With Another

Humans are social animals because our survival depends on it. Here are four strategies for teaching students how their brains work through acts of collaboration.

6 2,298 11,221 views
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6 Early Childhood Tips. . . From a 5th Grade Teacher?

Whatever grade you teach, your students will notice the messages you send them, the assumptions you make about them, and your expectations about their learning.

6 3,019 22,836 views

Pages

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5 Ways to Avoid Manipulation

Avoid manipulating students into compliance by giving them a voice in classroom management procedures, using musical cues, or making allies of natural group leaders.

15 2,183 23,230 views
Selling Social and Emotional Learning: An Interview with Daniel Goleman
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Selling SEL: An Interview with Daniel Goleman

The author of "Emotional Intelligence" speaks on the value of social and emotional learning.

12 197 23,230 views
Two young girls huddled together reading a book in the library
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6 Early Childhood Tips. . . From a 5th Grade Teacher?

Whatever grade you teach, your students will notice the messages you send them, the assumptions you make about them, and your expectations about their learning.

6 3,019 22,836 views
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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.

27 2,690 22,836 views
A group of eight young, elementary students are standing by their classroom desks with their arms raised in the air, talking. An adult is standing by them, holding a baby.
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Lifelong Success Starts With Social-Emotional Learning

Building a culture of health starts with developing children's social and academic aptitude from a young age with self-knowledge, empathy, communication skills, collaboration, and growth mindset.

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Gratitude: A Powerful Tool for Your Classroom

By exercising the "gratitude muscle" with a gratitude journal, students can harness positive thinking to increase their grades, goals, and quality of life.

6 5,346 22,443 views
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Teaching Empathy Through Design Thinking

While empathy is the first step in the design thinking process, keep your students focused on this necessary element as they move through definition, ideation, prototyping, and testing.

6 4,065 21,852 views

Pages

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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