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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

Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying

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How to Bring Listening Circles to Your Class

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It’s a Mistake Not to Use Mistakes as Part of the Learning Process

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Really Siri(us) Consciousness

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Heteronormativity in Schools

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Teach Social-Emotional Learning for Better Schools, Safer Neighborhoods

Laura Rabb Morgan, Founder of South Chicago Block Club Coalition SEL Grassroots Movement, talks about her awakening to the need for social-emotional learning in her neighborhood.

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Creating a Positive Climate and Culture: How Inclusive Schools Promote SEL

Dr. Maurice Elias highlights schools where social, emotional learning and inclusive curriculum go hand-in-hand.

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Teaching Integrity in an Age of Cynicism

Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips reminds us that children are a lot more perceptive than we give them credit for being, and urges us to look for and teach lessons of moral integrity in a political and cultural climate that can easily lead to cynicism.

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Building on Robust Social Skills: The Cultural Assets of Young Mexican American Children

Margaret Bridges of the Institute of Human Development at UC Berkeley examines why young Mexican American children, long believed to begin school at a disadvantage, are actually starting out with advanced social-emotional skills.

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Teaching At-Risk Youth: Looking Back 50 Years

Blogger Maurice Elias revisits past research still relevant and valuable on how best to serve at-risk students in urban schools.

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Engaged Teaching: "Do Now" Activities for Your Lessons

Blogger Maurice Elias shares some simple tips for implementing SEL in elementary, middle and high school classes -- including a short quiet time at the beginning and end of the day, using transition circles, and reflective writing and discussion...

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Special Education: Promoting More Inclusion at Your School

Dr. Maurice Elias makes the case for promoting inclusion of students in special education in all school activities.

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Pages

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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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How to Bring Listening Circles to Your Class

To enhance classroom culture, use a listening circle to build respect, deepen trust, and share humor. Prompt your students thoughtfully, and record your observations afterward.

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Q&A with Daniel Goleman: How the Research Supports Social-Emotional Learning

Research shows that SEL increases prosocial classroom behavior, teaches cognitive control, changes students' home life, and prepares them for future success.

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How Questions Promote Cognitive, Social, and Emotional Learning Across Subject Areas

Foster more careful and grounded reading in students by asking questions of varying levels of difficulty.

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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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Helping Students Find Purpose and Appreciation for School

There are four areas that matter most to job satisfaction and productivity teachers can apply to their own work -- and to the lessons they design for students.

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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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Teach SEL Pinterest Board

Visit Edutopia's pinboard on Pinterest to explore a curated collection of ideas and resources to support social and emotional learning in the classroom.

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Goals Worksheet for Social & Emotional Development

Download a list with examples of daily goals and big goals to help you guide student goal-setting for social and emotional learning and development.

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Self-Assessment Rubric for Social & Emotional Development

Download a rubric template to help you support student self-assessment of social and emotional learning.

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Self-Assessment Questions for Social & Emotional Development

Download a list of self-reflection questions to help you support student self-assessment of social and emotional learning.

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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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