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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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Avoiding Common Mistakes When Implementing SEL

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Creating a Welcoming and Intellectually Challenging Classroom

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Helping Students Start the Year with a Positive Mindset

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Use Music to Develop Kids' Skills and Character

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Working with Students Who Have a Hard Time Collaborating

Guest blogger Robin Newton examines the reasons why some students are unwilling or uncertain when it comes to collaborating with their peers.

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Unspeakable Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School

Edutopia has gathered resources that may help you and your children in respond to the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.

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How Swede It Is: Are Practical (and Affordable) Swedish Preschools Better?

For an American mother living in Stockholm, innovative preschool education makes the long, dark winters tolerable.

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5 Ways Literature Can Teach Global Lessons in Elementary Classes

Guest blogger Becky Morales, creator of Kid World Citizen, offers five ideas for using literature about children and families in other parts of the world to broaden the minds of U.S. elementary students.

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Schools Must Validate Artistic Expression

Creativity is a key part of the educated mind.

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Pow! How Comics in the Classroom Can Combat Bullying

Comic strips contests can be used as a tool for educating students about bullying.

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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.

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Teaching Grit: How to Help Students Overcome Inner Obstacles

In the second of her two-part series about grit, guest blogger Vicki Zakrzewski looks at how to encourage self-perception and emotional management in an academic setting, with help from Edutopia's video team.

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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Passion and Strengths

Filmmaker Randy Taran continues her blog series about building social and emotional skills in elementary students. This time she focuses on passions and strengths.

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