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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

Building Community With Attendance Questions

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13 Common Sayings to Avoid

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Helping Students Start the School Year With a Positive Mindset

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Helping Students Start the School Year With a Positive Mindset

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Creating Classrooms for Social Justice

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Building Community With Attendance Questions

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The Counselor's Role: Scaffolded Support In and Outside of the Classroom

Embedded in study halls, Trinidad Garza Early College High School counselors support their students to succeed through scaffolded academic and social-emotional supports.

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4 Ways to Use Athletics to Promote SEL and Character Development

Check out these four ways that athletic experiences promote social and emotional learning and character development.

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Calming End-of-Year Stress

The school year's end can be stressful to students leaving a structured environment for uncertain situations. Offer connection and affirmation to help them feel valued and confident.

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Exit Celebrating: 8 Epic Ideas for Ending the School Year

Give your students a year-end send-off that celebrates their learning. Ideas include Top 10 lists, party-themed exams, symbolic toasts, and heartfelt letters.

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Controlled Failure: Helping Kids Navigate Back to Success

University Park Campus School encourages students to take risks and, if they fail, helps them take responsibility for their own learning and success.

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Tips and Resources for Funding an SEL Program

When funding your SEL program, whether through government or private sources, remember that relationships, partnerships, and united fronts matter, and that vision and flexibility are critical.

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Resources on Mindfulness in Education

Discover how mindfulness practices are being applied in schools, learn about some of the early research on benefits, and explore classroom, school-wide, and after-school strategies and programs.

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Bullying Prevention: 5 Tips for Teachers, Principals, and Parents

Blogger Anne O'Brien shares five valuable bully prevention tips for teachers, parents, and principals.

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Discover Your Multiple Intelligences
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Take a Quiz: Learn Something New About Yourself!

How tech savvy are you? Are you a visual or a verbal learner? How do you manage your emotions? Take a quiz and get answers to these questions -- and bring the results to your classroom.

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Restorative Justice: Resources for Schools

Explore resources and case studies that demonstrate how to bring restorative justice to your school or classroom.

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The Four Keys to Helping At-Risk Kids

At-risk youth need stable, caring relationships with the adults in their lives, as well as obtainable goals.

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5 Keys to Social and Emotional Learning Success
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5 Keys to Successful Social and Emotional Learning

Studies show that sustained and well-integrated social and emotional learning (SEL) engages students and improves achievement. Explore classroom practices that make up the most effective SEL programs.

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Preparing for Cultural Diversity: Resources for Teachers

How can teachers prepare for diverse classrooms? There isn't a definitive answer, but there is a wealth of resources online. Here, blogger Matt Davis rounds up some helpful links for teachers.

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3 Things Students Desire to Hear From Teachers

Students deeply desire to hear that their teachers believe in them, recognize and can explain their purpose, and want to know who they really are.

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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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