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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

Coding for Kindergarteners

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The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies

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Teachers Need to Follow Their Own Rules

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7 Tips for Better Classroom Management

Blog posted Wed, 09/11/2013 - 10:07
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3C's to Supporting Student Success

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Integrating the 16 Habits of Mind

Edutopia blogger Terry Heick provides a quick tour of Costa and Kallick's 16 Habits of Mind, along with suggestions for integrating them as classroom best practices.

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

Filmmaker Randy Taran returns with the second blog in her Elementary School SEL series, this time examining the power of appreciation.

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Reframing: Seeing Students in a New Way

Edutopia blogger Richard Curwin discusses the benefits of reframing to avoid stigmatizing students and to guide situations toward the best possible outcome.

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Using Books for Anti-Bullying Instruction

Blogger Maurice Elias explores anti-bullying resources and students activities to consider adding to your social-emotional learning curriculum.

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SEL: Lessons in Forgiveness and Gratitude

Blogger Maurice Elias connects the Jewish Holiday Yom Kippur and lesson ideas for students on gratitude and forgiveness.

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Embracing Introversion: Ways to Stimulate Reserved Students in the Classroom

Introversion doesn't need to be "overcome." Instead, it's best to recognize introverted students and offer them alternatives in the classroom, says blogger Tony Baldasaro.

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The Eyes Have It: Potent Visuals Promote Academic Richness

Visual Thinking Strategies blazes a path from artistic inquiry to scholastic achievement.

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In Defense of School Counseling

Counseling is an integral part of school culture, according to Rutgers psychology professor Maurice Elias.

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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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How to Effectively Develop Social-Emotional and Reflection Skills

Rutgers professor Maurice Elias outlines strategies for developing your students' social emotional and reflection skills.

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Beat the Cheat: Teaching Students (and Parents) It's Not OK to Copy

When a teacher takes a stand against plagiarism, the ensuing showdown can be painful.

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Study: Promoting Students' Personal and Social Development Boosts Academic Outcomes, a Guest Blog by Joseph Durlak

Dr. Joseph A. Durlak and Dr. Roger P. Weissberg's research “The Impact of Enhancing Students' Social and Emotional Learning: A Meta-Analysis of School-Based Universal Interventions” makes the case for school-based social and emotional learning programs.

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One Small Step: How to Measure a Carbon Footprint

Calculate your impact on the climate and learn how to tread lightly.

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