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

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Our Students with EBD

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Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying

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7 Tips for Better Classroom Management

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Activities to teach Adults what dysregulation feels like

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Another Person's World: Ed Reform Through True Understanding

Professor of education Lori Desuatels shares a thoughtful, compelling meditation on her recent experience of truly looking inside the world of the underprivileged and underserved.

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Resources and Downloads for SEL Classroom Management

Educators from Mount Desert Elementary School in Northeast Harbor, Maine, have shared a some social and emotional learning tools, and we've gathered some of our favorite resources as well.

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A Year at Mission Hill: Love and Limits and The Eye of the Dragon

A Year at Mission Hill is a video documentary series that covers the transformation of one inner city elementary school in Boston. In Chapters Four and Five, we watch teachers as they strive to reach all students in full-inclusion classrooms, and...

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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Emotional Management

In Part 6 of her elementary student SEL series, filmmaker Randy Taran sets the stage for Ninja Mastery, a.k.a. learning emotional management.

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Filling in Thought Holes: An Invaluable Social and Emotional Learning Lesson

Psychologist and SEL advocate Renee Jain identifies the cognitive distortions known as thought holes, and offers a lesson on how to avoid falling into them.

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A Teaching Moment: The Peace Corps as a Source of Inspiration

Maurice Elias remembers the origins of the Peace Corps and shares some ideas for related service learning activities.

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A Year at Mission Hill: Beginning of the Year and Making it Real

A Year at Mission Hill is a video documentary series that covers the transformation of one Boston inner city elementary school. In Chapters Two and Three, we watch teachers and students come together to lay a foundation of respect and trust, and...

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The Research Behind Social and Emotional Learning

Social and emotional learning gives kids a variety of tools to help them succeed, including a boost in motivation to learn, more time spent on homework, and increased test scores.

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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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Social and Emotional Learning: Resources for Parents

There are many ways parents can encourage emotionally intelligent behavior in their children. Check out this guide to resources for learning more about character development.

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Studies Emphasize the Importance of Childhood Play

Many would agree that play is important for the health and development of children, but just how critical is it? Blogger Suzie Boss explores several research studies that delve into the question.

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Transition Resources for Parents, Teachers, and Administrators

Blogger Matt Davis has highlighted resources that can help students make the transition into elementary school, into middle school, into high school and beyond, featuring information for parents, teachers and administrators.

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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Inner Meanie and Inner Friend

In Part 5 of her elementary student SEL series, filmmaker Randy Taran shows how the Inner Positive Friend can defeat the Inner Negative Meanie.

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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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Teach SEL Pinboard

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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