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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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Creating an Emotionally Healthy Classroom Environment

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7 Tips for Better Classroom Management

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Classroom Management: The Intervention Two-Step

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Resilience and Grit: Resource Roundup

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A Research-Based Approach to Arts Integration

At Bates Middle School in Annapolis, Maryland, arts integration has helped raise student achievement, in conjunction with other key best practices.

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"She Has No Pores!" Responding to Advertising's Trivialization of Women

Each year, American students are exposed to more than 15,000 advertisements, which, in turn, have a profound affect on self-image and perception of women. Here are a few classroom resources teachers can use to confront the trivialization of women by...

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Dogs as Role Models: A Lesson in Classroom Management

Edutopia blogger Richard Curwin explains the striking -- and highly useful -- similarity he found between the leadership structure of dogs and students.

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Teaching Students to Honor The Elderly

Blogger Maurice Elias proposes including honoring the elderly as one of your teaching objectives.

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Improving Academic Achievement for Disadvantaged Children

Blogger Maurice Elias emphasizes how social-emotional learning can improve academic achievement.

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Discipline and School Spirit

Blogger Maurice Elias reminds us of John Dewey's century-old words that still hold true today on school community and its connection to learning.

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Social and Emotional Curriculum: Sharing Your Gift

Filmmaker and blogger Randy Taran concludes her 7 Doors to Happiness series by examining ways that teachers and students can share their gifts.

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Have Students Create Their End-of-Year Legacy Now

Blogger Maurice Elias proposes teachers create an activity where students write their legacy, revisiting it throughout the school year.

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Resources and Downloads from WINGS for Kids

Free tools, guidelines, and activities to help you bring social and emotional learning to children in grades K-6 in your after-school setting.

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Full-Service Schools: Where Success Is More Than Academic

Communities and schools unite to meet the needs of the whole child.

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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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Senior Citizens Help Young Children with Reading -- and Relationships

In a unique program in a Tulsa suburb, kindergartners and elders learn from one another.

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Reflections of a First-Year Teacher: Learning How to Make a Difference

Seeing students reach their potential -- or even just try -- can sometimes be the greatest reward for a teacher's efforts.

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Student-Teacher Relationships Can Be Built Five Minutes at a Time

A former educator shares his experience with connecting to kids in a busy inner-city classroom.

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