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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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Limiting Our Students Via Race, Class, and Gender

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New Study: Engage Kids with 7x the Effect

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SMART Goal Setting With Your Students

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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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Activities to Build Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students

Filmmaker and blogger Randy Taran identifies "happiness skills" and suggests that we start teaching them at a young age.

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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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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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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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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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Social and Emotional Learning: 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.

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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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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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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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Social and Emotional Curriculum: Self-Reflection

In her Seven Doors to Happiness blog series, filmmaker Randy Taran opens Door Number Three to reveal techniques and positive outcomes for self-reflection..

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