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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

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Resources to Fight Bullying and Harassment at School

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Resources to Fight Bullying and Harassment at School

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Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying

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To Improve School Climate, Examine Recess

Jill Vialet, Founder and CEO of Playworks, presents research about the SEL benefits of school recess, and offers five steps toward improving school climate by improving what happens on the playground.

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How to Get Students Ready for Learning
Schools That Work

Getting Students Ready for Learning

Responsive Classroom techniques, such as relationship-building morning meetings and engaging student-led activities, get students focused and ready to learn.

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How More Social and Emotional Learning (and Less Academics) Actually Builds Academic Success

Elementary school principal Scott McFarland explains why helping children relax and self-regulate also helps them become better students.

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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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How to Trust Your Students

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley shares what it means for teachers to trust their students, providing evidence of the immediate and long-term benefits.

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Kids Master Mathematics When They're Challenged But Supported

Math test scores soar if students are given the chance to struggle.

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Up Front: The Benefits of Art and Music in Schools

How this student learned, through a high school music teacher, that arts education is an incalculable treasure.

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Restoring the Soul and Skill of Educators Through Engaged Teaching

Blogger Maurice Elias contends education involves the whole child -- nurturing the curiosity, intellect, hearts and souls of children -- at all times.

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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.

13 378 8,565 views
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Shared Mindfulness: Building Supportive Relationships in the Classroom

By pairing students to sit back to back and focus on their breathing, you can help them develop a sense of mutuality and social awareness.

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Resources to Fight Bullying and Harassment at School

Discover websites, organizations, articles, planning guides, lesson plans, and other resources dedicated to preventing bullying and harassment.

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Pages

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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