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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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A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future

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Educate to Liberate: Build an Anti-Racist Classroom

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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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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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After the Cheering Stops

Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips shares the sad story of a brilliant young athlete and urges us to raise the bar in preparing our teenage sports stars for their true glory days: the rest of their lives.

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Questions and Answers: Determining What Our Students Really Need

Education professor Lori Desautels suggests that we take the time to learn what students' needs really are before attempting to meet those needs.

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Showing Your "School Family" Some Love

Edutopia blogger Nick Provenzano, in the spirit of Valentine's Day, offers four simple suggestions about how to show some love for your school family.

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Teaching Kindness: More Than a Random Act

To help observe Random Acts of Kindness Week, Edutopia blogger Lisa Dabbs introduces us to the Kind Campaign and why it's so necessary for young people.

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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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3C's to Supporting Student Success

Care, captivate, and catapult: these are Katie Jacobs' daily practices to help her second graders become the best students and people they can possibly be.

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Social and Emotional Learning: 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.

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Emotional Intelligence: Putting Theory into Practice

Social and emotional learning may seem difficult to teach, but there are activities out there that can help.

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What Bullying Looks Like in the Digital Age and How to Prevent It

As cyberbullying increases, our best options are recognizing patterns, keeping evidence, intervening when appropriate, reporting any incidents, and educating everyone -- bullies included.

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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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"Come and Play, Everything's A-OK" in the Responsive Classroom

The Responsive Classroom approach is founded on the idea that social-emotional growth and academic improvement are equally important and that learning occurs through social interaction.

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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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