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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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SEL and Spirituality: Instructional Implications

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7 Tips for Better Classroom Management

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Race and Violence Should Be a School-Wide Subject

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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: The Power of Perspective

Filmmaker Randy Taran returns with the fourth post of her series Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students, this time exploring the power of perspective.

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Overcoming Resistance to Social and Emotional Character Development in Your School

Naming three common resistances to social, emotional learning and character development in schools, blogger Maurice Elias offers up resources.

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Putting Kids on a "Screen-Time Diet"

Pointing to a new study, Dr. Maurice Elias recommends cutting computer time for children and replacing it with tactile, physical activity.

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Handling Tragedy: How to Talk to Kids About Sandy Hook

Educational consultant Allen Mendler provides a set of guidelines for giving children emotional support as they struggle to understand the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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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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Unspeakable Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School

Edutopia has gathered resources that may help you and your children in respond to the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Help Students De-Stress for Success

Health teacher and Edutopia blogger Christopher Pepper highlights ways educators can help students reduce stress.

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Study: Promoting Students' Personal and Social Development Boosts Academic Outcomes, a Guest Blog by Joseph Durlak

Dr. Joseph A. Durlak and Dr. Roger P. Weissberg's research “The Impact of Enhancing Students' Social and Emotional Learning: A Meta-Analysis of School-Based Universal Interventions” makes the case for school-based social and emotional learning programs.

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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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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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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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Emotional-Intelligence Research: Indicators Point to the Importance of SEL

Research finds that students who receive lessons in appropriate social and emotional behavior do better in school and life.

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In Defense of School Counseling

Counseling is an integral part of school culture, according to Rutgers psychology professor Maurice Elias.

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Emotion in Education: An Interview with Maurice Elias
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Emotion in Education: An Interview with Maurice Elias

The director of Rutgers University's Social and Emotional Learning Lab talks about why SEL should be an integral part of academic life.

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Pages

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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