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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.

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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.

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Edutopia blogger Maurice Elias shares strategies and activities to help educators effectively reach students.

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Guest blogger Frances Peacock acknowledges that, when it comes to her students, she's no match for the Christmas spirit, and she beautifully details her terms of surrender.

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Guest blogger Jessica Lura discusses the Hands of Hope project, a lesson designed to commemorate the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting while starting an ongoing national conversation about school safety.

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A Mid-Year Reflection for Teachers and Students

Blogger Maurice Elias offers up useful activities to help teachers and students reflect halfway through the school year.

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Guest blogger and high school humanities teacher Joshua Block shares the six structural and pedagogical reminders he uses to steadily improve the ethic of compassion in his classroom.

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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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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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Best practices from WINGS for Kids, a carefully designed South Carolina program.

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Educating Hearts: A Districtwide Initiative to Teach How to Care

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