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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

Starting a Responsive Classroom with 5th Graders

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Infographic: Meditation in Schools Across America

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SMART Goal Setting With Your Students

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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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Kindergarten Entry Date

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

Filmmaker Randy Taran returns with the second blog in her Elementary School SEL series, this time examining the power of appreciation.

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Reframing: Seeing Students in a New Way

Edutopia blogger Richard Curwin discusses the benefits of reframing to avoid stigmatizing students and to guide situations toward the best possible outcome.

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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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How to Effectively Develop Social-Emotional and Reflection Skills

Rutgers professor Maurice Elias outlines strategies for developing your students' social emotional and reflection skills.

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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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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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Can Kindness Be Taught?

Blogger Maurice Elias turns to social-emotional learning experts to help answer this very important question.

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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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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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Five-Minute Film Festival: Reaching Learners of All Abilities

Looking for resources to help understand and address learning differences in the classroom? This collection of videos and resources offers strategies teachers can use to reach all students in an inclusive environment.

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