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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

Helping Students Start the Year with a Positive Mindset

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Starting a Responsive Classroom with 5th Graders

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Self-Assessment Inspires Learning

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Bullying Prevention: Students Share Dos and Don'ts

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8 Ways to Support Students Who Experience Trauma

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Limiting Our Students Via Race, Class, and Gender

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"She Has No Pores!" Responding to Advertising's Trivialization of Women

Each year, American students are exposed to more than 15,000 advertisements, which, in turn, have a profound affect on self-image and perception of women. Here are a few classroom resources teachers can use to confront the trivialization of women by...

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Dogs as Role Models: A Lesson in Classroom Management

Edutopia blogger Richard Curwin explains the striking -- and highly useful -- similarity he found between the leadership structure of dogs and students.

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Teaching Students to Honor The Elderly

Blogger Maurice Elias proposes including honoring the elderly as one of your teaching objectives.

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Improving Academic Achievement for Disadvantaged Children

Blogger Maurice Elias emphasizes how social-emotional learning can improve academic achievement.

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Discipline and School Spirit

Blogger Maurice Elias reminds us of John Dewey's century-old words that still hold true today on school community and its connection to learning.

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Social and Emotional Curriculum: Sharing Your Gift

Filmmaker and blogger Randy Taran concludes her 7 Doors to Happiness series by examining ways that teachers and students can share their gifts.

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Four Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth with Students

We’ve come a long way since June 19, 1865, the day slaves were told that Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Get classroom ideas to help celebrate this historic day.

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Teaching Tolerance: Meet the Teacher Who Started Gay-Straight Alliances

Teacher Bob Parlin launched the first gay-straight alliance in a public school. Today, this national network provides a powerful dose of social and emotional learning for students of every orientation.

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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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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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Full-Service Schools: Where Success Is More Than Academic

Communities and schools unite to meet the needs of the whole child.

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The End of the Year is Near: 4 Fun Ways to Leave

Edutopia blogger Rick Curwin, recognizing that endings are difficult for both teachers and students, offers four fun, meaningful activities to help close out the year: interviewing, role-playing, giving imaginary gifts, and creating abstract art.

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Social and Emotional Curriculum: The Seven Doors to Happiness

Filmmaker Randy Taran introduces a seven part blog series that includes curricula for adults and students to better understand happiness. For her research, she interviewed many thought leaders including the Dalai Lama and teens from three continents.

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6 Essential R's to Reduce School-Wide Bullying

Guest blogger Michele Borba, a social-emotional learning consultant, presents her six R's program, a detailed anti-bullying strategy that includes rules, recognition, reporting, response, refusal, and replacement.

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