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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

Infographic: Meditation in Schools Across America

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Self-Assessment Inspires Learning

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Avoiding Common Mistakes When Implementing SEL

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Limiting Our Students Via Race, Class, and Gender

Blog posted Thu, 08/28/2014 - 09:59
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New Study: Engage Kids with 7x the Effect

Blog posted Mon, 08/25/2014 - 14:56
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SMART Goal Setting With Your Students

Blog posted Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:12
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A Teachable Moment: Anne Frank's Birthday

Blogger Elena Aguilar commemorates what would have been Anne Frank's 83rd birthday and shares resources for teaching students about the Holocaust and other tragic genocides.

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Adolescents, the Wilderness, and Schools

Blogger Mark Phillips advocates for the huge role that nature and wilderness can play in giving kids, and especially teens, a much needed perspective of their place in the world.

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Leading the Way in Social, Emotional, and Character Development Standards

Blogger Maurice Elias highlights the ways Kansas has included social and emotional learning standards to the curriculum.

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Social and Emotional Curriculum: Interdependence

Filmmaker Randy Taran talks about the importance of Interdependence, Door 6 in her 7 Doors to Happiness series.

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Combining SEL and Social Studies

Blogger Maurice Elias presents a social studies lesson that challenges students to think with their heads and their hearts.

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Trayvon Martin: The Wakeup Call to End Stereotype Threat

Becki Cohn-Vargas, director of Not In Our School, examines the concepts of stereotype threat and identity safety, and suggests how we can prevent one while promoting the other.

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What Are You Teaching Today? Poetry That Inspires!

Blogger Lisa Dabbs offers a few suggestions for an in-class Poem in Your Pocket Day as a way of helping students celebrate National Poetry Month.

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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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Michael Pritchard: Lessons from the Heart
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Michael Pritchard Teaches Lessons from the Heart

A champion of social and emotional learning reaches out to students.

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Grit Curriculum Lesson: The Perseverance Walk
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Grit Curriculum Lesson: The Perseverance Walk

In teacher Amy Lyon’s Perseverance Walk lesson, fifth grade students have an opportunity to interview someone who has worked hard towards a long-term goal, then create and share a presentation to illustrate a life lived with grit.

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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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Education as a Vital Global Marketplace Represents the Future

Explore the many ways students are taught around the world.

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Cross-Training: Arts and Academics Are Inseparable

At one Boston school, students major in theater, dance, instrumental music, vocal music, or visual art.

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Deer Park Teaching and Learning Center
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High School Child Care

Teenagers in Illinois learn about and tend to young children in a unique day-care program on the campus of a high school.

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