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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

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Teaching Students the ABCs of Resilience

Renee Jain, a positive psychology practitioner with a focus on SEL, discusses the ABCs of Resilience, a simple yet critical formula for helping young people overcome adversity.

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How Tough Kids Can Make Us Better Teachers

Educational consultant Allen Mendler offers teachers a simple attitude adjustment to reframe the challenge presented by difficult student behavior.

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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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In Defense of School Counseling

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

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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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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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Creating Classrooms for Social Justice

Teach your students about making positive change in the world by connecting with them, discussing real-world problems and multiple perspectives, creating classroom community, and including authentic assessment.

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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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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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Reduce Bullying by Improving Classroom Climate

Blogger Maurice Elias reveals steps for significantly increasing students' success with social and emotional character development.

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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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