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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

Strategies for Getting and Keeping the Brain’s Attention

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8 Steps to Combat the Bullying Epidemic

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Teachers: What's Your Motto in the Classroom?

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A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future

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Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation

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After the Cheering Stops

Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips shares the sad story of a brilliant young athlete and urges us to raise the bar in preparing our teenage sports stars for their true glory days: the rest of their lives.

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Questions and Answers: Determining What Our Students Really Need

Education professor Lori Desautels suggests that we take the time to learn what students' needs really are before attempting to meet those needs.

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Showing Your "School Family" Some Love

Edutopia blogger Nick Provenzano, in the spirit of Valentine's Day, offers four simple suggestions about how to show some love for your school family.

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Teaching Kindness: More Than a Random Act

To help observe Random Acts of Kindness Week, Edutopia blogger Lisa Dabbs introduces us to the Kind Campaign and why it's so necessary for young people.

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What to Do When Students Lie

Edutopia blogger Rick Curwin looks at some of the reasons why students don't tell the truth, and suggests a few strategies for confronting the issue.

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Police Presence in Schools: A Social-Emotional Learning Perspective

Blogger Maurice Elias weighs the pros and cons of police patrol on school campuses.

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Dealing With Digital Behavior Issues: A Parent Guide

Edward Chen, Director of Technology at The Nueva School, presents a framework to help parents deal with their children's digital behavior issues.

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Pages

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Gender Matters: Dividing Boys and Girls

Educators battle over single-sex schools.

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Study: Promoting Students' Personal and Social Development Boosts Academic Outcomes, a Guest Blog by Joseph Durlak

Dr. Joseph A. Durlak and Dr. Roger P. Weissberg's research “The Impact of Enhancing Students' Social and Emotional Learning: A Meta-Analysis of School-Based Universal Interventions” makes the case for school-based social and emotional learning programs.

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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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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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The Eyes Have It: Potent Visuals Promote Academic Richness

Visual Thinking Strategies blazes a path from artistic inquiry to scholastic achievement.

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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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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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