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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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A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future

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Educate to Liberate: Build an Anti-Racist Classroom

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8 Play-Based Strategies to Engage Youth in Learning

Play is something that comes naturally to young people, so why not enhance their learning opportunities by engaging them to play with purpose?

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The Challenges of Adolescence (and How Parents and Educators Can Help)

Three recent studies show why we need to divert middle and high school students from values and behaviors that may harm them in adulthood.

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Using Multimedia Technology for Teaching Social and Life Skills

Many educators strive to help children believe they are born to greatness and build the skills needed to live that belief. Learn about a new multimedia app aimed at helping with this goal.

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Supporting Behavioral Needs: A Multi-Tiered Approach
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Supporting Behavioral Needs: A Multi-Tiered Approach

P.K. Yonge’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is the framework used to meet the needs of every student for both academic and behavioral supports.

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Learning With Robots: Content Mastery and Social Skills

When introducing younger students to robots, the high-engagement nature of these tools can add a social-emotional layer to the more obvious learning goals.

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Q&A with Daniel Goleman: How the Research Supports Social-Emotional Learning

Research shows that SEL increases prosocial classroom behavior, teaches cognitive control, changes students' home life, and prepares them for future success.

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"Whatever! You Think I Care?"

Young people often say harsh things. Here's a guide to what they probably mean, and seven suggestions for reaching an understanding in a calmer moment.

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The Power of the Morning Meeting: 5 Steps Toward Changing Your Classroom and School Culture

Edutopia blogger Lisa Dabbs shares her own transformative experience with the Morning Meeting model and suggests five steps for integrating this practice into the classroom.

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Tricks of the Trade: Classroom Management Tips for Teachers (Video Playlist)

A compilation of short videos where educators share how to keep it all together in class.

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A Fit Body Means a Fit Mind

Along with physical strength, a little exercise helps kids build brainpower.

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What Are the Biggest Challenges Young Adults Face Today?: Students Speak Up

Survey respondents from various ethnic groups differ in what they think are the most pressing issues in their lives.

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Fair Isn’t Equal: Seven Classroom Tips

Edutopia blogger Richard Curwin explains the subtle yet important differences between treating students equally and treating them fairly.

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Engaged Teaching: "Do Now" Activities for Your Lessons

Blogger Maurice Elias shares some simple tips for implementing SEL in elementary, middle and high school classes -- including a short quiet time at the beginning and end of the day, using transition circles, and reflective writing and discussion ideas.

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The New PE Runs on Fitness, Not Competition
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The New PE Runs on Fitness, Not Competition

Collaborative games, zip lining, and classroom aikido are part of a new physical education movement that makes kids smarter.

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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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