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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.

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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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Orienting Educators to SEL Through Video

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7 Tips for Better Classroom Management

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The Grit to Jump Hurdles & Grace to Recover From Them

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Calling All Students to the Front, Please

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How SEL Can Help Students Gain a Multicultural Perspective

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Sometimes Misbehavior Is Not What It Seems

Misbehaving students might like you too much or be physically attracted. Maybe they want attention or want you to prove yourself. Be sensitive to underlying reasons.

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Weaving SEL Skills Into Book Talks

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Correcting Inequity in Our Schools

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Teaching Students to Embrace Mistakes

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Helping Students Start the Year with a Positive Mindset

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SMART Goal Setting With Your Students

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Defusing Power Struggles: It's Not About Getting the Last Word

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7 Things Parents and Teachers Should Know About Teens

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An Introduction to Social and Emotional Learning
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Social and Emotional Learning 101

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Educating Hearts: A Districtwide Initiative to Teach How to Care

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