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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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Creating a Welcoming and Intellectually Challenging Classroom

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Helping Students Start the Year with a Positive Mindset

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Use Music to Develop Kids' Skills and Character

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It's Time for Social and Emotional Learning for All

Edutopia blogger Elena Aguilar makes a case for social and emotional learning for adults as well as children on all school campuses.

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Supporting Student Resilience in the Classroom

Guest blogger Steve Gardiner, a high school English and journalism teacher, looks at the benefits of a resilient mindset and shows how, through modeling confidence and giving a sense of autonomy, teachers can foster student resilience.

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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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Teaching Students to Embrace Mistakes

Guest bloggers Hunter Maats and Katie O'Brien, teachers and authors, discuss the value of making mistakes and helping students adopt the mindset to view their mistakes as healthy challenges rather than crushing defeats.

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Patience!

Edutopia blogger Ainissa Ramirez revisits the famous Stanford marshmallow experiment to consider the value of teaching children patience and self-regulation, and how these character-building skills will benefit them later in life.

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5 Ways Literature Can Teach Global Lessons in Elementary Classes

Guest blogger Becky Morales, creator of Kid World Citizen, offers five ideas for using literature about children and families in other parts of the world to broaden the minds of U.S. elementary students.

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Maya Angelou's Poetry: A Lesson in Service, History, SEL, and Civics

Blogger Maurice Elias outlines a high school lesson with Maya Angelou's poem, "A Brave and Startling Truth."

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A Research-Based Approach to Arts Integration

At Bates Middle School in Annapolis, Maryland, arts integration has helped raise student achievement, in conjunction with other key best practices.

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Kids Master Mathematics When They're Challenged But Supported

Math test scores soar if students are given the chance to struggle.

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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Empathy

In Part 7 of her elementary student SEL series, filmmaker Randy Taran offers suggestions and examples for cultivating empathy in schools.

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Social and Emotional Learning and the Start of School

Social and Emotional Learning expert Maurice Elias offers up seven ideas to keep in mind at the start of the school year.

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The Arts Are Essential

Cornell University's president on why teaching creativity in schools is not a luxury.

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Daniel Goleman; A View on Emotional Intelligence

Best-selling author Daniel Goleman on emotional intelligence.

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Writing and Thinking Through the Student User's Guide Assignment

Guest blogger Ashley Hutchinson, in collaboration with her colleagues Stephanie Noles and Mike Flinchbaugh, explain how their high school students now come with self-written user's guides.

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