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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

The Roots of Violence: Getting Past the Point of No Return

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Creating an Emotionally Healthy Classroom Environment

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Coding for Kindergarteners

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7 Tips for Better Classroom Management

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The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies

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Coding for Kindergarteners

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How Reading Literature Cultivates Empathy

Edutopia blogger Elena Aguilar proposes that, as the Common Core rolls in, teachers will have to make strategic decisions about when and how to integrate literature.

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Classroom Management: The Intervention Two-Step

Edutopia blogger Rick Curwin examines what happens when a student acts up in class, and illustrates how dealing with it is a two-step process - stabilize the situation ASAP, and intervene at a later, calmer moment.

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The Key of Connection

Guest blogger Lori Desautels draws on the tradition of the birth song from Namibia's Himba tribe for a heartfelt examination of how we can encourage our students to reflect on and share their core identities.

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Collaboration Matters

Guest blogger Joshua Block, a high school humanities teacher, talks about the challenges of teaching collaboration as a skill and provides examples of how he has integrated it into his classroom practice.

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How Are Social-Emotional Learning and the Common Core Connected?

Edutopia blogger Maurice Elias proposes that social-emotional and character development are inseparable from students becoming college, career, and civic ready, the mission of the Common Core.

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Resilience and Grit: Resource Roundup

Edutopia's curated collection of blogs, articles, interviews, and videos with information for parents and educators about the associated concepts of resilience and grit.

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Count Basie's Blues: Literature, Art and Vulnerability

Guest blogger Florina Rodov, an educational entrepreneur with an inner city teaching background, shares her story of a gifted student dealing with a difficult life by embracing the arts.

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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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Daniel Goleman; A View on Emotional Intelligence

Best-selling author Daniel Goleman on emotional intelligence.

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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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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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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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Educators Deal with the Growing Problem of Autism

As the number of special-needs students soars, schools grapple with ways to offer high-quality education without going broke.

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Why Champion Social and Emotional Learning?: Because It Helps Students Build Character

Helping students develop a sense of self will ultimately help them to better manage their emotions, communicate, and resolve conflicts nonviolently.

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