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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

How and Why Intrinsic Motivation Works

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Brains in Pain Cannot Learn!

Last comment 5 days 7 hours ago
12 6,090 20,151 views

Behavior Expectations and How to Teach Them

Last comment 6 days 4 hours ago
13 5,324 54,607 views

The Responsive Classroom: "Why Is Everyone So Nice Here?"

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 12:00
7 10,358 27,392 views

When Helping Hurts

Tue, 01/12/2016 - 06:00
6 3,093 28,925 views

Let's Talk Our Way Out of It.

Tue, 02/02/2016 - 22:49
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Browse

A young boy is leaning forward on a classroom table, smiling with a pencil in his hand and a worksheet in front of him, looking straight at the camera. He's surrounded by four other students and a teacher sitting at the table, focused on their worksheets.
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Boost Your Resilience By Managing Emotional Triggers

Teachers, what or who triggers you? By exploring how we respond, we can increase our emotional resilience.

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Four Steps to Strategic Encouragement

Check out these strategies and steps for starting early with young students in creating a love of learning and learning successes.

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Restorative Justice: Resources for Schools

Explore resources and case studies that demonstrate how to bring restorative justice to your school or classroom.

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Strengthening Executive Function Development for Students With ADD

Children with Attention Deficit Disorder can benefit from targeted mindfulness exercises to help make them aware of their reactions, decisions, emotional regulation, and self-control.

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A closeup of a young boy with his head down, tears trickling down his cheeks.
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Let the Child Cry: How Tears Support Social and Emotional Development

Crying is an important part of children's social-emotional development. Instead of demanding that they stop, create an emotionally safe classroom with patience, acceptance, and compassion.

8 35,951 50,338 views
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Brain Labs: A Place to Enliven Learning

If your school had a student-friendly environment for teaching children about metacognition, children could develop their skills in self-reflection, paying attention, emotional regulation, and cognitive flexibility.

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Using Digital Games for SEL Assessment and Skill Building

Digital games can provide students with situations that allow them to tackle challenges and situations that call upon their social-emotional skills.

5 575 3,024 views

Pages

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Incentivizing Your Class: The Engagement-Based Classroom Management Model

Invite your students to participate in a behavioral model that helps them level up with their engagement and attitude -- much like a video game.

6 5,182 60,477 views
Assistive Technology: Enabling Dreams
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How Assistive Technology Enables Dreams

From voice-activated software to customized laptops, tech is changing the way disabled students communicate, learn, and play.

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Self-Assessment Inspires Learning

Read and download this self-assessment rubric and accompanying questions to help you assess your own or your students' social and emotional development this year.

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Activities to Build Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students

Filmmaker and blogger Randy Taran identifies "happiness skills" and suggests that we start teaching them at a young age.

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The Heart-Brain Connection: The Neuroscience of Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning
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The Heart-Brain Connection: The Neuroscience of Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning

Neuroscientist Richard Davidson presents his research on how social and emotional learning affects the brain.

18 1,322 55,496 views
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Behavior Expectations and How to Teach Them

Instead of assigning disciplinary consequences when students don't meet behavior expectations, why not deal them as we would deal with academic failures and missteps?

13 5,324 54,607 views
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Defusing Power Struggles: It's Not About Getting the Last Word

Educator and school psychologist Allen Mendler suggests a constructive way for teachers to avoid a power struggle with that attention-seeking student.

21 476 53,184 views

Pages

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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