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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

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

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"Whatever! You Think I Care?"

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Heteronormativity in Schools

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Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying

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

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The Most Powerful Words You Can Say to a Student

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Using Dialogue Circles to Support Classroom Management
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Using Dialogue Circles to Support Classroom Management

At Glenview Elementary School, dialogue circles are part of a program aimed at building collaboration, respect, and positive behavior among students.

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Lessons Learned about Troubled Schools from Failing States

These same four features are shared by struggling schools and failing states that have successfully turned around.

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Creating an Emotionally Healthy Classroom Environment

Making students feel safe and earning their trust are critical elements for turning your classroom into an emotionally healthy environment.

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

With the latest school shooting at Reynolds High School, Dr. Allen Mendler suggests the only real interventions to prevent such future acts.

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In the Classroom: Helping Children Speak about Death and Loss

Edutopia blogger Maurice Elias suggests social, emotional learning includes a space for students to discuss loss of loved ones, which can also deepen their empathy for each other.

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The End of the Year is Near: 4 Fun Ways to Leave

Edutopia blogger Rick Curwin, recognizing that endings are difficult for both teachers and students, offers four fun, meaningful activities to help close out the year: interviewing, role-playing, giving imaginary gifts, and creating abstract art.

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Core Strategies for Innovation and Reform in Learning

See an overview of Edutopia's core strategies, including project-based learning, social-emotional learning, comprehensive assessment, technology integration, integrated studies and teacher development.

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Helping Students Start the Year with a Positive Mindset

Three activities teachers can use to help students -- especially those who had a rough summer or struggle academically -- get the school year off to a fresh start.

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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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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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5 Simple Lessons for Social and Emotional Learning for Adults

Edutopia blogger Elena Aguilar offers up five lessons to use with school staff and faculty for building emotional awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management.

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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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Just Breathe: When Teachers Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness practice can help educators slow down and work and teach in a way that is anchored in joy and compassion.

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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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