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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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Helping Students Start the Year with a Positive Mindset

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Teachers Need Support Around Social and Emotional Skills Too

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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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Teaching Empathy: Turning a Lesson Plan into a Life Skill

Guest blogger Joe Hirsch, teacher leader and curriculum developer, describes the jigsaw method of cooperative learning and how it naturally builds empathy as students rely on each other to share pieces of a bigger picture.

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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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Male Call: Recruiting More Men to Teach Elementary School

Stereotypes and low pay keep men away from teaching. But that Y chromosome can make a huge difference in the classroom.

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Clowning Around: There's a Comedian in Every Classroom

The class clown can ruin the mood to learn, but with a little understanding and a riff of your own, you can stop these jokesters from bouncing off the walls.

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Rearrange the Desks: Reposition the Students' Seats to Help Retain their Attention

Move the chairs to open their minds.

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Helping Students Develop the Skills to Focus

Edutopia blogger Maurice Elias shares a classroom activity that helps K-8 students develop their ability to focus and pay better attention.

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Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply

Author and global ed advisor Homa Tavangar makes a case for why empathy is the most important back-to-school supply we can give our children.

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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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Teaching Students the ABCs of Resilience

Renee Jain, a positive psychology practitioner with a focus on SEL, discusses the ABCs of Resilience, a simple yet critical formula for helping young people overcome adversity.

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