Resources and Lesson Plans for Social and Emotional Learning

Kentucky's Jefferson County school district shares details about administration, school culture, professional development, and curriculum -- materials that you may adapt for your class or school.

Kentucky's Jefferson County school district shares details about administration, school culture, professional development, and curriculum -- materials that you may adapt for your class or school.

Click on any of the titles below to download a PDF of one of Jefferson County Public Schools' resources for success.

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Resources On This Page:

Elementary School - Professional Training Documents

PDF CARE for Kids elementary-school professional development plan 640K

PDF Expectations of CARE for Kids schools 244K

PDF CARE for Kids implementation calendar, grades K-1 460K

PDF CARE for Kids implementation calendar, grades 2-5 260K

PDF CARE for Kids general implementation calendar 452K

PDF First steps: Implementing CARE for Kids 220K

PDF CARE for Kids implementation goals, year 2 240K

Elementary School - Classroom Tools/Activities

PDF The Y-Chart: A tool for setting classroom expectations 212K

PDF Worksheet: How to build relationships 216K

PDF Guidelines and ideas for the end-of-day class meeting 240K

PDF Norm-setting 101: Classroom norms vs. rules 240K

PDF Guidelines for collaborative/cooperative learning 260K

PDF Read-aloud book list, by grade 2.4MB

PDF Essential ingredients for school-wide community-building activities 236K

Elementary School - Useful References

PDF CARE for Kids vision and principles 1.8MB

PDF Key ingredients of intrinsic motivation 220K

PDF Chart: Proactive strategies and interventions for developmental discipline 416K

PDF Chart: Logical consequences for misbehavior 900K

PDF Chart: Problem solving as a tool for determining consequences 236K

Middle School - Useful Resources

PDF Protocol for teaching and using the signal for silence 434K

PDF Graphic: Three-tiered discipline model 247K

PDF Chart: Specific feedback vs. praise 226K

PDF Chart: Empowering teacher language 223K

PDF Chart: Logical consequences for behavior 937K

Reading List

Social and emotional learning (SEL) programs recognize that there's more to a child's personal, academic, and adult-life success than pure academics. Self-awareness, self-respect, self-control, and interpersonal skills can go a long way to helping a child become a happy, effective student and citizen (watch the Edutopia introductory video on SEL).

If you'd like to deepen your understanding of SEL and how to apply it as an educator or parent, here are resources to get you started. The following are the combined recommendations of the Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky, which are pursuing a district-wide program in social and emotional learning, and the Chicago-based nonprofit Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

General Introductions to SEL

Emotional Intelligence (10th Anniversary Edition), by Daniel Goleman
Excerpt available at

Yardsticks: Children in the Classroom Ages 4-14, by Chip Wood

CASEL'S SEL Parent Packet: Ideas and Tools for Working with Parents and Families. (Also available in Spanish.) Full packet includes:

* Background information on the role of families in teaching SEL, and how families and teachers can work together to promote SEL

* Parent handouts "10 Things You Can Do at Home," "10 Things You Can Do with Your School," "Tips for Parents," and "Books for Parents"

* Parents' views on SEL programs being used at their children's schools based on a series of interviews with parents

* Books, organizations, and programs emphasizing SEL

Bright Futures: What to Expect and When to Seek Help: Developmental Tools for Families and Providers from Georgetown University
Tools (English and Spanish versions) designed to help families and service providers support the healthy social and emotional development of children and adolescents. Four stages of childhood are described in these downloadable developmental tools: infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence.

Books for Educators

Promoting Social and Emotional Learning: Guidelines for Educators, by Maurice J. Elias and others

The Caring Teacher's Guide for Discipline: Helping Students Learn Self-Control, Responsibility, and Respect, by Marilyn Gootman

The Power of Our Words: Teacher Language That Helps Children Learn, by Paula Denton

The Classroom of Choice: Giving Students What They Need and Getting What You Want, by Jonathan C. Erwin

Recognition Without Rewards, by Caren Cameron, Betty Tate, Daphne MacNaughton, and Colleen Politano

Books for Parents

Thinking Parent, Thinking Child, by Myrna B. Shure
Thinking Parent, Thinking Child shows how to apply 'I Can Problem Solve' techniques to the top concerns of parents and children from preschoolers through those in their preteen years. Not only will children learn to think about their own and others' feelings, they'll also learn to appreciate that you have feelings, too.

Emotionally Intelligent Parenting: How to Raise a Self-Disciplined, Responsible, Socially Skilled Child , by Maurice J. Elias and others
The authors provide emotionally intelligent parenting strategies for addressing everyday issues with children. The book includes exercises for raising the family "humor quotient," becoming aware of feelings, praising and prioritizing, and coaching your child in responsible action.

Building Emotional Intelligence: Techniques to Cultivate Inner Strength in Children, by Linda Lantieri and Daniel Goleman

Practical Tools for the Classroom

Morning Meeting Messages: 180 Sample Charts from Three Classrooms, by Rosalea Fisher, Eric Henry, Deborah Porter

99 Activities and Greetings, by Melissa Correa-Connolly

Energizers! 88 Quick Movement Activities That Refresh and Refocus, by Susan Lattanzi Roser

The Morning Meeting Book, by Roxann Kriete

The Advisory Book, by Linda Crawford

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This article originally published on 12/23/2009

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7 & 8 grade art and ceramics teacher

Why are so many teachers

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Why are so many teachers afraid to go here? They are afraid that parents will call them out on teaching manners and common courtesy and self control as out of the role of education. We need to make social emotional learning a legitimate part of the culture of curriculum!

MS & US Chinese and Chinese history teacher from Bronx, New York

Thank you! Some of these

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Thank you! Some of these resources can work with high school students too.

Alabama K-2 Computer Instructor

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Great information! There are so many changes in Public Education that don't empower the teacher or students. It is terrific to see this one and have the wonderful information to implement. And, it is free to copy for use.

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