Maurice Elias

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Tags Social and Emotional Learning
August 14, 2012

In a culture that emphasizes youth, and where too many children do not spend enough time with grandparents, it is important in the coming year to include honoring the elderly as one of your teaching objectives. This need not be difficult, and it can fit into ongoing curriculum and instruction...

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Tags Social and Emotional Learning
August 2, 2012

For decades, James Comer has been a forceful advocate for the rights of children, particularly African-American and Latino children from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Foremost among those rights are what some have called, "developmental rights." These are the rights for all children...

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Tags Social and Emotional Learning
July 26, 2012

Summer is a good time for reflection, and I have been reflecting on why, after so much education research, and so many years of educational practice, we still seem to be struggling to find "what works." So my next two blogs will look back at the words of folks who have thought about social-...

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June 15, 2012

This Sunday, Father's Day, would have been my father's 92nd birthday. It's a day that reminds me how important it is to show our fathers how much we appreciate them while we have them with us.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself to see how well you are doing. You can also draw...

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Tags Teacher Leadership
June 7, 2012

Whether you are an educator or a parent of a high school student, or both, you will be involved in graduations. Most commencement speeches are not memorable. Some, though, contain a good message that gets lost because the speaker goes on for too long. I have been asking people, "Looking back...

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Tags Teacher Leadership
May 23, 2012

Research that helps us pinpoint the causes of burnout gives us guidance for how to avoid and combat it.

Research that helps us pinpoint the causes of burnout gives us guidance for how to avoid and combat it.

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Tags Social and Emotional Learning
May 14, 2012

In 2012, Kansas became the first state to create and adopt a set of social, emotional, and character development (SECD) standards. These standards have been aligned with the Kansas Common Core Curriculum Standards, College and Career Readiness, 21st century skills, and other state and federal...

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Tags Social and Emotional Learning
April 30, 2012

Those of you working in social studies, history, and civics education will find that social, emotional learning (SEL) can help your students pull together what they are learning in engaging ways that also deepen their understanding of the material. I'd like to present a lesson you can use...

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Tags Social and Emotional Learning
April 12, 2012

Question: How can you help colleagues integrate social, emotional learning (SEL)-related approaches into existing curriculum and instruction and reconnect with their key role as relationship builders and inspirers of student engagement?

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Tags Social and Emotional Learning
March 30, 2012

Earlier this month, a New York Times article by Annie Murphy Paul suggested that reading fiction was a powerful way to build social-emotional skills. She cited...

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