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Mental Health

Find compassionate perspectives and evidence-based strategies to foster school environments that promote psychological well-being and support students experiencing behavioral, emotional, or social challenges.

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Supporting Grieving Students

It's important for educators to reach out to grieving students. Here's some guidance and resources to support this difficult task.

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Can Stress Help Students?

Stress might not always be the enemy. Research shows that positive stress can strengthen the immune system, enhance memory and learning, and improve decision-making skills.

The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning

Neuroimaging and EEG studies provide a scientific basis for the sometimes controversial belief that children become better learners when they actually enjoy learning.

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.

Helping Students With Identity Secrets

Rick Curwin takes a compassionate look at students living with identity secrets, and proposes three steps toward creating a culture of acceptance.

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What to Do When Students Lie

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In Their Own Words: Teachers Bullied by Colleagues

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Addressing Our Needs: Maslow Comes to Life for Educators and Students

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Mindfulness Is All the Rage—But Does It Work?

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What to Do When Students Lie

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Reaching Students With Emotional Disturbances

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Lessons Learned: When a Student Dies

Guest blogger Francis Peacock reflects on how the death of a student must change one's teaching philosophy.

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Five Simple Techniques to Incorporate Social and Emotional Learning

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Group facilitator Mary Kate Land discusses mainstreaming SEL with five techniques.

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Social, Emotional, and Character Development: The Heart of Student Learning

Teachers, parents, and administrators should understand that a child's education includes tending to social, emotional, and character development.

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News Flash: How Tiny Boosts to Personal Identity Improve Minority Students' Grades

Edutopia's Grace Rubenstein makes the case that improving minority students' self-esteem improves their grades.

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Reforming Our Schools: Nonacademic Support for Students is Essential

Blogger Anne O'Brien recommends that meeting the non-academic needs of students, such as providing counseling and eye glasses, is a crucial part of school reform.

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In Defense of School Counseling

Counseling is an integral part of school culture, according to Rutgers psychology professor Maurice Elias.

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Bullying: How Educators Can Make Schools Safer

Schools can reduce incidents by adopting a schoolwide anti-harassment policy with a social and emotional perspective.

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Bullying: How Educators Can Make Schools Safer

Schools can reduce incidents by adopting a schoolwide anti-harassment policy with a social and emotional perspective.

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Boys and Body Image: Eating Disorders Don't Discriminate

Body-image troubles are gnawing away at boys, too. Just as the disorders frequently begin for girls at a young age, they also commonly strike boys as adolescents and teens.

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The Heart of Learning: The Value of Cultivating Emotional Intelligence

Michael Pritchard is a healer, and a pioneer in the field of social-emotional learning, the often-neglected missing piece in a well-rounded education.

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Supporting Grieving Students

It's important for educators to reach out to grieving students. Here's some guidance and resources to support this difficult task.

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After the Cheering Stops

Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips shares the sad story of a brilliant young athlete and urges us to raise the bar in preparing our teenage sports stars for their true glory days: the rest of their lives.

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Handling Tragedy: How to Talk to Kids About Sandy Hook

Educational consultant Allen Mendler provides a set of guidelines for giving children emotional support as they struggle to understand the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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Social and Emotional Curriculum: Sharing Your Gift

Filmmaker and blogger Randy Taran concludes her 7 Doors to Happiness series by examining ways that teachers and students can share their gifts.

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