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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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Teaching Kindness: More Than a Random Act

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In Their Own Words: Teachers Bullied by Colleagues

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In Their Own Words: Teachers Bullied by Colleagues

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Teaching Kindness: More Than a Random Act

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Smart Hearts: Social and Emotional Learning Overview
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Smart Hearts: Social and Emotional Learning Overview

In school districts from New Haven to Anchorage, social and emotional skills are being taught and assessed just like skills in math and reading.

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Educating Hearts: A Districtwide Initiative to Teach How to Care
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Educating Hearts: A Districtwide Initiative to Teach How to Care

The Anchorage School District's investment in social and emotional learning is paying off both socially and academically.

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Frightening Fiction: New Vigilance on Student Writing Can Yield Clues to Mental Health

Teachers become sentinels as student writing is scrutinized for threats of violence.

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Can "The Wire" Tell Us How to Reach the Unreachable?: Putting the Focus on At-Risk Kids

A former inner city teacher reflects on a devil's bargain.

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"There Are No Gangs Up Here on this Stage": Producing Plays -- and Empowerment and Expression

A Los Angeles theater group helps kids in the juvenile-justice system and foster care create dramas of their own design.

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The Importance of Social and Emotional Learning: How You Can Implement it In Your School

How to implement social and emotional learning at school.

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A Depressing Trend: Teenage Mental Illness Is on the Rise

As more and more teens are diagnosed with mental illness, schools and health professionals struggle to hone a response.

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Count Basie's Blues: Literature, Art and Vulnerability

Guest blogger Florina Rodov, an educational entrepreneur with an inner city teaching background, shares her story of a gifted student dealing with a difficult life by embracing the arts.

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Showing Your "School Family" Some Love

Edutopia blogger Nick Provenzano, in the spirit of Valentine's Day, offers four simple suggestions about how to show some love for your school family.

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One Week Later: Healing Sandy Hook

Edutopia editorial director David Markus touches on ways to honor the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy, as well as the discussion on school safety that has emerged in the aftermath.

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Fear Factor: Harassment Hurts

The effect of bullying goes beyond simple schoolyard scuffles to cause lasting emotional wounds.

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Treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Children

What looks like ADHD can be signs of childhood trauma.

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George Lucas and Daniel Goleman on Academic and Social-Emotional Education
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Talking Heads and Hearts: Intellectual and Emotional Education Make a Potent Pairing

George Lucas joins a panel of national experts moderated by Daniel Goleman that explores the value of social and emotional learning.

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Can "The Wire" Tell Us How to Reach the Unreachable?: Putting the Focus on At-Risk Kids

A former inner city teacher reflects on a devil's bargain.

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