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I have come across a growing number of providers of SEL materials, some of whom serve some pretty specific niche markets, but whose products could be more universally applicable. I'd like to start building a database in wiki form for some of the resources we (as a group) have found useful. Edutopia has set up a wiki for the purpose of archiving our collective wisdom, and I hope to populate it with a variety of resources for hungry Edutopians. I ran across a new product in another part of the forum and I've invited Paula Prentis to post a link to it here as I think others might be interested. She's developed a concept called ChatMats which may serve as a bridge between schools and families to promote continuity of SEL experiences. Maybe ChatMats can get our wiki product descriptions off to a good start... Mary Kate

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Gina Freeman's picture
Gina Freeman
Administrator at COlumbus Jewish Day School - K-6th Grade Independent Schoo

Looking for tools, role plays or games to help Primary Grade Level students to take responsibility for one's actions rather than come up with excuses or blame others when they have done something or said something inappropriate.

Mary Kate Land's picture
Mary Kate Land
Montessori 4-6th grade teacher

Hi Gina,

I use a program called ICPS. It trains the whole community to respond in capacity building ways to moments of conflict. It is backed by solid research and is much more affordable than most of what's out there. I use it every day in my classroom.

Mary Kate

Jane Idell's picture
Jane Idell
Counseling Essentials for the Classroom

Hi Mary Kate,
I hope that you will include my Counseling Essentials program.
This is a Tier 2 type PBIS intervention (that can also be used at Tier 1) to address classroom management and behavioral issues for teens and pre-teens. Please feel free to browse the workshop information at

Lindsay Buck's picture
Lindsay Buck
High School Special Ed. and Personal Development, Central City, Nebraska

The best of the best that I've personally had results with in my own life, and have witnessed amazing results with my students is through a curriculum based on MK Mueller's "8 to Great: The Powerful Process for Positive Change." The results and testimonials speak volumes for the program created by MK. I am so passionate about what I've experienced, it has become a daily topic in my conversations with others! You can find more information here: or contact the creator/author herself:

Nini White's picture
Nini White
Educator, Author, Consultant, Founder-Developer of Kids' Own Wisdom

In my 20+ years as a teacher, I experienced over and over again how much kids prefer coming up with their own answers (especially for the SEL side of their development) over continuously being told what to think and how to behave. At a certain point I developed sets of questions that engaged their own inner compass on a wide variety of topics, and after leaving classroom teaching I finally got those 'lessons' into a form that any teacher could use. Since then, we've tested the KIDS' OWN WISDOM (KOW) in 100+ classrooms across the United States, and in India, as well ... and we've got the endorsements to verify the validity of this approach. Please check out the website: I would so much love to answer any questions you may have, and even send you some samples.

Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal, Author of Facilitating Authentic Learning, Director of the Antioch Critical Skills Program; Elementary Library Media Specialist

Hi all! The Critical Skills Program at Antioch University New England has been teaching teachers how to do this since 1985 by integrating the SEL piece with rigorous academic expectations and problem-based learning. We've had great results all over the world and are so pleased to see this conversation returning to the national stage! We'd love to be added to any conversation on the topic.

M_Higgs's picture

All of these are so inspiring. There's so many creative ways that we can foster SEL in our schools & communities.

My school uses the Zaner-Bloser Language Arts education programs, and I've always found such great success with them, so when they introduced a supplemental Social Emotional Learning program, that can smoothly be integrated with regular language arts curricula I was ecstatic! It's excellent to have all of these other activities and tools to promote SEL, but it really made me happy to see that a well-respected and popular educational publisher would take such a strong stand and create a program made specifically to enhance literacy instruction with SEL in the forefront. The ZB website always backs up their programs with research which is admirable, so there's a lot to read through and learn from

There's so much more out there that can be done and I really think we'll be doing our children the greatest benefit by introducing as much of this type of learning into the many aspects of their education. It starts with us though. A lot of educators need to be introduced to ways through which we can accomplish the intended goals of SEL.

Let's keep this great conversation going!

Suzanne Bright's picture
Suzanne Bright
Elementary Principal

Caring School Community, Developmental Studies Center

Thank you so much for your important work in creating this database around SEL! This will surely serve many educators well!

Our school has implemented the Caring School Community (CSC) program for the past ten years with significant positive results. While we began with "program implementation" for the purpose of promoting SEL, it truly became so much more through the years. It is now so deeply woven into the fabric of our school, that we no longer consider it to be a "program" but more of "the way we do things" at our school. It defines our relationships with each other, how we interact and collaborate, how we build supportive relationships with parents and community, and how we make decisions together about how we want our school and classrooms to be. Our students, staff, and parents are all very passionate about being a Caring School Community!

We were drawn to the program initially because it is mired in solid research and best practices. We were also drawn to this non-profit organization because of their important mission. Developmental Studies Center

Because of our school and district's strong belief in the work of Developmental Studies Center, we also began implementing two of their literacy programs in 2007: Making Meaning and Being a Writer. Both programs have a strong SEL focus and recognize that students' success relies on both their ability to apply strategies and skills and their ability to work together in a classroom atmosphere that feels safe. The integration of academics and social learning proved to be so powerful for our students, and since implementation we have experienced a significant increase in our standardized test scores.

I would encourage all school and district leaders to explore these authentic programs for their communities. We would be happy to share more about our experiences with them!

Marni Kay's picture
Marni Kay
LIteracy Coach K-5

HI Mary Kate ~ We also use many of Developmental Studies Center's (DSC) programs in grades K-5 to enhance not only our academic learning time, but our SEL as well!

One of the DSC programs we use is Being a Writer. This program has dual goals - to develop the creativity and skills of a writer, and to cultivate the social and ethical values of a responsible person.

As a Literacy Coach, I have the opportunity to model lessons, co-teach and mentor teachers in all grade levels. As I work in and out of classes - I am fascinated and so proud of the learning that is occurring. Students are able to work in successful partnerships, collaborate on learning goals, as well as discuss what went well/not so well with the partnerships each time and REFLECT on how they can improve together (I have seen this in multiple classes grades K-5)....and it makes me smile each time!!

We also use Making Meaning. The program uses nonfiction and fiction read-aloud books to teach students nine different comprehension strategies while they learn to read and think at a high level. Making Meaning's unique dual academic and social focus encourages students to work together, appreciate others' ideas, disagree respectfully, and take responsibility for their own learning and behavior.

The SEL work that is being highlighted in the academic setting is also transferring into the Special Area classes (Art, Music, PE, Media) as it is becoming culturally embedded into our school.

I would be glad to share more if you are interested... My school has such wonderful success using DSC's programs! I highly encourage you to check it out .....

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