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Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)

Find and share resources for creating a healthy school culture by helping students develop skills to manage their emotions, resolve conflicts, and make responsible decisions.

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  • A Discussion Protocol for Group Learning Experiences

    High school teachers and students can use a theater-based strategy to cultivate curiosity and engagement in class.
    Olivia Karaolis
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  • Helping Students Reacclimate to Being With Others All Day

    Many students are still a little overwhelmed at being around their peers, though they’re also excited. Some simple strategies can help them adjust to being back in school.
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  • An illustration concept of a child internalizing knowledge

    Why Ages 2-7 Matter So Much for Brain Development

    Rich experiences—from play to the arts and relationships—fundamentally shape a young child’s development.
    98.6k
  • How Novice and Expert Teachers Approach Classroom Management Differently

    A 2021 study reveals the ways in which new and experienced teachers think about discipline—plus 6 takeaways for managing your classroom effectively this year.
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  • Let’s Start This Year by Focusing on Learning Gains

    There’s a lot of talk about learning loss, but teachers can guide students to reflect on all the ways they’ve grown during the pandemic.
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  • Play Will Be More Important Than Ever in Preschool This Year

    Play can help the youngest students transition to in-person learning and develop skills they need for the future.
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  • What Students Will Need as the Year Begins

    After a year of chronic unpredictability, both students and teachers will benefit from focusing on relationships and the daily rhythms of school.
    1.5k
  • Making Students Feel Safe

    A trauma-informed approach ensures that students feel safe, supported, and nurtured—to improve their chances of academic success. 
    128.8k
  • The Necessity of Finding More Ways to Praise

    Encouraging students is not enough, says a new study—you actually have to raise your ratio of praise to reprimands dramatically, and that might mean keeping track.
    1.3k
  • A side profile of a young woman. Part of her face is comprised of triangles that are breaking off of her face.

    When Students Are Traumatized, Teachers Are Too

    Trauma in students’ lives takes an emotional and physical toll on teachers as well. Experts weigh in on the best ways to cope.
    125.3k
  • Using Metacognition to Enhance Learning in All Grades

    When students use a questioning strategy to think about their own thinking, they can see how to transfer their learning to new situations.
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  • A Daily Support System for Students

    Students who need extra social and emotional support have a quick check-in with an adult at the start and end of each day.
    89.2k
  • A Teacher Appreciation Week for the Ages

    When schools abruptly closed due to Covid-19, teachers figured out how to make remote learning work. This week, as the nation expresses its gratitude, we recap the emotional journey.
    27.5k
  • A Path to Improving Students’ Emotional Intelligence

    Teachers can merge social and emotional learning and student choice to guide students to better understand themselves.
    982
  • Educators Say Good Morning to Students—Via Video

    This round-up of teachers reaching out to their distant students makes it more clear than ever that relationships are always at the heart of teaching.
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