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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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  • Teacher and students having a discussion in middle school

    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.
    Maurice J. Elias
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  • Guiding Students to Improve Executive Functioning Skills

    With explicit coaching, high school students can learn to manage their increasingly complex commitments.
  • Helping Students Cope With a Difficult Year

    These tips on supporting emotion regulation and building strong relationships will help students next year and beyond.
  • Teacher leading classroom via projector screen

    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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  • 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.
    95.3k
  • Teacher sitting and talking to elementary student

    The Benefits of Reflection in School Discipline

    When elementary students act out, one thing they need is time to reflect on the roots of their actions—and how they might respond differently next time.
    526
  • Two high school students sit in class listening to their teacher

    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.
    2.2k
  • Exploring Perceptions About Identity Through Self-Portraits

    Exploring Perceptions About Identity Through Self-Portraits

    When students learn about each other’s identities, it helps them understand their own biases and prejudices, as well as build a space of respect and tolerance for all.
    2.2k
  • 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.
    1.9k
  • Finishing Class Strong with Optimistic Closures

    Finishing Class Strong With Optimistic Closures

    The best closing activities use social and emotional practices to reinforce the day’s lessons, so students leave feeling confident—and competent—on their learning journey.
    938
  • How to Teach Students to Manage Their Own Conflicts

    How to Teach Students to Manage Their Own Conflicts

    Rather than settling disagreements and conflicts for students, aiding them in resolving their own problems can bolster a foundation of crucial conflict resolution and problem-solving skills.
    1.8k
  • What to Say Instead of ‘I’m Proud of You’

    A few phrases middle and high school teachers can use to cultivate conversation while celebrating student achievements.
    10.3k
  • Elementary aged student speaking during circle time on rug

    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
  • Illustration of Ron Berger

    Ron Berger on the Power of ‘Beautiful Work’

    To motivate students and teachers alike, we need to deepen the work of schools and give everyone the time and space to work toward greatness, says the noted educator.
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