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Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)

Find resources to help students manage their emotions, resolve conflicts, and make responsible decisions—creating the healthiest school culture possible. Early-career teachers: Get tips from our community of experienced educators about SEL and so much more.

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  • 5 Low-Stakes Activities to Help Teens Open Up

    From sharing common interests to making connections through books and music, these engaging exercises provide stepping stones for teachers to build relationships in the classroom.
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  • A Relationship-Driven Strategy for Addressing Challenging Behavior

    Putting relationships first can yield positive results in student success.
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    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.
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    Elementary students can build a sense of community and awaken a lifelong interest in the arts with these simple classroom strategies.
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  • Making Students Feel Safe

    A trauma-informed approach ensures that students feel safe, supported, and nurtured—to improve their chances of academic success. 
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    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.
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  • Why a Positive Call Home is Worth the Effort

    Best practices for making positive phone calls home a manageable, sustainable routine.
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  • How Students Typically Grow in SEL From Elementary to Middle School

    Understanding the usual course of social and emotional learning development can help teachers make sure their students are on track.
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    8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips

    New teachers—and experienced ones too—can find ideas here on how to stop disruptive behavior before it begins.
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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.
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  • How to Spot Signs of Hidden Distress in Young Students

    It’s important for preschool teachers to be able to recognize when students need emotional support—even if they seem to be doing fine.
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  • The Power of Relationships in Schools

    Research shows that students who feel safe and supported by adults at school are better able to learn.
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    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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  • Building Classroom Community Through Daily Dedications

    When students share stories about those who have inspired and impacted them, the whole classroom feels more connected.
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    How Learning Happens

    In this video series, we explore how educators can guide all students, regardless of their developmental starting points, to become productive and engaged learners.
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