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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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  • Tried-and-True Resources to Teach Teens About Empathy

    With powerful online tools, teachers can build their students’ historical literacy and cultivate empathy.
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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.
  • Breaking the Cycle of Silence Around Black Mental Health

    Data shows that Black youth are especially prone to develop mental health issues but less likely to seek out or receive the specialized services and care they need.
  • The Enduring (and Underappreciated) Importance of Extracurriculars

    It will be tempting to put after-school activities on the back burner this fall, but experts say that’s a missed opportunity—especially for teenagers.
  • Helping Students Cope With a Difficult Year

    These tips on supporting emotion regulation and building strong relationships will help students next year and beyond.
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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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  • Integrating Music Into Social and Emotional Learning

    A strategy for guiding preschoolers to identify and manage their emotions with a little help from Muddy Waters, Beethoven, and the Beatles.
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    8 Ways to Bolster Executive Function in Teens and Tweens

    Middle and high school students suddenly face more complex schedules, tougher academic work, and an expanding network of friends. How can we help them manage it all?
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  • Class Reflection Activities to Close Out a Tough Year

    After a challenging year of pandemic schooling, these activities help students reflect on what they’ve learned and look forward to what’s coming next.
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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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  • Games Can Have a Powerful Impact on Learning

    A conversation between the writers of two new books on using games across the curriculum to promote social and emotional learning and civics skills.
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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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  • Counting Down to Restore Calm in the Classroom

    Counting Down to Restore Calm in the Classroom

    This simple mindfulness activity can help reset your brain when things get chaotic during the school day.
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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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