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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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  • Promoting SEL Through Bulletin Boards

    With the right prompts, the bulletin boards in a school hallway—and their digital equivalents—can be used to foster social and emotional learning.
    Mason Nichols
    551
  • 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.
    104.6k
  • 4 Legged SEL: How to Start a Therapy Dog Program

    Elementary schools can boost social and emotional learning with a program that welcomes a canine friend to campus.
    1.4k
  • 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
  • Teaching Students How to Have an Academic Discussion

    This teacher-created scaffolding tool can elevate classroom dialogue, empowering students to express themselves while learning from the ideas of others.
    1.1k
  • Building Classroom Community Through Daily Dedications

    When students share stories about those who have inspired and impacted them, the whole classroom feels more connected.
    9.6k
  • 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.
    127k
  • 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
  • Bringing Identity Work to Project-Based Learning

    As they emerged from the difficulties of the past few years, these students combined humanities, STEM, and the arts in a project that celebrated their identities as individuals and as a community.
    285
  • 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.
    26k
  • 4 Activities to Encourage End-of-Year Reflections

    For middle and high school students, the last few weeks of school offer a great opportunity to look back on challenges they’ve overcome, celebrate achievements, and dream of what is to come next year.
    204
  • 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.
    16.1k
  • Teacher and student high-fiving

    8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips

    New teachers—and experienced ones too—can find ideas here on how to stop disruptive behavior before it begins.
    57k
  • A dog lying patiently on the floor in a classroom between rows of chairs

    Bringing a Dog to School

    A veteran teacher and administrator makes the case for having a therapy dog in elementary school.
    60.1k

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