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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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  • After Social Isolation, Preparing Our Youngest Students to Thrive

    How early-grade teachers tackled a chaotic year and helped the youngest learners acclimate to life in (actual) school. It’s work that's likely to continue this school year.
    Laura McKenna
  • Why a Positive Call Home is Worth the Effort

    Best practices for making positive phone calls home a manageable, sustainable routine.
  • 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.
  • Making Students Feel Safe

    A trauma-informed approach ensures that students feel safe, supported, and nurtured—to improve their chances of academic success. 
  • 11 Picture Books to Help Young Students Manage Their Worries

    These engaging books and guided questions can help young learners manage back-to-school anxiety, as well as worries in general.
  • Huge Emotions and the Adolescent Brain

    Teachers can use clips from the movie Turning Red to explore with students the ways adolescence changes the brain.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 6 Questions To Help Students Cope With Everyday Stress

    Stress can be an overwhelming force in teenagers’ lives. A few simple questions can help them find relief and get back to learning.
  • 3 Tips for Effective Classroom Management in Elementary School

    A teacher shares the strategies she used with second graders last year for community building and proactive behavior management.
  • Encouraging High School Students to Think Deeply, Alone and Together

    One teacher guides her students to think deeply first in conversation with her, then with a peer and a larger group.
  • How Classroom Pets Foster Social and Emotional Learning

    When elementary students care for animals, they practice making decisions and create a positive classroom environment.
  • 5 Ways to Show Compassion in the Classroom

    When students know you care about them and want them to succeed, your classroom community grows stronger.
  • Teaching Adolescents About Tone of Voice

    Explicit instruction can counter misconceptions that middle school students often have about what’s being conveyed through speech.

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