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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.

  • How To Foster Kindness During Distance Learning

    Practicing intentional kindness lays the foundation for good academic work. Here’s how to encourage it in a virtual classroom.
  • Two middle school students work on project in library at school

    How to Help High School Students Develop Empathy

    Writing exercises, opportunities for cultural exchange, and encouraging active listening can lead to more empathy among teens.
    Maurice J. Elias
    505
  • Addressing Anti-Asian Racism With Students

    Addressing Anti-Asian Racism With Students

    Talking about anti-Asian violence and racial equity is critical in this moment. Here are some ways to begin the conversation in your classroom.
    175
  • 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.
    83.4k
  • An illustration of teens raking objects into ordered piles

    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?
    7.9k
  • An illustration of the interior thoughts of a boy

    Are We Facing a Mental Health Crisis for Boys?

    Emphasizing stoicism, toughness, and competition can leave boys without the emotional tools they need to thrive. How can we change course before the problem gets out of hand?
    5.2k
  • Bolstering Executive Function in Middle and High School Students

    Bolstering Executive Function in Middle and High School Students

    When adults support development of teens' executive function skills during the critical years of adolescence, it can have a lifelong impact.
    1.9k
  • 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.
    1.2k
  • Teenage girl smiling during remote learning class on laptop at home

    A Better Breakout Room Experience for Students

    Five strategies that help middle and high school students form a community of learners in the virtual classroom.
    5.8k
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    A Daily Ritual That Builds Trust and Community Among Students

    An activity that encourages students to open up about a person close to them can bring a whole class together in profound ways.
    10.9k
  • Teacher works with young children to take apart a computer.

    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.
    21.1k
  • 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
  • Middle school teacher instructs students from the front of the classroom

    SEL Begins With the Teacher

    How teachers can use social and emotional learning to help middle school students build confidence.
    1.1k
  • Teacher talks to high school student at his classroom door

    5 Ways to Get to Know Your Middle and High School Students Better

    When teachers take the time to build strong relationships with students, it sets the stage for productive learning.
    3.8k
  • 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.
    125.1k

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