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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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  • Capturing Covid Learning Through Poetry: Things I Learned This Year

    An assignment that focuses on learning gains rather than losses can get the new year off to a good start.
    Gravity Goldberg, Lily Howard Scott
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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.
  • Helping Students Cope With a Difficult Year

    These tips on supporting emotion regulation and building strong relationships will help students next year and beyond.
  • What to Say Instead of ‘I’m Proud of You’

    A few phrases middle and high school teachers can use to cultivate conversation while celebrating student achievements.
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  • 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.
    91.9k
  • 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.
    3k
  • Exploring Perceptions About Identity Through Self-Portraits

    Exploring Perceptions About Identity Through Self-Portraits

    When students learn about each other’s identities, it helps them understand their own biases and prejudices, as well as build a space of respect and tolerance for all.
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  • 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?
    8.6k
  • 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
  • Rekindling a Sense of Connection in the New School Year

    Activities middle and high school English teachers can use to emphasize community and collaboration as the school year begins.
    444
  • 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.
    125.3k
  • 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.
    22.6k
  • 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.
    3.8k
  • 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
  • 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?
    5.5k

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