George Lucas Educational Foundation

Social and Emotional Learning

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.

PrintPrint
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Share
Overview

What is Social and Emotional Learning?

When students work together on project teams, they learn to collaborate, communicate, and resolve conflicts. Cooperative learning and character development supports the social and emotional development of students and prepares them for success in the modern workplace. Watch an introduction video.

History

A Short History

Teaching the soft skills, traditionally associated with conflict resolution and character education, has evolved from being considered "wishy-washy" to being an integral part of educating the whole child. See how a movement takes off.

Experts

What Experts Say

National and local experts discuss how educating the whole child by including social and emotional skills with academics is critical for success in school and in life. See what the experts say.

Research

SEL Research Review

Numerous research reports show that social and emotional learning (SEL) can have a positive impact on students' academic performance. Edutopia's SEL research review explores those reports and helps make sense of the results. Dig deeper.

Why

Why Champion SEL?

Helping students develop a sense of self will ultimately help them to better manage their emotions, communicate, and resolve conflicts nonviolently. See how to help students build character.

Discuss

SEL: Going Full Circle

Last comment 4 days 10 hours ago
5 5

Using Dialogue Circles to Support Classroom Management

Last comment 1 week 5 days ago
9 3,265 66,274 views

7 Tips for Better Classroom Management

Last comment 1 day 16 hours ago
70 3,603 313,197 views

Oracy in the Classroom: Strategies for Effective Talk

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 12:00
39 1,400 62,538 views

7 Tips for Better Classroom Management

Wed, 09/11/2013 - 10:07
70 3,603 313,197 views

SEL: Going Full Circle

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 11:01
5 5

Browse

Two young girls are sitting in class with two tablets raised in front of them on their table. They're both looking at the same screen while one of them is playing a game on the tablet.
Article

Using Digital Games for SEL Assessment and Skill Building

Digital games can provide students with situations that allow them to tackle challenges and situations that call upon their social-emotional skills.

3 75 4,734 views
A lot of young students are sitting outside on a blacktop, with teachers standing behind them, all facing the same direction.
Article

Reintegrative Shame: The Dynamic of Harm and Repair

A critical piece of restorative justice, reintegrative shame looks at the behavioral issues of crime and punishment through a lens of harm and repair.

8 57 17,441 views
Man singing and playing the guitar in the gym full of students and teachers
Article

Goodbye, Old Bell: Graduating Students Speak From the Heart

Graduating fifth-grade students reflect on their struggles, growth, and achievements within the positive, caring environment of SEL-based Symonds Elementary School.

233 997 views
Social and Emotional Learning: A Schoolwide Approach
Schools That Work

Social and Emotional Learning: A Schoolwide Approach

Strategies like mindfulness, emotional regulation, and supportive small groups help Symonds meet the academic and social needs of their students.

5 624 25,663 views
A poster pinned on the wall drawn by students that says "Be A Friend"
Article

The Responsive Classroom: "Why Is Everyone So Nice Here?"

Through Responsive Classroom practices such as Social Thinking, Symonds Elementary teaches its students daily that who they learn with is as important as what they learn.

7 3,407 71,755 views
A young woman is walking on the sidewalk past a brick building with her backpack on, looking at her cellphone.
Article

Tool or Weapon? Addressing Cyberhate in the Classroom

Classroom strategies to fight cyberhate include not supporting or reinforcing it, reporting it, supporting the targets, speaking out against hate, and engaging in activism.

4 32 4,734 views
photo of a student holding a sign which reads "Kindness Matters"
Article

Kindness Matters: Transforming Your Classroom

Bullying will cease when you make kindness the heart of your classroom, engage with the community, provide youth leadership opportunities, and participate in service projects.

25 100 12,458 views

Pages

Illustration of a dark and beautiful storm behind a young person’s face
Article

Reaching Students With Emotional Disturbances

A seasoned educator shares four ideas for supporting students who have suffered emotional trauma.

1 5,367 28,224 views
Article

Teachers Need to Follow Their Own Rules

Edutopia blogger Rick Curwin explains how behavior follows values, asks how children can be expected to follow rules that their teachers fail to model consistently and meaningfully, and proposes two simple but profound behavior changes.

27 2,665 27,905 views
Two young girls are outside, smiling directly at the camera, hugging each other with one arm. They're both wearing black sweaters with red embroidered around the collar. Beneath their sweaters, they're wearing a pink, collared button up with a blue tie.
Article

How to Implement Social and Emotional Learning at Your School

To implement SEL at your school, use these seven activities to help students build self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.

10 219 27,656 views
Article

Laughter and Learning: Humor Boosts Retention

Humor activates the brain's dopamine reward system, stimulating goal-oriented motivation and long-term memory, which means that humor can improve retention in students of all ages.

26 1,123 27,656 views
Graphic of a painted heart
article

A Parent's Resource Guide to Social and Emotional Learning

Explore a curated list of blogs, articles, and videos for parents about fostering skills like kindness, empathy, gratitude, resilience, perseverance, and focus in children.

1 690 27,656 views
two children happily posing for the camera
Article

Creating More Compassionate Classrooms

Guest blogger and high school humanities teacher Joshua Block shares the six structural and pedagogical reminders he uses to steadily improve the ethic of compassion in his classroom.

9 85 27,158 views
Article

What to Do When Students Lie

Edutopia blogger Rick Curwin looks at some of the reasons why students don't tell the truth, and suggests a few strategies for confronting the issue.

2 191 27,158 views

Pages

An Introduction to Social and Emotional Learning
Video

Social and Emotional Learning 101

Emotional intelligence must be developed in children before any other learning can effectively take place.

7 286 22,175 views
Educating Hearts: A Districtwide Initiative to Teach How to Care
Video

Educating Hearts: A Districtwide Initiative to Teach How to Care

The Anchorage School District's investment in social and emotional learning is paying off both socially and academically.

13 126 7,973 views