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.

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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

Oracy in the Classroom: Strategies for Effective Talk

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Coding for Kindergarteners

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7 Tips for Better Classroom Management

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Implementing a Schoolwide Mindfulness Program

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Back to School: Goal Setting With Your Students

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SMART Goal Setting With Your Students

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Article

Cracking the Code of Student Emotional Pain

By looking beneath negative behaviors, teachers can learn why students are communicating in this way and formulate strategies for how they can help.

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The Importance of a Healthy Teacher Ego

Rather than trying to be the star performer in the classroom, teachers should strive to maintain faith in their ability to help students learn.

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The Value of a Real Apology

"Sorry" can be the easiest (and least meaningful) word when delivered without understanding or caring. Effective apologies must come from a place of integrity

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Empowering Youth Voice Through SEL

What does it mean to empower youth and how does it look in the classroom? Check out these tips for creating a dynamic environment that promotes student voice and choice.

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Serving Gifted Students in General Ed Classrooms

While gifted students might excel in certain areas, we must differentiate their learning to address other academic areas along with their social and emotional needs.

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Over the Rainbow: History Through a Pop Music Lens

An era's popular music, whether the Great Depression or the turbulent 1960s, can help students grasp historical events through the emotions of those experiencing them.

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SEL and the Common Core, Part Two: Why Emotion Vocabulary Matters

No matter what age student you teach, or for parents, the age of your child, helping children build their emotion vocabularies will help them be more successful in and out of school.

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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.

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Lifelong Success Starts With Social-Emotional Learning

Building a culture of health starts with developing children's social and academic aptitude from a young age with self-knowledge, empathy, communication skills, collaboration, and growth mindset.

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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.

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Implementing a Schoolwide Mindfulness Program

A school-wide mindfulness program starts with reaching out to faculty members who can help or hinder, and then addressing parent questions and concerns before beginning.

11 442 24,212 views
Two young girls huddled together reading a book in the library
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6 Early Childhood Tips. . . From a 5th Grade Teacher?

Whatever grade you teach, your students will notice the messages you send them, the assumptions you make about them, and your expectations about their learning.

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How and Why Intrinsic Motivation Works

Discover approaches for helping students feel personal autonomy, choice, and self-determination.

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Connections, Not Consequences

For individual student behavior issues, rely less on consequences and more on personal connections, scaffolding your process with dialogue, negotiation, and ultimately agreement.

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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.

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Educating Hearts: A Districtwide Initiative to Teach How to Care
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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.

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