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.

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Bringing Restorative Practices to Your School

Six lessons learned from replacing punitive discipline with a community-oriented, restorative approach.

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SEL Now: Moving From Heaviness to Hope

Responding to violence and despair, Atlanta's superintendent advocates a national program of social-emotional learning that would teach students to embrace empathy, communication, and respect.

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Oracy in the Classroom: Strategies for Effective Talk
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Oracy in the Classroom: Strategies for Effective Talk

School 21 develops confident students who can articulate their thoughts and learning with strategies like discussion guidelines and roles and structured talk tasks.

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Teaching Wellbeing: Helping Students Tackle Social Issues
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Wellbeing: Developing Empathy, Emotional Awareness, and Agency

Learn how School 21 explores topics like culture, diversity, and responsibility using drama techniques, grounding texts, and controversial statements.

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How 3 Interlocking Pedagogies Can Change the World

At School 21, the combination of teaching wellbeing, oracy (speaking skills), and project-based learning empowers students to create exceptional work that makes a real-world difference.

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Redesigning the Traditional Assembly

Here are five tips that can make assemblies engaging, participative, and reflective of your school's values, content, and pedagogies.

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Wellbeing: Fostering Self-Awareness and Empathy With Grounding Texts

Learn how School 21 uses literature as a gateway to explore sensitive themes, like race, bullying, and personal values.

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Integrating the 16 Habits of Mind

Edutopia blogger Terry Heick provides a quick tour of Costa and Kallick's 16 Habits of Mind, along with suggestions for integrating them as classroom best practices.

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Bullying Prevention: 5 Tips for Teachers, Principals, and Parents

Blogger Anne O'Brien shares five valuable bully prevention tips for teachers, parents, and principals.

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Restorative Justice: Resources for Schools

Explore resources and case studies that demonstrate how to bring restorative justice to your school or classroom.

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5 Keys to Social and Emotional Learning Success
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5 Keys to Successful Social and Emotional Learning

Studies show that sustained and well-integrated social and emotional learning (SEL) engages students and improves achievement. Explore classroom practices that make up the most effective SEL programs.

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Take a Quiz: Learn Something New About Yourself!

How tech savvy are you? Are you a visual or a verbal learner? How do you manage your emotions? Take a quiz and get answers to these questions -- and bring the results to your classroom.

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The Four Keys to Helping At-Risk Kids

At-risk youth need stable, caring relationships with the adults in their lives, as well as obtainable goals.

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Fair Isn’t Equal: Seven Classroom Tips

Edutopia blogger Richard Curwin explains the subtle yet important differences between treating students equally and treating them fairly.

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An Introduction to Social and Emotional Learning
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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

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

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