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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SMART Goal Setting With Your Students

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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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Freshman Orientation: A Year of Gentle Transition
Schools That Work

Freshman Orientation: A Year of Gentle Transition

In an ungraded weekly seminar throughout their freshman year, incoming students at High Tech High School learn about each other, themselves, and their academic community.

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Does Your Classroom Cultivate Student Resilience?

Over 100 years ago, the great African American educator Booker T. Washington spoke about resilience: I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles overcome while trying to...

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Finding the Gold Within

Through a mentoring program that includes empathy, drumming, and myths, young African American men identify and refine the raw materials of their humanity and potential.

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3 Things Students Desire to Hear From Teachers

Students deeply desire to hear that their teachers believe in them, recognize and can explain their purpose, and want to know who they really are.

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How SEL Can Help Students Gain a Multicultural Perspective

Taking a transformative approach to projects places it in the context of students actively exploring the backgrounds, current status, and necessary social actions related to justice for diverse groups.

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Article

Sometimes Misbehavior Is Not What It Seems

Misbehaving students might like you too much or be physically attracted. Maybe they want attention or want you to prove yourself. Be sensitive to underlying reasons.

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Weaving SEL Skills Into Book Talks

Book Talks provide an ideal way to build students' problem-solving skills by deepening their insights into written materials.

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Pages

Article

8 Play-Based Strategies to Engage Youth in Learning

Play is something that comes naturally to young people, so why not enhance their learning opportunities by engaging them to play with purpose?

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Unspeakable Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School

Edutopia has gathered resources that may help you and your children in respond to the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Developing Teachers' Social and Emotional Skills

Social and emotional competencies help teachers avoid burnout and increase well-being. By identifying our internal drivers, we use our emotional intelligence to improve our craft.

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Filling in Thought Holes: An Invaluable Social and Emotional Learning Lesson

Psychologist and SEL advocate Renee Jain identifies the cognitive distortions known as thought holes, and offers a lesson on how to avoid falling into them.

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Exit Celebrating: 8 Epic Ideas for Ending the School Year

Give your students a year-end send-off that celebrates their learning. Ideas include Top 10 lists, party-themed exams, symbolic toasts, and heartfelt letters.

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5 Tips for Supporting Grieving Students

Chris Park of the New York Life Foundation and Dr. David Schonfeld of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement offer five tips to help teachers deal with grieving students.

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Article

Teaching Students to Stand Up and Speak Out

Blogger Rebecca Alber encourages teachers to include social justice lessons and activities in their curriculum.

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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
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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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