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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Back to School: Goal Setting With Your Students

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Helping Students Develop the Skills to Focus

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Integrating Social and Emotional Competencies Into Academic Content

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Back to School: Goal Setting With Your Students

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Reaching Students With Emotional Disturbances

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Young girl lying down, smiling, in the grass with heart-shaped globe above her head.
Article

Kindness: A Lesson Plan

Classroom activities and resources for developing a vital character trait.

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Habits, Community, and Culture: Laying the Foundation for Emotional Intelligence
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13 Powerful SEL Activities

Build social and emotional skills into any class.

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When Mindfulness Feels Like a Necessity

It’s quick and easy to implement, and has proven benefits including boosted working memory and reduced stress.

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Two elementary school boys sit together, writing and laughing.
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Building a Positive Mindset One Word at a Time

Students can craft uplifting poems and narratives using a list of inspiring words you provide.

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Two teenagers smile at each other in support.
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Negativity Jammers

Ten techniques that help students control their emotions.

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Facing a large monitor, three elementary school-aged boys play a video game.
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How Gaming Connects to SEL and Career Readiness

Leverage your students’ interests in gaming to build social and emotional learning—skills that will be valuable in their future jobs.

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A teacher guides young students out of a moment of conflict.
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The Untapped SEL Tool: Conflict

Here’s how you can use disciplinary moments to practice social and emotional learning.

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Morning Meetings: Creating a Safe Space for Learning
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Morning Meetings: Creating a Safe Space for Learning

At Symonds Elementary, teachers use morning meetings to develop valuable social-emotional skills, create a culture of respect and trust, and prepare students to learn.

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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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A young woman is sitting on a window sill in a dark room, looking outside the window.
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Brains in Pain Cannot Learn!

Young people experiencing anxiety or depression are unable to learn. We can overcome this through physical movement, focused attention practices, and teaching them about how brains work.

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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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Discover Your Multiple Intelligences
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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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Article

The Power of the Morning Meeting: 5 Steps Toward Changing Your Classroom and School Culture

Edutopia blogger Lisa Dabbs shares her own transformative experience with the Morning Meeting model and suggests five steps for integrating this practice into the classroom.

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Helping Students Develop the Skills to Focus

Edutopia blogger Maurice Elias shares a classroom activity that helps K-8 students develop their ability to focus and pay better attention.

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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.

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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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