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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A teenage boy and girl dressed in business clothes are sitting at a classroom table -- covered with opened binders filled with paper -- talking to each other.
Article

Student-Centered Advisory: Establishing a Positive Community

Advisory groups are "school families" that give students a time block to focus on schoolwork, college applications, personal issues, or hearing and respecting one another.

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Building Community With Attendance Questions

Taking attendance shows which students are physically present, but asking an attendance question stretches students' minds toward actively learning as part of a classroom community.

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Teachers, Students, and the Hero's Journey

Joseph Campbell's monomyth of the Hero's Journey maps easily onto the annual cycle of growth, struggle, crisis, and opportunity faced by every teacher and student in every classroom.

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Assuming Positive Intent

Buck the cultural trend of anger and incivility with a simple checklist that helps reframe your understanding about what other people actually want and need.

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Eight young kids are running outside on the grass in front of a playground.
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Building SEL Skills Through Formative Assessment

Measure and evaluate your students' SEL development by using a Progression Chart and strategies that include probing discussions, unobtrusive assessments, and student-generated assessments.

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A large group of special needs students are marching in the street, proudly raising their arms, cheering, and holding a large sign that says, "Hudson High School Special Olympians -- Multi-State Champs in Soccer and Softball."
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Recalling and Rekindling the Spirit that Initiated Special Olympics

The spirit of Special Olympics needs emulation so that doors are more widely open for all -- in schools and social institutions.

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A fifth-grade girl is kneeling on a basketball court, holding a young pre-school girl with special needs. They're both looking at each other and smiling.
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Project Au-Some: Building Empathy and Collaboration

Through partnering with a preschool special ed class, fifth-grade students learned and taught their community about developmental disabilities, enhancing their own empathy in the process.

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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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Self-Assessment Inspires Learning

Read and download this self-assessment rubric and accompanying questions to help you assess your own or your students' social and emotional development this year.

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7 Things Parents and Teachers Should Know About Teens

Parents and educators can become more aware of ways into the hearts and minds of teens that can make a difference.

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Coding for Kindergarteners

Teaching young children to code is far from a tedious exercise with the thoughtful, age-appropriate use of game-like apps and robotic devices.

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12 Ways to Avoid Student Humiliation

Embarrassing or belittling students may interfere with learning and lead to long-term resentment. Teachers should treat students respectfully and be mindful of their feelings.

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Incentivizing Your Class: The Engagement-Based Classroom Management Model

Invite your students to participate in a behavioral model that helps them level up with their engagement and attitude -- much like a video game.

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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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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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