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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Collaboration: How to Transfer Skills Outside of the Classroom?

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Core Strategies for Innovation and Reform in Learning

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Special Education: Promoting More Inclusion at Your School

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Building a Community of Learners—and Citizens

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Two second-grade girls role-play a scenario.
Article

Role-Play as an SEL Teaching Tool

Skills connected to social and emotional learning can be taught using situations drawn from students’ lives.

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A photograph of a large group of adults sitting in a circle.
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The Power of Collective Wisdom

Networking increases our chance of success in implementing social-emotional and character development programs.

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A teacher helps a young girl calm down to deal with a stressful situation.
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A Toolkit for Students in Crisis

An elementary school assistant principal shares a few ideas for how to help students calm down and regain self-control.

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A young woman uses a cardboard virtual reality headset.
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Ripping Learning off the Page

Virtual reality headsets and 360-degree videos are cheap—or even free!—tools you can use to help students experience distant places and the lives of others.

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Young girl lying down, smiling, in the grass with heart-shaped globe above her head.
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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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A class filled of high school students are standing back-to-back with their eyes closed, focusing on their breath.
Article

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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Pages

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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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Girl sitting at desk looking towards another student
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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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Close up of girl at white board doing a math problem
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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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Teaching Students to Embrace Mistakes

Guest bloggers Hunter Maats and Katie O'Brien, teachers and authors, discuss the value of making mistakes and helping students adopt the mindset to view their mistakes as healthy challenges rather than crushing defeats.

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A young boy wearing a striped blue and orange t-shirt is looking at a bubble in front of his forehead that is almost the size of his head. He's outside. Behind him is grass next to a brick floor with a basketball hoop and a tree fence.
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How Emotions Affect Learning, Behaviors, and Relationships

In the first of five posts about the film "Inside Out," Lori Desautels offers strategies to help explore how joy, sadness, fear, anger, and disgust can help students.  

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How to Address Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom

Tips and resources for putting MI theory into practice.

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The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies

How to use open-ended, close-ended, and a double question technique to inspire deeper thinking in your students.

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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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