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Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)

Find resources to help students manage their emotions, resolve conflicts, and make responsible decisions—creating the healthiest school culture possible.

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  • Welcoming Newly Arrived High School ELLs

    These strategies can help English language learners feel like they’re an essential part of the school community.
    Sarah Elia
  • Why Bullying Is Too Narrow a Lens for Addressing Conflict in Middle School

    Everyday conflict can get in the way of academics in the middle grades. Kids need to learn the essential social competencies that will allow them to get back to productive learning.
  • Winning at Any Cost: How Nashville Is Retraining Top-Tier Youth Athletic Coaches

    Generations of student athletes have endured harsh, humiliating coaching practices. Now a large urban school district is seeking to break that cycle—and keep winning.
  • The Role of SEL in Developing Reading Skills

    Building strong social and emotional learning skills can help set the stage for students to become better readers.
  • An illustration concept of a child internalizing knowledge

    Why Ages 2-7 Matter So Much for Brain Development

    Rich experiences—from play to the arts and relationships—fundamentally shape a young child’s development.
  • Creating Opportunities for Unstructured Play

    When schools make space for free play in a natural environment, students are left to their own devices to build, create, and problem-solve—and the benefits continue once they are back in the classroom.
  • How Puppets Can Help Kids Express Emotions

    Using simple strategies acted out by puppets, students learn social and emotional skills that help them calm themselves, identify their feelings, and connect with others.
  • Using Common Tech Tools to Support Social and Emotional Learning

    These innovative strategies can help students find a sense of calm and self-awareness in the classroom.
  • Using Explicit Instruction to Foster SEL

    Many students struggle to master crucial skills like resiliency and problem-solving. Here’s a four-step plan for teaching these skills.
  • Making Students Feel Safe

    A trauma-informed approach ensures that students feel safe, supported, and nurtured—to improve their chances of academic success. 
  • Classroom Management Built on Boundaries

    Guiding upper elementary students with boundaries rather than rules can make for a more harmonious classroom.
  • A side profile of a young woman. Part of her face is comprised of triangles that are breaking off of her face.

    When Students Are Traumatized, Teachers Are Too

    Trauma in students’ lives takes an emotional and physical toll on teachers as well. Experts weigh in on the best ways to cope.
  • 4 Ways Classroom Design Impacts Executive Functioning

    Effective classroom design can help elementary students develop skills like organization and task initiation.
  • Teacher and student high-fiving

    8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips

    New teachers—and experienced ones too—can find ideas here on how to stop disruptive behavior before it begins.
  • A Daily Support System for Students

    Students who need extra social and emotional support have a quick check-in with an adult at the start and end of each day.

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