Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)
Find resources to help students manage their emotions, resolve conflicts, and make responsible decisions—creating the healthiest school culture possible.
Welcoming Newly Arrived High School ELLsThese strategies can help English language learners feel like they’re an essential part of the school community.
Why Bullying Is Too Narrow a Lens for Addressing Conflict in Middle SchoolEveryday 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 CoachesGenerations 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 SkillsBuilding strong social and emotional learning skills can help set the stage for students to become better readers.
Why Ages 2-7 Matter So Much for Brain DevelopmentRich experiences—from play to the arts and relationships—fundamentally shape a young child’s development.121k
Creating Opportunities for Unstructured PlayWhen 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.1.9k
How Puppets Can Help Kids Express EmotionsUsing simple strategies acted out by puppets, students learn social and emotional skills that help them calm themselves, identify their feelings, and connect with others.2.3k
Using Common Tech Tools to Support Social and Emotional LearningThese innovative strategies can help students find a sense of calm and self-awareness in the classroom.276
Using Explicit Instruction to Foster SELMany students struggle to master crucial skills like resiliency and problem-solving. Here’s a four-step plan for teaching these skills.692
Making Students Feel SafeA trauma-informed approach ensures that students feel safe, supported, and nurtured—to improve their chances of academic success.129.4k
Classroom Management Built on BoundariesGuiding upper elementary students with boundaries rather than rules can make for a more harmonious classroom.1k
When Students Are Traumatized, Teachers Are TooTrauma in students’ lives takes an emotional and physical toll on teachers as well. Experts weigh in on the best ways to cope.112.9k
4 Ways Classroom Design Impacts Executive FunctioningEffective classroom design can help elementary students develop skills like organization and task initiation.9.6k
8 Proactive Classroom Management TipsNew teachers—and experienced ones too—can find ideas here on how to stop disruptive behavior before it begins.68.6k
A Daily Support System for StudentsStudents who need extra social and emotional support have a quick check-in with an adult at the start and end of each day.89.8k