George Lucas Educational Foundation

Mount Desert Elementary

Grades K-8 | Northeast Harbor, ME

Resources and Downloads for SEL Classroom Management

Educators from Mount Desert Elementary School in Northeast Harbor, Maine, have shared a few social and emotional learning tools and we've gathered some of our favorite resources to help educators implement positive discipline strategies, build community, and keep kids engaged.
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Three boys sitting together at a table in class smiling at the camera
Educators at one Maine elementary school are embracing social and emotional learning and watching their students achieve sustainable academic success.

If you'd like to deepen your understanding of SEL and how to apply it as an educator or parent, here are resources to get you started. The following are the combined recommendations of Mount Desert Elementary and the Chicago-based nonprofit Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

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Resources from Mount Desert Elementary School

Rebecca Heniser, a third-grade teacher at Mount Desert Elementary School, shared some resources that can help you get started.


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Learn More About Mount Desert Elementary

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Social and Emotional Learning Websites for Classroom Management

  • Responsive Classroom - An approach for elementary classroom management that focuses on increasing academic achievement, decreasing problem behaviors, improving social skills, and developing higher-quality instruction.

  • The Lineage Project - A program using awareness-based practices such as yoga and meditation to teach mindfulness to at-risk and incarcerated teenagers.

  • Mindful Life - A program using mindfulness to teach kids how to manage emotion, handle stress, and resolve conflict.

  • A Year at Mission Hill - A ten-part series documenting how a public school is trying to make a connection between social and emotional well-being and intellectual growth.

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Reading List: Introduction to SEL

General Introductions to SEL
Books for Educators
Books for Parents
Practical Tools for the Classroom

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More Edutopia Resources on Social and Emotional Learning:

Social and emotional learning (SEL) programs recognize that there's more to a child's personal, academic, and adult-life success than pure academics. Self-awareness, self-respect, self-control, and interpersonal skills can go a long way to helping a child become a happy, effective student and citizen (watch the Edutopia introductory video on SEL).

For more, check out our social and emotional learning strategy page.

(For more innovative ideas for teaching classroom management, check out our social and emotional learning blog series.)


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