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Character Education

Learn how to help children develop traits like initiative, perseverance, and empathy to be successful and contribute positively to their communities.

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    How to Teach Character in the Classroom and Online

    Students benefit from working with their teachers to develop core tenets that guide their behavior in school and at home.
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    A Daily Ritual That Builds Trust and Community Among Students

    An activity that encourages students to open up about a person close to them can bring a whole class together in profound ways.
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  • Helping Students Read the Emotions Behind Masks

    Helping Students Read Emotions Behind Masks

    Teaching young students to tune in to facial expressions—even when partially obscured by a mask—can support the development of emotional literacy skills.
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  • Making Students Feel Safe

    A trauma-informed approach ensures that students feel safe, supported, and nurtured—to improve their chances of academic success. 
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  • Taking Charge of Reactions to Everyday Challenges

    Learning to Measure the Size of a Problem

    When elementary students compare the relative importance of a range of problems, they learn to take charge of their reactions.
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    13 Powerful SEL Activities

    Build social and emotional skills into any class.
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  • Weekly Circles for Students and Faculty

    See what happens when students and faculty participate in regular meetings to build trust and promote deeper learning.
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    Simple Ways to Encourage Kindness in Students of All Ages

    With Random Acts of Kindness Day approaching, here are 5 easy ways to promote kindness across all age groups.
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  • SMART Goal Setting With Your Students

    SMART goals are specific, measurable, action-oriented, rigorous, and tracked. Help your students develop them through a series of ongoing peer interviews.
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  • Getting Their Hands Dirty

    Getting Their Hands Dirty

    Experiential learning—like making incense sticks in factory conditions—teaches kids about real social issues.
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    Teaching Young Children About Bias, Diversity, and Social Justice

    Use young children’s understanding of differences to teach social justice through age-appropriate literature, news stories, anti-bias lessons, familiar examples, and problem solving.
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    Rejecting the ‘Mean Girl’ Framework

    Ideas for guiding girls toward positive interactions with each other.
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    Strategies to Build Intrinsic Motivation

    Encouraging student commitment ultimately brings better results than the external motivations of reward or punishment. These seven self-persuasion strategies will get you started.
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    Creating a District-Wide K–5 SEL Program

    Recognizing that social and emotional learning would be especially important this year, one district created a program to address that need.
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    Restorative Justice: Resources for Schools

    Explore resources and case studies that demonstrate how to bring restorative justice to your school or classroom.
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