Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools


Our Resource Center provides the latest research, news, and trends on social-emotional learning, character development, and school culture and climate. For full access to our resources enroll in the Academy today.

Why Losing Control of Your Classroom is a Good Thing

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Summary:  This article reports on efforts to implement problem based learning (PBL) and giving students control of lesson planning based on their individual projects.  Teachers play a supportive role while students are empowered and given voice.

Source: Stephen Noonoo, eSchool News, June 19, 2017

Categories: Student Centered Learning, Student Achievement, Student Engagement, Student Voice

Why Emotionally Intelligent People Are More Successful

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Summary:  This article summarizes research connecting emotional intelligence (EQ) with success in business.  There are also some ideas about hiring practices which involve an inventory of EQ skills to identify potential candidates.

Source:  Harvey Deutschendorf, Fast Company, June 22, 2015

Categories:  Emotional Intelligence, SEL Basics, SEL Research, Leadership Qualities

Happiness Before Homework: Focusing on Feelings in the Classroom

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Summary:  This article talks about the importance SEL competencies for both students and teachers.  Prompted by a student suicide, the author embarked on  designing a high school course in positive psychology to help students focus on their own well-being. The author has also gone on to train other teachers to to be “emotionally intelligent.”

Source:  Ronan Habib, Education Week, June 7, 2017

Categories:  Emotional Intelligence, Mental Health, Mindfulness, SEL Teacher Training

Social Emotional Learning: It Starts with Teachers

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Summary:  This special report provides access to several articles covering the importance of SEL and how teachers can support social emotional learning in their classrooms.

Source:  Education Week Special Report, June 7, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research, Educational Equity, Mindfulness, Teacher Training

Is Social-Emotional Learning Really Going to Work for Students of Color?

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Summary:  This article broaches the subject of SEL and equity.  Dena Simmons, a black educator and director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.  Speaks to this issue and suggests how to discover your own biases and make SEL instruction meaningful to students.

Source:  Dena Simmons, Education Week, June 7, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, Educational Equity

Happy Teachers Practice Self-Care

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Summary:  This article suggests that social emotional competence for teachers is a necessary ingredient for social emotional learning for their students.  The writer talks about a series of activities for teachers that are designed to improve their own SEL while contributing to their happiness.

Source: Madeline Will, Education Week, June 7, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Satisfaction, Mindfulness

Is Your Child Showing Grit? School Report Cards Rate Students’ Soft Skills

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Summary:  This article sums up efforts to include SEL skills as an element of school report cards.  This article mentions efforts across the country to focus on these “soft skills” as an important part of student development.  Maurice Elias and Angela Duckworth are extensively quoted in this article.

Source:  Evie Blad, Education Week, June 6, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research, Emotional Intelligence, Student Achievement, Parent Engagement

Cyberbullying Challenges Mental Health in Our Schools

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Summary:  This article, by guest writer J.M. Myers, addresses the challenge that cyber-bullying puts on the mental health of a school and its students. Schools must address cyber-bullying even though it usually occurs outside of school.  In many ways, it is much more pernicious  than face-to-face interactions.

Source:  Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers, Education Week, May 24, 2017

Categories:  Anti-Bullying, Mental Health, Codes of Conduct, Technology

Teaching Students to De-Stress Over Testing

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Summary:  This article addresses the issue of anxiety in schools.  This contemporary problem affects school performance for students across most grade levels.  One of the methods used today to address this anxiety is mindfulness, which has found a place in many schools across the country.

Source:  Sarah Sparks, Education Week, May 24, 2017

Categories:  Mindfulness, Mental Health, Classroom Practice

A Solution for Student Disengagement

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Summary:  In this article, Daniel Oscar proposes engaging students by offering them opportunities for leadership in their schools. These include peer leadership opportunities, ways to honor student voice, and other methods of making schools a place where students want to be!

Source:  Daniel Oscar, Edutopia, May 23, 2017

Categories:  Student Engagement, Student Voice, Student Centered Learning