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.

Putting a Positive Spin on School Discipline

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Summary:  This article advocates for taking a therapeutic approach when dealing with student discipline.  The goal is to help students think more productively when they get into trouble.

Source:  Alex Fertig and Ray W. Christner, District Administration, April 20, 2017 

Categories:  Student Behavior, Codes of Conduct, Mental Health

North Carolina District Commits to Social-Emotional Learning and Assessment

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Summary:  Buncombe County Schools in Asheville, NC has identified evidence-based strategies and a reliable test of student skills and  has made social-emotional learning a core priority for long-term district improvement.  Their rationale was that closing the achievement gap in social-emotional skills would also close the academic achievement gap.

Source: Tara Garcia Matthewson, Education Dive, April 21, 2017

Categories: SEL Basics, SEL Research, Classroom Practice, Student Achievement

There’s Nothing Soft About These Skills

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Summary:  This article talks about the importance of social emotional learning and other “soft skills” in helping students manage their emotions and understand relationships providing examples of how this has helped students in a variety of schools.

Source: Jeff Wagenheim, Harvard Ed. Magazine, January 10, 2016

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research, Classroom Practice, Character Education

For Every $1 Spent on SEL, There’s An $11 Return

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Summary: This article reports on a new research brief from Penn State University and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation which found that money spent on SEL programs brought back a significant return on the dollar.

Source:  Autumn Arnett, Education Dive, April 11, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics. SEL Research, School Culture/Climate, Student Behavior

Teacher Prep Slow to Embrace Social-Emotional Learning

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Summary:  This article surveys the state of teacher training about social-emotional learning and finds that many times, teachers are coming into their jobs with a lack of familiarity about social-emotional learning and its importance in schools.

Source:  Evie Blad, Education Week, April 4, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research, SEL Teacher Training

Social Emotional Learning in High School: How Three Urban High Schools Engage, Educate, and Empower Youth

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Summary:  This article reports on in-depth case studies of three urban, socioeconomically and racially diverse small public high schools, a student survey, and a comparison of student survey results to a national sample of students, Hamedani et al. investigate the ways in which school-wide social emotional learning can be implemented and how these efforts shape students’ educational experiences. 

Source:  Hamedani et al. SCOPE – Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, April 1, 2015

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research, School Culture and Climate, Student Engagement

Chicago Public Schools Leads On SEL With Collaborative Approach to Implementation

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Summary:  This article reports on the Chicago Public Schools’ initiative to support social-emotional in all of their 650 schools.  This is paired with the creation of a set of standards for SEL and a pathway for schools to earn a “Supportive Schools” Certification.

Source:  Tara Garcia Matthewson, Education DIVE, April 6, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research, School Culture and Climate

Student Voice Can Inform Administrative Decisions Across School Operations

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Summary:  There are ways to engage students in decision-making including providing feedback on learning experiences, granting more choice in curriculum, making student involvement in school governance more than a symbolic gesture, including students on interview panels for teachers, and asking for suggestions on school-wide needs, problems and challenges. 

Source:  Roger Riddell, Education DIVE, April 3, 2017

Categories:  Student Voice, Student Engagement

SEL is Important, But Where Does It Fit Best Among Academics?

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Summary:  Despite a recognition that social-emotional or “whole child” education is important to student success, questions persist about where it best fits in curricula.

Source:  Roger Riddell, Education DIVE, April 3, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research, Student Achievement

Study: A Teacher’s Encouragement Gives Students a Lasting Boost

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Summary:  This article reports on a study that shows the positive impact of support from a teacher on student achievement and their desire to continue their education.

Source: Brenda Iasevoli, Education Week, March 31, 2017

Categories: Positive Relationships, Student Achievement, SEL Basics, SEL Research