Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

Classroom Practice



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Yes, Race and Politics Belong in the Classroom

Summary:  This article deals with how teachers can foster a classroom environment that allows for discussion of controversial issues both in and out of school.  The author offers ten tips for teachers to engage students in difficult conversations.

Source:  H. Richard Milner IV, Education Week, August 15, 2017

Categories:  Classroom Practice, Positive Relationships, Educational Equity, Student Engagement



Finland Found a Proven Way to Combat Bullying. Here’s What It’ll Take To Make It Work in the US

Summary:  This article talks about “KiVa” which stands for “against bullying” in Finnish.  The program is used throughout the Finnish schools and has met with success in dealing with bullying by focuses mainly on bystander behaviors. 

Source:  CNN, August 11, 2017

Categories:  Anti-Bullying, Classroom Practice, Positive Relationships




Improve Your Coaching With One Move: Stop Talking

Summary:  This article describes “transformational coaching”, a model that encourages the teachers being coached to reflect on their teaching practice in order to make decisions on their own that further the learning and success of all children.

Source:  Elena Aguilar, Education Week, July 20, 2017

Categories:  Professional Development, Classroom Practice, Teacher Training, Teacher Collaboration



SEL Competencies

5 Ways to Support Social-Emotional Learning in the 21st Century Classroom

Summary:  This article provides a brief review of the five SEL competencies and suggests strategies that support SEL in your school.  The author refers to the new meta-analysis of social-emotional learning (SEL) in the journal “Child Development”, shows many positive benefits of including SEL in the classroom.

Source: Heather Ridge, Education Week, July 19, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research, School Culture/Climate, Classroom Practice



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A Town Helps Transform Its School

Summary:  This article shares how a town in New Hampshire became involved in a school improvement initiative and was able to make a significant difference in the quality of the education offered there.  Some of the hallmarks of the initiative included listening to student voice, focusing on competency-based learning, and helping students develop empathy and resolving conflicts.

Source:  Emelina Minero, Edutopia. July 18, 2017

Categories:  Student Voice, Student Engagement, Classroom Practice, Empathy, School Culture/Climate



Social-Emotional Intelligence Is Missing From School. Here’s Why That Matters.

Summary:  In this article, the author who teaches college readiness at a charter school in Brooklyn, NY, advocates for the inclusion of social-emotional learning for his students as they are necessary for future success in school and in life.

Source:  Frederick Scott Saylors, Education Week, June 28, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, Classroom Practice, Positive Relationships, School Culture/Climate



Teaching Students to De-Stress Over Testing

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



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Integrating Social and Emotional Competencies Into Academic Content

Summary:  Collaboration, problem solving, and social awareness are social-emotional skills that our necessary to our children’s success.  Maurice Elias shares how these skills could be incorporated in academics with an example lesson in eighth grade science class.

Source:  Maurice Elias, Edutopia, May 15, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, Classroom Practice, SEL Teacher Training



Teachers Weave Social-Emotional Learning Into Academics

Summary:  This article focuses on how social emotional learning can be infused into academic learning through strategies such as peer interactions and reflective conversations.  The article also suggests strategies that can be used in core subjects such as reading and math.

Source:  Evie Blad, Education Week, May 5, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, Classroom Practice, Student Achievement




North Carolina District Commits to Social-Emotional Learning and Assessment

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