Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

Classroom Practice

18

Aug

Relationships Matter More Than Rules

Summary:  This article focuses on the importance of building positive relationships in a classroom in order to transform it into a community.  The author suggests several strategies for starting the school year by building strong relationships.

Source:  Rebecca Alber, Edutopia, August 16, 2017

Categories:  Positive Relationships, Core Values, Classroom Practice, Codes of Conduct, School Culture/Climate

18

Aug

Bite-Size SEL Lessons

Summary:  Snack time can be an opportunity for social and emotional learning instead of simply a pit stop for hungry kids.  Snack time can offer opportunities for building community and sharing responsibilities in the early elementary classroom.

Source:  Kerry Elson, Edutopia, August 14, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, Classroom Practice, Student Engagement, Core Values

16

Aug

Charlottesville VA

The First Thing Teachers Should Do When School Starts is Talk About Hatred in America. Here’s help.

Summary:  This article from the Washington Post presents some ideas about how to handle the inevitable questions from students about Charlottesville as school begins this year.  There are many resources that are listed in the article that may be helpful in guiding discussions as schools start the 2017-18 year.

Source: Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, August 13, 2017

Categories:  Core Values, Educational Equity, Classroom Practice, Empathy, Positive Relationships, Character Education

16

Aug

3 Important School Leadership Lessons From Charlottesville

Summary:  This article presents a reaction to the events in Charlottesville, VA on August 12 and how school leaders might use these events as a springboard to teaching, communicating, and focusing on understanding all students.

Source:  JIll Berkowitz and Ann Myers, Education Week, August 15, 2017

Categories:  Classroom Practice, Educational Equity, Core Values, Positive Relationships, Character Education

16

Aug

HS Students

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

12

Aug

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

27

Jul

Coaching

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

26

Jul

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

20

Jul

HS Student Group

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

11

Jul

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