Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

Classroom Practice



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



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There’s Nothing Soft About These Skills

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



Student Voice

Be Quiet and Listen: 3 Ways for Students to Talk More and Teachers to Talk Less

Summary: Students’ abilities to produce and understand spoken language is often overlooked in the American classroom, says Joshua Benjamin, ELL Coordinator at Community Day Arlington Elementary School in Lawrence, MA. He shares three ways to get students talking more in the classroom—and educators talking less.

Source: Joshua Benjamin, Guest Blogger, Education Week, February 23. 2017

Categories:  Student Engagement, Classroom Practice, Student Voice



Making Sure Students Feel Safe in Uncertain Times

Summary:  By all measures, Safety is one of the most, if not THE most important dimension of school climate and culture.  While there are many issues that are school-wide, the classroom is the place where safety – both physical and emotional – is required if learning is to occur.  This article underscores the importance of the teacher’s role in providing that safe environment in troubling times.

Source:  Julie Jee, Education Week, February 8, 2017

Categories:  Classroom Practice, Core Values, School Culture/Climate, Student Safety




If Teachers Think Like Managers, They Could Make Happier Classrooms

Summary:  Three educator-researchers analyzed the strategies of managers in the nation’s best-run organizations to bring back strategies for creating positive cultures and productive environments to classrooms.

Source:  Tara Garcia Matthewson, Education Dive, February 9, 2017

Categories:  Classroom Practice, School Culture/Climate



How to Embrace the Student Engagement Challenge

Summary:  This article describes a high school that claims “100% Student Engagement, 100% of the time.”  This is a lofty claim and it took tremendous effort to get there.  Read about how this school placed a laser focus on student engagement.

Source:  Ben Owens, Education Week, January 24, 2017

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