Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

Classroom Practice

7

Jun

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

7

Jun

Informatics workshop at university

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

15

May

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

23

Apr

Mindful

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

21

Apr

Harvard Ed Soft Skills

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

26

Feb

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

14

Feb

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

14

Feb

Coaching

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

31

Jan

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

27

Jan

SEL Part of NYC Charter’s Foundation

Summary:  The Renaissance Charter School in New York City has incorporated a focus on social-emotional learning as a founding premise of the school since its opening in 1993.  The school provides for morning meetings at the elementary level and advisory periods in middle and high school to address the social and emotional needs of students.

Source:  Tara Garcia Mathewson, Education Dive, January 24, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, School Culture and Climate, Classroom Practice