Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

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Tackling School Climate, Student Behavior as a Route to Improvement

Summary: This article covers several multi-tiered student support systems – RTI and PBIS, in particular – in meeting the requirements of ESSA.  These support systems have been found to help special education and ELL students, but also have the potential to help all students.

Source:  Christina A. Samuels, Education Week, September 27, 2016

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




Teachers Seize On ‘Growth Mindset,’ But Crave More Training

Summary:  This article reports on the results from an Education Week poll of K-12 teachers asking them about their familiarity with the topic and their readiness to use if effectively in their teaching.  The result was that a majority of teachers surveyed were familiar with the idea of the growth mindset but an even greater majority wanted more professional development on the topic.

Source:  Evie Blad, Education Week, September 20, 2016

Categories:  Mindset, Classroom Practice



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How to Run SEL/SECD Lessons – Pedagogy from Social Decision Making

Summary:  This is a pdf which describes ways to run lessons infused with SEL/SECD content.  This should be useful for anyone who wishes to create a classroom or a school environment that is based on social-emotional learning and character development.

Source:  Maurice Elias and Linda Bruene Butler, et al. Research Press, 2005

Categories:  SEL Basics, Character Education, Classroom Practice



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How To Support Transgender Students in the Classroom

Summary:  This article makes some suggestions about supporting transgender students in school.   It also provides some definitions and some background information to help in understanding how to provide an inclusive classroom environment for these students.

Source:  Marian Oswald, Edudemic, September 5, 2016

Category:  LGBTQ Issues, Classroom Environment, Educational Equity




Five Things You Can Do That Will Make You a Better Educator Right Now

Summary:  This blog suggests five things that teachers can do right away to make them better educators.  They include creating a classroom value system, prioritizing self-care, creating strong but kind classroom routines, don’t take student misbehavior personally, and maintain a sense of humor.

Source:  Phil Brown,, August 25, 2016

Categories:  Mindset, Character Education, Classroom Practice, Core Values, Codes of Conduct




What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Summary:  This article explores the importance of relationships between teacher and students as a goal of teaching.  It goes beyond “college and career readiness: and extends to significant interpersonal connections that motivate and  inspire students to achieve in school.  These connections extend far beyond graduation and are important in shaping students’ lives.

Source:  Karen Engels, Education Week, August 24, 2016

Categories:  Core Values, Classroom Practice, School Culture and Climate




Student Surveys: Using Student Voice to Improve Teaching and Learning

Summary: When teachers survey their classes at Trinidad Garza Early College High School, students see how their opinions matter and have a direct impact on instruction.  This article which spotlights Trinidad Garza Early College High School in Dallas, Texas, explains how student surveys were implemented in the school.

Source:  Schools That Work, Edutopia, June 14, 2016

Categories:  Student Voice, Classroom Practice, Student Engagement



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The Best Schools In The World Do This. Why Don’t We?

Summary: This article reports on the findings of a study done by a group of non-partisan state legislators and staffers to study some of the world’s top-performing school systems, including those in Finland, Hong Kong, Japan, Ontario, Poland, Shanghai, Singapore and Taiwan.

Source:  Cory Turner, nprEd, August 9, 2016

Categories:  Classroom Practice, Student Achievement, Early Childhood/Preschool



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Teacher Expectations Top List of Effects on Student Achievement

Summary:  Australian education researcher John Hattie’s latest update to the Hattie Ranking, which incorporates the results of 1,200 meta analyses, places teacher estimates of achievement as the highest-impact influence on student learning and achievement.

Source: Tara Garcia Mathewson, Education DIVE, July 5, 2016

Categories:  Student Achievement, Classroom Practice



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Study: Teacher Stress Reduction Leads to Instructional Improvement

Summary: This article reports on a study based on “a classroom model theory positing that teachers’ well-being promotes better teacher-student relationships, effective classroom management skills, and effective social-emotional learning.”  The study found that teachers who participated in a mindfulness-based professional development program “were more emotionally supportive and demonstrated greater sensitivity to students than those in the control group.”

Source: Elisha McNeil, Education Week, May 4, 2016

Categories: SEL Basics, SEL Research, Classroom Practice, Mindfulness