Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

Classroom Practice



Give Teachers Time to Collaborate

Summary:  This article explores the benefits of expanded-time schools for students and also for teachers. One of the features in these expanded schedules is more time for teachers to collaborate in professional learning communities (PLCs).  This article cites various research reports from the National Center on Time and Learning which can be accessed from the article.

Source:  Jennifer Davis, Ed Week Commentary, August 14, 2015

Categories:  Classroom Practice, Educational Research, Student Achievement, Teacher Collaboration



Inside a school that combines personalized learning with social-emotional skills

Summary:  Jonathan Hanover’s brand new school, Roots Elementary, opened its doors for the first time six weeks ago, in northeast Denver, CO. Hanover is an unconventional school leader and his school reflects that.  This is an interview with Jonathan discussing the model he used to design Roots Elementary.

Source: Kate Schimel, Education DIVE, September 18, 2015

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



A Lesson Plan for Helping Young Children Learn to Accept Differences

Summary:  This is an Edutopia blog by Maurice Elias on the subject of acceptance of diversity by young children.  The emphasis of the blog is the importance of starting at an early age and how schools can help with this task.  Several suggestions are presented which will help schools design lessons to assist students in accepting differences.

Source: Maurice Elias, Edutopia, August 25, 2015

Categories:  SEL Basics, Classroom Practice



What If Everything You Knew About Disciplining Kids Was Wrong?

Summary:  This article explores the concept that punitive discipline techniques often tend to make bad behavior worse.  Using a positive approach which is grounded in teaching good behavior may yield a much better and longer-lasting result.

Source: Katherine Reynolds Lewis, Mother Jones, July/August 2015 Issue

Categories: Student Behavior, Codes of Conduct, Student Engagement, Classroom Practice



Rita Pierson: Every Kid Needs a Champion

Summary: Watch Rita Pierson’s inspirational TED talk on the importance of relationships in teaching and learning.

Source: Rita Pierson, TED Talk, May 3, 2013

Categories:  Classroom Practice, SEL Basics



Why Looping Is a Way Underappreciated School-Improvement Initiative

Summary: In this article, the author who is an elementary school teachers talks about the advantages of looping -where the teacher move on to a new grade with the same group of students.  The primary benefits include knowing the students better, knowing the parents better, and understanding strengths, weaknesses, and learning styles.  In his elementary school, the author credits looping as significant contributing factor for a rise in test scores and student achievement.

Source:  Justin Minkel, Education Week, June 15, 2015

Categories: Classroom Practice, SEL Basics



Urban Districts Embrace Social-Emotional Learning

Summary:  This article looks at how urban districts in Cleveland are implementing social emotional learning as district-wide data-driven learning plans that aim to boost students’ ability to make responsible decisions, regulate their own emotions and behavior, and build healthy relationships with their peers.

Source:  Evie Blad, Education Week, June 10, 2015

Categories:  SEL Basics, Classroom Practices



Kindergartens Ringing the Bell for Play Inside the Classroom

Summary: This article reports on a decision to include more play time in kindergarten in a school district in a Baltimore suburb.  The article cites the negative effect that “over-academization” of kindergarten can have on early childhood education.

Source:  Motoko Rich, The New York Times, June 9, 2015

Categories:  Classroom Practice, SEL Basics



Rethinking Learning Time by Teaching Students How to Be in School

Summary:  This article addresses the issue of time management in school and how various classroom interruptions can affect the scheduled amount of instructional time for core subjects and learning in general.

Source:  Jessica Rosenthal, Ed Week TEACHER, June 3, 2015

Categories:  Classroom Practice



Harvard and Nonprofit Launch Largest Library of Exceptional K-12 Student Work

Summary: Harvard Graduate School of Education has teamed with nonprofit Expeditionary Learning to create the world’s largest online database of exceptional K-12 student work.

Source: Allie Gross, Education DIVE, May 19, 2015

Categories: Student Achievement, Classroom Practice