Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

Classroom Practice



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



Bellevue Schools Teach Emotional Smarts to Help Boost Academic Success

Summary:  The past three decades of brain research have shown that thinking and feeling are intertwined in complex ways affecting attention, memory and judgment.  Bellevue [Washington] is among a growing number of districts around the country putting that research to work, which is already helping keep many children out of the principal’s office.

Source:  John Higgins, Seattle Times, May 5, 2015

Categories:  Student Achievement, Classroom Practice, SEL Basics



Connecting Social and Emotional Learning to Effective Teaching

Summary: This website  contains a wealth of resources, articles and briefs to assist teachers in understanding Social Emotional Learning and implementing best practices in their classrooms.

Source:  The SEL School, The American Institute for Research, 2014

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research, Classroom Practice



Character Education in Lawrence Township

Summary: This video shows how character education has led the Lawrence Township Schools to become a National District of Character.

Source:  Lawrence Township Public Schools, Dr. Crystal Edwards, Superintendent

Categories:  Character Education, SEL Basics, Classroom Practice, Student Engagement



Promoting and Developing Social and Emotional Skills in the Secondary Classroom

Summary:  This brief describes how using social emotional skills such as perseverance, responsibility, and collaboration help to promote school success and lifelong achievement in the secondary school classroom.

Source:  Megan Olivia Hall, 2013 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, University of Minnesota Extension, March 2014

Categories:  Classroom Practice Core Values, Performance Values



4 Ways to Turn Distracted Students into Engaged Learners

Summary: Seven out of ten academic leaders agree that online learning is critical to the future of education. That’s why the number of students enrolled in online courses will only continue to rise. But the use of online courses has also presented new challenges for teachers and administrators, especially when it comes to keeping students focused and engaged.

Source: Rony Zarom, Edudemic, March 6, 2015

Categories: Classroom Practice, Online Learning