Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

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



Do students like your teaching? Try this and find out

Summary:  What if we asked our students about the type of work they would prefer to do while in class? It may reveal a lot about their personal learning styles.

Source:  Alan November, February 23, 2015, eSchool News

Category:  Classroom Practice, Student-Centered Learning, Technology



Student Achievement and the American Education System

Summary:  “When schools are held accountable only for the accomplishments most obviously linked to future earnings, they sacrifice many of the experiences that are most important for optimal development but which are not lucrative.”

Source:  Susan Engel, February 2015, the Utne Reader

Categories:  Classroom Practice, Standardized Testing, Student Achievement



How Developing Trust is Problematic (But Essential) For Independent Learning

Summary: Katrina Schwartz’s recent KQED blog post explores why trust is crucial in shaping independent learners. The article points out that in this age of preparing students to be “college and career ready,” it is puzzling that schools block portions of the internet in the name of protecting students from inappropriate online behavior. Additionally, by blocking digital tools that serve a useful purpose in learning, schools effectively stop educators from teaching and modeling appropriate online behavior. And yet, younger students especially need some kind of protection online. In this article, we explore why building trust today is difficult in a traditional sense, while also remaining crucial for independent learning activities.

Source:  Edudemic Staff, January 7, 2015

Categories:  Classroom Practice, Student-Centered Learning, Student Voice



Teacher’s Guide to Digital Storytelling

Summary:  Perhaps the most exciting thing about digital storytelling is that it teaches so many fundamental skills using a medium in which students are already fundamentally interested — and, notably, one that will prove essential for them as they move up the academic chain and on to their careers. Digital storytelling techniques do not simply add to a student’s craft toolbox; they become a source for creativity itself when students are encouraged to get inventive with those tools.

Source: Leah Levy, Edudemic, November 6, 2014

Categories:  Classroom Practice, Student Voice, Creativity, Technology



Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

Summary: In this TED Talk, which is the most watched TED Talk of all time, Sir Ken Robinson speaks about how our current education system stifles children’s creativity.

Source: Sir Ken Robinson, TED Talk, June 2006,  see also

Categories:  Creativity, Classroom Practice, Student Engagement