Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

Classroom Practice



The Five Habits of Creative Teachers

Summary:  This article talks about how to harness creativity in an educational system that often stifles it.  Read about five habits that help teachers maintain their creative approach to teaching and learning.

Source: By Cathleen Nardi, Melissa Goodwin, Tracee Vetting Wolf, Strawberry-Blue Olive, and Maureen Maher Wizel, Ed Week Teacher, August 19, 2014

Categories: Classroom Practice, Creativiity



Harvard ed school shares ‘Usable Knowledge’ for educators

Summary:  The Harvard Graduate School of Education has launched a new website to share best practices and research with educators, administrators, and policymakers across the nation.  The site, Useable Knowledge, will highlight specifically the work and research of the University’s faculty and their co-researchers across the globe.  K-12 and Higher Education content will both be featured on the site.

Source:  Allie Gross, Education DIVE, September 11. 2014

Categories: Classroom Practice, Educational Research



Teacher Collaboration Benefits Students

Summary:  According to Esther Quintero, a senior fellow at the nonprofit Albert Shanker Institute, teachers collaborating and fostering a supportive professional environment is just as important for student achievement as having good individual teachers in place.

Source: Allie Gross, Education DIVE, Sept. 11, 2014,

Categories: Teacher Collaboration, Classroom Practice



Are You a Relevant Educator?

Summary:  This article speaks about a new how-to book by Tom Whitby and Steven Anderson called The Relevant Educator.  It is part of the Corwin Press Connected Educator Series and delves into the use of technology and social media to help teachers (and administrators) remain relevant.

Source: Peter DeWitt, Education Week September 9, 2014

Categories: Classroom Practice, School Culture and Climate, Social Media



Commentary: What Makes a Great Teacher?

Summary:  According to the loudest and most influential education reformers, the answer is pretty straightforward. Great teachers have mastery over their subject matter, can design coherent lesson plans, and are able to track student improvement.  But while it’s true that great teachers possess those skills, it is deeply misguided to believe that those skills alone make a great teacher.

Source: Jack Schneider, Education Week, September 8, 2014

Categories:  Classroom Practice, SEL Basics, SEL Teacher Training



Education Activism Begins With Teachers

Summary:  This article explores reasons why bright college students interested in social activism often shy away from the teaching profession.  The author, a graduate student in education, speaks to the importance of attracting bright and talented people to the teaching profession.

Source:  by Margaret Healy, Education Week Online, August 20, 2014

Categories:  Classroom Practice, Social Activism, Teacher Leadership



Beyond Compliance: Rethinking Discipline and Codes of Conduct

Summary: This Ed Week Commentary – July 25, 2013 – cites the importance of engaging students and teachers in deciding on classroom rules and using them as learning opportunities in the classroom and the school.

Source: Maurice Elias and William Trusheim

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



Let’s Put Caring Into the Common Core

Summary:  This article from the February 2014 NJEA Review speaks about the importance of considering the social-emotional domain and the classroom environment.

Source: Maurice J. Elias, Rutgers University

Castegories: Classroom Practice, School Culture and Climate, Student Engagement



Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement

Summary:  This blog post shares the responses of 220 eighth grade students when asked the question “What engages students?”

Source:  Heather Wolpert Gawron

Categories: Student Engagement, Classroom Practice