Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

School Culture / Climate

10

Aug

Lady Liberty

Teaching in a World Filled With Fear

Summary: This article is a commentary about the effect of world issues on students and the need for schools to provide a nurturing culture and climate to allay our students’ fears.  This article also addresses the topic of new immigrants and the reality that for them, school may no longer feel safe.

Source:  Precious Crabtree, Education Week, August 9, 2017

Categories:  School Culture/Climate, Educational Equity, SEL Basics, Positive Relationships

2

Aug

Tree

What a Photograph of a Tree Can Teach Leaders About Change

Summary:  This article uses a tree metaphor to address the change process in education.  Change is almost always a difficult proposition that is often associated with loss.  The  authors show that when leaders are sensitive to various factions affected by the potential change, they can address those concerns and alleviate some of the fear and hesitation that goes along with any change process.

Source:  Jill Berkowitz and Ann Myers, Education Week, August 1, 2017

Categories:  Leadership Qualities, School Culture/Climate, SEL Basics

1

Aug

Addressing Hate and Intolerance in Trump’s America

Summary:  This article tells the story of how one school district in Washington State addressed the issue of hate and intolerance toward students who are members of “target groups.”  The author offers some suggestions for activities that will help to “look past hate toward hope.”

Source:  Jennifer Fichamba, Education Week, July 27. 2017

Categories:  Educational Equity, School Culture/Climate, Core Values, Empathy, Positive Relationships, Student Engagement

27

Jul

Happy Students

Some Teens Don’t See School as a Kind Place. Here’s Why That Matters.

Summary:  This article reports on the results of student survey on school mental health conducted by the Benenson Strategy Group on behalf of the Born This Way Foundation, an organization founded by singer Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, to research and promote mental wellness among young people. 

Source:  Evie Blad, Education Week, July 27, 2017

Categories:  Mental Health, School Health, School Culture/Climate, SEL Basics

26

Jul

SEL Competencies

5 Ways to Support Social-Emotional Learning in the 21st Century Classroom

Summary:  This article provides a brief review of the five SEL competencies and suggests strategies that support SEL in your school.  The author refers to the new meta-analysis of social-emotional learning (SEL) in the journal “Child Development”, shows many positive benefits of including SEL in the classroom.

Source: Heather Ridge, Education Week, July 19, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research, School Culture/Climate, Classroom Practice

20

Jul

Letting Students Succeed as Themselves

Summary:  This article speaks about the writer’s experiences in New Zealand where education focuses on a student’s cultural heritage and helps them understand their heritage and make connections with their learning.

Source:  Joshua Block, Edutopia, July 20, 2017

Categories:  School Culture/Climate, Student Centered Learning, Core Values, Student Engagement, Student Voice

20

Jul

How Can Districts Help Teachers Develop Social-Emotional Skills?

Summary:  This article reports on the efforts of a California school district to improve social-emotional skills for both teachers and students.  These efforts include reinforcing the connection between SEL and academic achievement, the importance of teacher social-emotional well-being, and the importance of collegial support;

Source:  Michael Gallagher, Education Week, June 28, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, School Culture/Climate, SEL Teacher Training, Teacher Satisfaction, Wellness

20

Jul

HS Student Group

A Town Helps Transform Its School

Summary:  This article shares how a town in New Hampshire became involved in a school improvement initiative and was able to make a significant difference in the quality of the education offered there.  Some of the hallmarks of the initiative included listening to student voice, focusing on competency-based learning, and helping students develop empathy and resolving conflicts.

Source:  Emelina Minero, Edutopia. July 18, 2017

Categories:  Student Voice, Student Engagement, Classroom Practice, Empathy, School Culture/Climate

17

Jul

Depressed-1

America Sees Alarming Spike in Middle School Suicide Rate

Summary:  This article comments on the rise of teen suicide across America and in New Jersey where particular efforts have been undertaken to reduce bullying and improve school culture and climate.  Despite these efforts, the suicide rate in New Jersey has continued to rise.  Middle schoolers seem to be at particular risk.

Source:  James M. O’Neill, Staff Writer, The Record, July 16, 2017

Categories:  Anti-bullying, School Culture/Climate, Mental Health, Student Engagement

13

Jul

Teachers, Principals Say Student Input Can Improve School Climate

Summary:  This article summarizes the importance of involving students in building or improving a positive school culture and climate.  Engaging students, parents, and community through effective communication means is a way to build a school or district’s “brand.”

Source:  Pat Donachie, Education DIVE, July 13, 2017

Categories:  School Culture/Climate, Student Engagement, Student Voice