Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

School Culture / Climate



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



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



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



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



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



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




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



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




Worth a Disruption: Prioritizing Education from South Korea to New Jersey

Summary:  This article talks about the importance of prioritizing education in communities across the world.  Examples from South Korea and Montclair, NJ are used to underscore this importance.

Source:  John T. McCrann, Education Week, July 5, 2017

Categories:  School Culture/Climate, Community Engagement



Social-Emotional Intelligence Is Missing From School. Here’s Why That Matters.

Summary:  In this article, the author who teaches college readiness at a charter school in Brooklyn, NY, advocates for the inclusion of social-emotional learning for his students as they are necessary for future success in school and in life.

Source:  Frederick Scott Saylors, Education Week, June 28, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, Classroom Practice, Positive Relationships, School Culture/Climate