Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

School Culture / Climate

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

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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

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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

11

Jul

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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

11

Jul

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

29

Jun

Students’ Sense of Belonging at School Is Important. It Starts With Teachers

Summary:  This article speaks about the importance of establishing a positive relationship between students and teachers and how that contributes to a sense of belonging and connection at school.

Source:  Evie Blad, Education Week, June 20, 2017

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

28

Jun

Social and Emotional Skills are the Foundation for Deeper Learning

Summary: This article provides a reflection from Chris Harried, an incoming graduate student at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education and a Commissioner for the Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development about the importance of SEL Skills in his own development as a prospective teacher.

Source:  Chris Harried, Education Week, June 22, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, School Culture/Climate, Character Education, Mindset