Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

SEL Basics



Helping Students Find Purpose and Appreciation for School

Summary:  In this blog entry, Dr. Elias uses the article “Why We Hate Work” to pose similar thoughts about “Why Students Hate School”.  He uses four ideas from the original article as a starting point for the conversation.  These are Feeling Good. Being Appreciated, Having a Voice, and Having a Purpose.

Source:  Maurice Elias, Edutopia, September 19, 2014

Categories: SEL Basics, Teacher Satisfaction



Seven Leadership Actions that Support Staff Members

Summary:  This article gives examples of how professional learning can be supported through questioning and reflection.

Source:  Stephanie Hirsh, Ed Week Teacher, September 4, 2014

Categories: Teacher Evaluation, SEL basics, Teacher Collaboration



How Teachers Can Make Caring More Common

Summary: Five tangible steps to foster a climate of mutual respect and caring the classroom…

Source: Lory Hough, Usable Knowledge, August 25, 2014

Categories:  Core Values, SEL Basics, School Culture and Climate



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




Social Emotional Learning Core Competencies

Summary:  CASEL has identified five interrelated sets of cognitive, affective and behavioral competencies. They are Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision-Making.

Source:  Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL 101 Course Resource



2013 Caring High School Climate Award Video

Summary: Willow Glen High School is a multiethnic, multilingual, academically and socially diverse school of more than 1,600 students. The staff and students strive to create an inclusive, caring climate that nurtures understanding and respect among all students, so they can achieve academic and personal success.

Source: Project Cornerstone

Categories:  SEL Basics, School Culture and Climate, SEL 101 Course Resource



School Climate Research Summary – January 2010

Summary: Over the past two decades, researchers and educators have increasingly recognized the importance of K-12 school climate. This summary builds on our 2009 school climate research summary (Cohen, McCabe, Michelli, & Pickeral, 2009) and details how school climate is associated with and/or promotes safety, healthy relationships, engaged learning and teaching and school improvement efforts.

Source: Center for Social and Emotional Education, School Climate Brief, Vol. 1, No. 1, January 2010

Categories:  SEL Basics, School Culture and Climate, SEL Research, SEL 101 Course Resource



A Resource and Promising Practices Guide for School Administrators & Faculty

Summary:  Establishing and sustaining a school environment free of harassment, bullying, and discrimination should involve an examination of a school’s climate and culture. School climate and culture have a profound impact on student achievement, behavior, and reflects the school community’s culture.  This article outlines some basic information about school climate and culture and also sets out various dimensions of school culture.

Source:  New York State Education Department

Categories:  SEL Basics, School Climate and Culture, SEL 101 Course Resource



School Culture and Climate defined…

Summary:  The New Jersey School Culture and Climate Coalition adopted some general definitions  which would help to guide discussion about School Culture and Climate.  Some relevant research is also cited which supports the importance of working to improve culture and climate in our schools.

Source:  New Jersey Culture and Climate Coalition

Categories:  SEL Basics, School Culture and Climate



Successful School Guidelines from NJ Culture and Climate Coaliton

Summary:  This set of guidelines is designed to help schools make improvements in school culture and climate.  They are based on the Standards developed by the National School Climate Council and provide actionable steps to guide school improvement.

Source:  New Jersey School Culture and Climate Coalition

Categories:  SEL 101 Course Resource, School Culture and Climate, SEL Basics