Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

SEL Basics

2

Aug

Getting to Know Students Deeply

Summary: Teachers can improve outcomes and build equity in the classroom by listening closely to their students. This article suggests six ways to do that.

Source:  Shane Safir, Edutopia, August 1, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, Positive Relationships, Educational Equity

1

Aug

Character Day

Participate in “Character Day 2017”

Summary:  Character Day is an annual event that focuses on the importance of character in our society – schools, homes, workplaces. The event is planned for September 13, 2017 and materials are provided to help you celebrate Character Day in your classroom or business. There is a very robust resource hub with supplemental materials about various core values and other aspects of good character.

Source:  Let it Ripple Film Studio (http://www.letitripple.org/character-day/)

Categories: Character Education, Core Values, SEL Basics, Emotional Intelligence

1

Aug

Happy Students

SEL Drive in Schools Is Opportunity for Youth Developers

Summary:  This article talks about the importance of SEL skills in helping students develop a balanced approach to achievement.  It moves away from “No Child Left Behind” and the focus on standardized tests to skills such as self-awareness, social connections, confidence and perseverance.

Source:  Katie Brackenridge, Youth Today, July 12, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research, Student Achievement, Emotional Intelligence

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

Teacher Talking To Students In College Class

Implementing Systematic SEL Practices (CASEL’s Cross District Initiative)

By Karen Niemi, President and CEO, CASEL: Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning

As we have all experienced, the “how-to” of implementation is in high demand.  One of our efforts to respond to this demand, is the sharing of the experience and knowledge gained from districts in the Cross District Initiative (CDI) to bring SEL to many more students.

CASEL just launched a social and emotional learning (SEL) District Resource Center, a vast set of online guidance and practical tools to help districts and schools systemically implement practices that promote SEL. The District Resource Center’s collection of district curated resources may be extremely helpful for any educator, community leader, or policymaker interested in implementing SEL systemically in their schools.

The District Resource Center allows you to:

  1. Take the Priority Setting Questionnaire to help determine areas of focus for systemic SEL implementation.
  2. Explore the District Framework for the 10 essential areas for systemically implementing SEL throughout a district.
  3. Browse the Resource Library for 500+ tools and resources on a variety of implementation topics.

 

Click Here for a copy of the CDI Insights Report from CASEL.

Karen Niemi is President and CEO of CASEL: Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning.  She may be reached at kniemi@casel.org.

26

Jul

Is Social-Emotional Learning a Hoax? Readers Respond

Summary:  This post includes reactions from many readers who took issue with Chester Finn’s commentary calling social-emotional learning a hoax.  Read the reactions from educators and others across the county chiming in on the place of SEL in child development.

Source:  Education Week, July 18, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research, Student Achievement, Positive Relationships, Empathy

26

Jul

Why Are Schools Still Peddling the Self-Esteem Hoax?

Summary:  This commentary found in Education Week, attacks SEL and equates it to the “self0-esteem” movement, ignoring the research that supports the positive aspects of SEL.  This commentary has set off a reaction by researchers who have written to Education Week in defense of the importance of social-emotional development for our students.

Source: Chester Finn, Ed Week Commentary, June 19, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research, Student Achievement, Positive Relationships, Empathy

26

Jul

Social-Emotional-Learning Researchers Gather Input From Educators

Summary:  This article comments on the work the Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development and the involvement of of current and former leaders from the worlds of education, policy, government, and business,  The commission has an ambitious agenda to try to define commonalities in the emerging and overlapping fields of social-emotional learning, deeper learning, mindsets, and student engagement.

Source:  Evie Blad, Education Week, July 18, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research, Student Engagement, Mindset, Student Achievement

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

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