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Social-Emotional Learning: It Starts With Teachers

Summary:  Fostering a sense of calm and joy in the classroom must start with the teacher.  This special report from Education Week explores the social-emotional competencies needed for classroom teachers, and how they can then convey those skills to their students.

Source:  Education Week Special Report, June 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Teacher Training, SEL Research, Mindfulness



Success Clock

Why Emotionally Intelligent People Are More Successful

Summary:  This article summarizes research connecting emotional intelligence (EQ) with success in business.  There are also some ideas about hiring practices which involve an inventory of EQ skills to identify potential candidates.

Source:  Harvey Deutschendorf, Fast Company, June 22, 2015

Categories:  Emotional Intelligence, SEL Basics, SEL Research, Leadership Qualities




Social Emotional Learning: It Starts with Teachers

Summary:  This special report provides access to several articles covering the importance of SEL and how teachers can support social emotional learning in their classrooms.

Source:  Education Week Special Report, June 7, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research, Educational Equity, Mindfulness, Teacher Training



Report Card

Is Your Child Showing Grit? School Report Cards Rate Students’ Soft Skills

Summary:  This article sums up efforts to include SEL skills as an element of school report cards.  This article mentions efforts across the country to focus on these “soft skills” as an important part of student development.  Maurice Elias and Angela Duckworth are extensively quoted in this article.

Source:  Evie Blad, Education Week, June 6, 2017

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




North Carolina District Commits to Social-Emotional Learning and Assessment

Summary:  Buncombe County Schools in Asheville, NC has identified evidence-based strategies and a reliable test of student skills and  has made social-emotional learning a core priority for long-term district improvement.  Their rationale was that closing the achievement gap in social-emotional skills would also close the academic achievement gap.

Source: Tara Garcia Matthewson, Education Dive, April 21, 2017

Categories: SEL Basics, SEL Research, Classroom Practice, Student Achievement



Harvard Ed Soft Skills

There’s Nothing Soft About These Skills

Summary:  This article talks about the importance of social emotional learning and other “soft skills” in helping students manage their emotions and understand relationships providing examples of how this has helped students in a variety of schools.

Source: Jeff Wagenheim, Harvard Ed. Magazine, January 10, 2016

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research, Classroom Practice, Character Education



Teacher and Student

For Every $1 Spent on SEL, There’s An $11 Return

Summary: This article reports on a new research brief from Penn State University and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation which found that money spent on SEL programs brought back a significant return on the dollar.

Source:  Autumn Arnett, Education Dive, April 11, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics. SEL Research, School Culture/Climate, Student Behavior



HS Students

Social Emotional Learning in High School: How Three Urban High Schools Engage, Educate, and Empower Youth

Summary:  This article reports on in-depth case studies of three urban, socioeconomically and racially diverse small public high schools, a student survey, and a comparison of student survey results to a national sample of students, Hamedani et al. investigate the ways in which school-wide social emotional learning can be implemented and how these efforts shape students’ educational experiences. 

Source:  Hamedani et al. SCOPE – Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, April 1, 2015

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research, School Culture and Climate, Student Engagement




Chicago Public Schools Leads On SEL With Collaborative Approach to Implementation

Summary:  This article reports on the Chicago Public Schools’ initiative to support social-emotional in all of their 650 schools.  This is paired with the creation of a set of standards for SEL and a pathway for schools to earn a “Supportive Schools” Certification.

Source:  Tara Garcia Matthewson, Education DIVE, April 6, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research, School Culture and Climate



Student CIrcle

SEL is Important, But Where Does It Fit Best Among Academics?

Summary:  Despite a recognition that social-emotional or “whole child” education is important to student success, questions persist about where it best fits in curricula.

Source:  Roger Riddell, Education DIVE, April 3, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research, Student Achievement