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Positive School Climates May Help Narrow Achievement Gaps, Analysis Finds

Summary:  This article reports on the results of an analysis of 76 school climate research studies which found that there was a strong correlation between positive school climate and student achievement.  The results also suggest that school with positive climates have narrower achievement gaps.

Source:  Evie Blad, Education Week, November 1, 2016

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




School Climate Is Key to Teacher Retention, Student Achievement

Summary:  This article explores the results of a study conducted in middle schools in NYC which showed the importance of school culture in supporting both student achievement and teacher retention.  A culture of continuous improvement supports the idea of the growth mindset for both teachers and students.

Source:  Gillian Kiley,, October 26, 2016

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



Social and Emotional Learning Explained: How SEL Helps Students in College, Career, and Life

Summary:  Social and emotional learning (SEL) develops people’s ability to make successful life choices, to achieve academically, and to be college and career ready. In this video, Nick Yoder, AIR senior technical assistance consultant, explains how SEL can help students and what research says about its effectiveness.

Source:  Nick Yoder, American Institute for Research, October 24, 2016

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



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New Effort to Promote Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

Summary:  This article reports on a new initiative to promote a new vision of student achievement and success which includes social-emotional learning as a key component.  The commission will be co-chaired by three familiar names to those active in the social-emotional learning field: Linda Darling-Hammond, a Stanford University professor and the president and CEO of the Learning Policy Institute; John Engler, the president of the Business Roundtable and a former three-term governor of Michigan; and Timothy Shriver, the co-founder and chairman of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, or CASEL, and chairman of the Special Olympics.

Source:  Evie Blad, Education Week, October 4, 2016

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



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Where Mindfulness Education Fits in Schools

Summary:  This article reports on work done in Illinois, the first state to require social-emotional learning in all of its schools, to look more carefully at the impact of mindfulness on primary grade students in 16 schools in Chicago.  This will be a two-year study, so results will not be available until 2018.

Source: Tara Garcia Matthewson, Education DIVE, August 31, 2016

Categories: Mindfulness, SEL Basics, SEL Research




States to Partner on Social-Emotional Learning Standards

Summary:  This article reports on the states who have been selected to partner with CASEL in the development of Social Emotional Learning Standards.  The participating states are California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Washington.

Source:  Evie Blad, Education Week, August 23, 2016

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research, SEL Standards



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A Growth Mindset May Counteract Effects of Poverty on Achievement, Study Says

Summary:  Having a growth mindset may help buffer students from low-income families from the effects of poverty on academic achievement, researchers found in a large-scale, first-of-its kind study of 168,000 10th-grade students in Chile. But poor students studied by researchers were also less likely to have a growth mindset than their higher income peers, researchers found.

Source: Evie Blad, Education Week July 18, 2016

Categories:  Mindset, Educational Equity, Student Achievement, SEL Research



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Study: Teacher Stress Reduction Leads to Instructional Improvement

Summary: This article reports on a study based on “a classroom model theory positing that teachers’ well-being promotes better teacher-student relationships, effective classroom management skills, and effective social-emotional learning.”  The study found that teachers who participated in a mindfulness-based professional development program “were more emotionally supportive and demonstrated greater sensitivity to students than those in the control group.”

Source: Elisha McNeil, Education Week, May 4, 2016

Categories: SEL Basics, SEL Research, Classroom Practice, Mindfulness



New Vision for Education: Fostering Social and Emotional Learning Through Technology

Summary:  This article provides a link to a research report from the World Economic Forum exploring how social-emotional learning can be supported by technology.  The report covers the importance of social-emotional skills in the workforce, the potential role of technology in advancing these skills, challenges to be overcome, and interviews with important stakeholders to determine the role that they might play in successful policy change.

Source:  World Economic Forum, March 10. 2016

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research, Technology



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Angela Duckworth: To Grow Students’ Grit, Balance Challenges With Support

Summary: Angela Duckworth, the University of Pennsylvania psychology professor and 2013 MacArthur “genius” grant winner, released a new book on Monday that explores and explains her research on grit, which she defines as the ability to develop and sustain passion and commitment to achieving long-term goals.

Source: Evie Blad, Education Week, May 2, 2016

Categories: Grit, Performance Values, SEL Research