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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



Emotions Help Steer Students’ Learning, Studies Find

Summary: In a new book, Emotions, Learning, and the Brain, Immordino-Yang and her colleagues at USC’s Brain Creativity Institute found that as students learn new rules during a task, such as the most efficient way to answer a math problem or the best deck to choose in a card game, they show emotional and physical responses long before they became consciously aware of the rules or are able to articulate them.

Source: Sarah D. Sparks, Education Week, April 27, 2016

Categories: SEL Research, Brain-Based Learning



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Students Help Design Measures of Social-Emotional Skills

Summary: This article focuses on efforts made in the Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada to use social-emotional skills to tackle student engagement and academic success.  They are looking at engaging students in the process of assessing the effects of their efforts in the five CASEL domains of social-emotional learning.

Source: Evie Blad, Education Week, April 13, 2016

Categories: SEL Basics, SEL Research, Assessment Tools



School Climate: Ed. Dept. Provides Free Surveys, Resources to Schools

Summary: The U.S. Department of Education released a free, web-based survey Thursday that schools can use to track the effectiveness of school climate efforts and resources on how to best improve learning environments for students.

Source: Evie Blad, Education Week, March 31,  2016

Categories: School Culture and Climate.  SEL Research, SEL Assessment



How to Implement Social and Emotional Learning at Your School

Summary: This article is adapted from the Handbook of Social and Emotional Learning published by Guilford Press and suggests seven interrelated activities which can be used to help a school begin implementation of social-emotional learning.  These activities do not have to be carried out in order and the authors suggest that a variety of factors at the school will determine both the timing and sequencing the activities.

Source: Maurice Elias, Larry Leverett, Joan Cole Duffell, Neil Humphrey, Cesalie Stepney, and Joseph Ferrito, Edutopia, March 24, 2016

Categories: SEL Basics, SEL Research




‘Social-Emotional Learning’ a Ripe Market for Ed Tech, Report Contends

Summary:  Ed tech can help students develop critical social and emotional skills and character traits, but the market for such tools is currently underdeveloped, according to a new report from the World Economic Forum and the Boston Consulting Group.

Source:  Benjamin Herold, Education Week, March 11, 2016

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research, Technology



Why Social and Emotional Learning Is Essential for Students

Summary:  This article is co-authored by Joseph A. Durlak, Celene E. Domitrovich, and Thomas P. Gullotta, and adapted from Handbook of Social and Emotional Learning, now available from Guilford Press.

Source:  Roger Weissberg, Edutopia, February 15, 2016

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research