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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



Social-emotional learning enhances special ed and beyond

Summary:  Social-emotional learning programs improve the grades and behavior of all learners—but special ed students may benefit even more from lessons on mindfulness, self-regulation and cooperation, experts say.

Source:  Alice DeNisco, District Administration, 12/2015

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research



Social Emotional Learning – An Ed Week Webinar

Summary:  Ed Week sponsored a webinar on September 2, 2015 called “Social Emotional Learning: Systemic Innovation for Improved Outcomes” which featured work done in the Austin, Texas Public Schools.  The webinar was moderated by Joan Duffell and data was presented by Roger Weissberg of CASEL as well as Paul Cruz and Sherrie Raven of the Austin Public Schools showing the positive effects of SEL on various metrics of student success.  Below you will find a link to be able to watch the webcast and another to download the slides from the webinar.

Source:  Ed Week Webinars, September 2, 2015, Sponsored by Second Step

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research



KJEP Journal of Educational Policy – Special Edition on SECD

Summary:  This KJEP Journal of Educational Policy addresses “Promoting Students’ Social Emotional and Character Development and Preventing Bullying.”  Dr. Maurice Elias was a special guest editor for this special issue of the journal. The journal contains articles by various experts from the US and around the world about various topics associated with SECD and Character Education.

Source:  KJEP Journal, Korean Educational Development Institute, 2013 Special Issue

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research, Character Education



The Arts find a role in 21st century education

Summary:  This article reviews some research that indicates that the arts help to build skills such as empathy, tolerance, observation, and critical thinking skills. Ironically, this news occurs in a time when many districts are cutting back on arts education.

Source:  Kate Schimel, Education DIVE, August 6, 2015

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research