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Kindergartners’ Social Skills Found to Predict Adult Success

Summary: Young children who share easily, resolve problems on their own, and cooperate with their peers are less likely to drop out of school, commit crimes, or need government assistance, says a new report previewed online in the American Journal of Public Health.

Source:  Christina A. Samuels, Ed Week, August 5, 2015

Categories: SEL Research, SEL Basics



Using Brain Science to Boost Social and Emotional Skills

Summary: This issue brief from the University of Minnesota Extension Series explores the relevance of brain science to social and emotional learning, with a particular emphasis on how youth workers can apply this learning to youth development programs

Source: Susan Beaulieu and Kathyrn Sharpe, University of Minnesota Youth Development Issue Brief, July 2015

Category: SEL Basics, SEL Research, Brain-Based Learning



Social-Emotional Skills on the Rise

Summary: This article provides an overview of a comprehensive study done by Education Week which asked over 700 educators including teachers and administrators about the importance of social-emotional learning in their schools.  The study which can be accessed below, found an increase in the perception of the importance of social-emotional skills in the areas of school discipline and school climate.

Source: Kate Schimel, July 17, 2015, Education DIVE

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



Louis Cozolino – The Brain is a Social Organ

Summary:  Dr. Louis Cozolino, a psychologist and neuroscientist at Pepperdine University talks about the brain as a social organ and that it evolved to connect with other brains.

Source:  Dr. Louis Cozzolino, Inspire Ideas, Capella University, May 27, 2011

Categories: SEL Research, Brain-Based Learning



Survey: Student Success Calls for More Than Academic Skills

Summary:  This article reports on a survey done by the Ed Week Research Center which asked teachers and administrators about the effects of social-emotional learning on student success in school.  The results found some differences in the opinions of teachers and administrators in terms of SEL and School Climate.

Source:  Evie Blad, Education Week, June 10, 2015

Categories:  Student Achievement, SEL Basics, SEL Research



School Climate and Pro-social Educational Improvement: Essential Goals and Processes that Support Student Success for All

Summary: There is growing federal and state support for school climate improvement and pro-social education. The National School Climate Council has developed a consensus statement about the foundational importance of intentional pro-social instruction and school climate improvement efforts. In addition, this consensus statement outlines a core set of research-based systemic, instructional and relational goals as well as processes that underscore, characterize and shape both effective school climate improvement and pro-social instructional efforts. Research, policy, practice and teacher education implications are outlined.

Source:  National School Climate Council, May 5, 2015, in Teachers College Record

Categories: School Culture and Climate, SEL Research



Social-Emotional Learning Review Aims to Help Secondary Schools Select Programs

Summary: This article talks about the release of CASEL’s “2015 CASEL Guide: Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs—Middle and High School Edition” which lists programs appropriate for middle schools and high schools interested in advancing social-emotional learning in their schools.  The guide suggests nine programs which made its “SELect List,” their highest designation for recommended programs.

Source:  Evie Blad, Education Week, June 3, 2015

Categories: SEL Basics, SEL Research



Teach Life Skills and Change Our World

Summary: Teach Life Skills and Change Our World is a panel discussion moderated by ABC News’ Nightline Co-Anchor Byron Pitts on how life skills education can dramatically improve the lives of all young people.

Source:  Panel Discussion moderated by Byron Pitts, ABC News’ Nightline Co-Anchor, April 14, 2015

Categories: SEL Basics, SEL Research, Life Skills



New Handbook of Social and Emotional Learning

Summary: The field of social and emotional learning (SEL) is no longer just an idea or a distant goal, and it is no longer the work of a handful of dedicated idealists. This monumental new volume, Handbook of Social Emotional Learning: Research and Practice, from Guilford Press demonstrates beyond a doubt that SEL is a major new movement with the potential to transform American education.

Source: Edited by Joseph A. Durlak, Celene E. Domitrovich, Roger P. Weissberg, and Thomas P. Gullotta, Guilford Press, 2015

Categories: SEL Basics, SEL Research



Fostering Social & Emotional Skills for Well-Being

Summary: The article, “Fostering Social & Emotional Skills for Well-Being and Social Progress” looks at research, policy, and practice connected with fostering social and emotional skills for lifelong success.  The authors [1] look at the skills that help to drive children’s future outcomes, [2] describe how policy-makers, schools and families acknowledge the importance of fostering social and emotional skills development and the gap with the available teaching practices, [3] present an approach to the study of social and emotional skills and the underlying conceptual framework, and [4]  highlight future work in this area.

Source: Koji Miyamoto, Maria C. Huerta & Katarzyna Kubacka, European Journal of Education, 2015

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research