Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools




Improving Your Parent-Outreach Strategy

Summary:  This article provides suggestions and strategies for communicating with parents.  Most of these communication methods use technology and cellphone apps, classroom blogs, and websites to keep parents in the loop, reduce your workload, and boost student engagement.

Source:  Jeff Knutson, Edutopia, August 23, 2017

Categories:  Parent Engagement, Technology, Positive Relationships, Student Achievement




Cyberbullying Challenges Mental Health in Our Schools

Summary:  This article, by guest writer J.M. Myers, addresses the challenge that cyber-bullying puts on the mental health of a school and its students. Schools must address cyber-bullying even though it usually occurs outside of school.  In many ways, it is much more pernicious  than face-to-face interactions.

Source:  Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers, Education Week, May 24, 2017

Categories:  Anti-Bullying, Mental Health, Codes of Conduct, Technology




How a New Jersey High School Transformed to Stay Relevant for Students

Summary:  This is an article about New Milford High School (NJ) where Principal Eric Sheninger used technology among other methods to respond to student interests and needs.  The result was increased performance in all aspects of achievement.  This article also explains the “Future Ready Schools” Network and its framework for creating an innovative school culture.

Source:  Tara Garcia Mathewson, Education DIVE, November 15, 2016

Categories:  Technology, School Culture/Climate, Student Engagement



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Are Today’s Digital Natives Stunting Their Social Skills?

Summary:  This article reports on a new documentary, “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age,” which explores the impact of how much time today’s students spend looking at their phones or other digital devices, alongside input from doctors, researchers and educators.

Source:  Tara Garcia Mathewson, Education DIVE, November 10. 2016

Categories:  SEL Basics, Technology, School Culture/Climate




Animated Videos Help Teachers Build Sense of Empathy in Students

Summary:  This article reports on the upcoming release of a set of animated videos which are designed to teach empathy.  The Empathy videos star Mojo, a friendly green animated monster, who became something of an internet star earlier this year in a series of online videos called “Growth Mindset.”

Source: Jane Meredith Adams, EdSource, September28, 2016

Categories:  Empathy, Mindset, Core Values, Technology



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True Engagement Not Dependent Upon Tech

Summary:  This article reports on comments from Eric Patnoudes of Ed Tech Magazine that student engagement needs to come before technology and technology should be used to enhance that engagement and their intrinsic desire to learn.

Source: Tara Garcia Mathewson, Education DIVE, July 22, 2016

Categories:  Student Engagement, Mindset, Technology



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Increase Social Connectedness Through Digital Peer Learning

Summary: This is an article sponsored by Canvas LMS touting a digital approach to peer tutoring, reciprocal teaching, and cooperative learning using technology while trying to maintain the feel of face-to-face interactions.

Source:  Canvas, Education DIVE, June 22, 2016

Categories:  SEL Basics, Technology, Student-Centered Learning



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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Play Nice! How to Promote Digital Inclusion and Stop Online Bullies

Summary: This article addresses both the positives and the negatives of the increased use of technology in the classroom.  With the many benefits of using technology comes the challenge of dealing with negative factors such as cyber-bullying.

Source: Marian Oswald, Edudemic, May 18, 2016

Categories: Anti-Bullying, Technology



Communication Culture in K-12 Top Priority to Parents, Admins

Summary: This articles speaks to the importance of a culture of communication with parents based on a new eBook published by Blackboard examining communication in K-12 school systems, looking at trends around effective communication, crisis communication plans, social media usage, and school-to-home communication in support of student success.

Source: Erin McIntyre, Education DIVE, April 8, 2016

Categories: Parent Engagement, Technology, Social Media