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Social Emotional Learning

A School Where Character Matters as Much as Academics

Spurred by brain research that has shown a strong connection between the social and emotional skills of students and their cognitive development, more schools across the country are emphasizing “soft skills” such as communication, collaboration, self-awareness and problem-solving as part of a trend known as social and emotional learning, or SEL. Read more ›

Helping Students Develop Self-Regulation

Self-regulation is a skill that takes a long time to learn and may take a lifetime, in truth, to really master. We can get better at it with practice, and our students’ social, emotional, and character development requires that we provide routine opportunities in classrooms and schools for them to work on this skill. Read more ›

Free Back-to-School Mindfulness Toolkit [downloadable]

As educators and parents, the beginning of the school year can be a stressful time, full with planning, planning, planning … doing, doing, doing. What if there were a toolkit that could help us ease back into the classroom with confidence and a sense of calm? There is! Read more ›

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Vroom: Brain-Building Activities [web resource]

vroom 598Simple interactions between you and your children help build children’s brains foundation for all future learning. Vroom is a set of tools and resources designed to inspire families to turn everyday moments into “brain building moments” by layering activities that are essential to healthy brain development onto existing routines. Read more ›

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All About Young Children [web resource]

logo_All About Young Children 596Find out about what skills help children learn, how they learn language, how they learn about feelings and relationships, how they learn about numbers, and how they become skillful at moving their bodies on  All About Young Children, a resource for parents and caregivers provided by the California Department of Education. Read more ›

Stop Bullying: Speak Up [downloadable] [video]

stopbullyingspeakuplogo584Launched in 209 by Cartoon Network, the Stop Bullying: Speak Up campaign,  encourages the bystander to ‘speak up’ when they see bullying by getting an adult. Read more ›

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Report: Are Students’ Assessments of Their Own Interpersonal Skills Reliable? [downloadable]

SEL study 578Researchers who examined data from five large California school districts have concluded that measures of students’ personal strengths and interpersonal skills are not reliable enough at this point to include in states’ and districts’ school accountability systems. Read more ›

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Concrete Ways To Help Students Self-Regulate And Prioritize Work [video]

SEL selfregulation 570There are a lot of skills necessary to succeed in school that aren’t directly about mastering content, including the ability to recognize, name and control ones emotions. The school day often comes with lots of emotion, everything from elation to frustration, which makes it the perfect place to practice self-regulation. Read more ›

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Educator Resource: Share My Lesson [web resource]

SML ShareMyLesson 562 Share My Lesson is committed to providing the education community free, high-quality, effective lesson plans—many of which are aligned to standards—and professional development resources. Read more ›

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Helping Preschoolers Build Self-Regulation Skills That Are the Foundation of Success [video]

preschoolchild558Preschool is an important time for children to build pro-social behaviors and learn to get along with other kids in a school setting. Recently, there has been more emphasis on academic preparation in preschool, but just as important, are the social and emotional skills kids will need to succeed when they move into kindergarten. Read more ›

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