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Social Emotional Learning

How to Raise an Optimistic Human in a Pessimistic World

If you’re raising kids today, it can be easy to focus on the negative. And it’s no wonder. Due to the 24-hour news cycle, social media and cellphone notifications — and even sources you wouldn’t expect, such as Instagram and YouTube — kids are immersed in doom and gloom.

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Books to Help Kids and Teens Deal with Challenges [web resource]

Magination Press was created out of a desire to publish innovative books that would help children deal with the many challenges and problems they face as they grow up.

Written for ages 4 through 18, these books deal with topics ranging from the everyday — starting school, shyness, normal fears, and a new baby in the house — to more serious problems, such as divorce, attention deficit disorder, depression, serious injury or illness, autism, trauma, death, and much more. Read more ›

Stop Trying to Raise Successful Kids and Start Raising Kind Ones

As anyone who has been called out for hypocrisy by a small child knows, kids are exquisitely attuned to gaps between what grown-ups say and what grown-ups do. If you survey American parents about what they want for their kids, more than 90 percent say one of their top priorities is that their children be caring. Read more ›

Fact Sheets About the Unique Needs of Children Who Have Been Adopted [downloadable]

The National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation (QIC-AG) has developed two fact sheets about adoption tailored for teachers and pediatric healthcare providers. The fact sheets are designed to raise awareness about the unique needs of children who have been adopted, and to provide concrete tips on how these professionals can effectively work with these children. Read more ›

What Are the Best Ways to Prevent Bullying in Schools?

Bullying occurs everywhere, even in the highest-performing schools, and it is hurtful to everyone involved, from the targets of bullying to the witnesses—and even to bullies themselves.  What are the best practices for preventing bullying in schools? That’s a question explores with her colleague Marc Brackett from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence in a recent paper that reviewed dozens of studies of real-world bullying prevention efforts. Read more ›

How Music Therapy Can Help Anxious Children

One effective method of providing support for anxiety in children is music therapy, where music becomes the main tool the therapist uses to connect and work with the patient. This kind of therapy has been shown to be effective when treating children and young people living with anxiety based disorders. Read more ›

Kids’ Quests Help Kids Learn About Disabilities and Health [web resource]

Kids’ Quest is a website that was created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to get kids to think about people with disabilities and some of the issues related to daily activities, health, and accessibility. Read more ›

Screening Kindergarten Readiness

Starting kindergarten can be a challenging time for children as many are leaving home and learning to interact with others for the first time. As such, it is important for kindergartners to receive proper support from their teachers. Read more ›

5 Benefits of SEL in Classrooms

Social-emotional learning (SEL) has become a large part of the discussion around what belongs in classrooms, mainly because putting SEL in classrooms opens up a door to new opportunities for students to learn how to support themselves and others. Read more ›

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