About Meaghan Dunham

Meaghan is the Marketing Coordinator for Aperture Education, LLC. With over 8 years experience in public and private school settings, Meaghan brings a unique perspective to the Aperture team.
21 06, 2018

4 SEL Funding Opportunities in the 2018 Federal Education Budget

By | 2018-06-28T17:36:03+00:00 June 21st, 2018|Helpful Ideas, Legislative, SEL|0 Comments

Earlier this spring, Congress passed the Federal Education Budget to fund schools for the remainder of this fiscal year (through September 30, 2018). Surprisingly, many federal education programs received funding increases. This is good news for social and emotional learning (SEL), since more money has opened up to support SEL initiatives. As you plan for [...]

14 06, 2018

7 Videos to Help Educators Practice Mindfulness and De-Stress

By | 2018-06-15T14:56:10+00:00 June 14th, 2018|Helpful Ideas, Research, SEL|0 Comments

We’ve all had that moment: A student is being particularly challenging or stress from the job is reaching a boiling point. For many, the natural reaction is to get angry and want to scream and shout. Education can be an extremely stressful and challenging field to work in. This, coupled with low pay, harsh scrutiny, [...]

7 06, 2018

6 Ways to Connect In-School and Out-of-School Instruction with SEL

By | 2018-06-05T18:25:10+00:00 June 7th, 2018|Helpful Ideas, SEL|0 Comments

Schools have the monumental task of educating youth, and they can’t go at it alone. Out-of-school partners, such as afterschool programs, are an important resource for schools. Yet, school and afterschool programs often lack cohesion and tend to be treated as separate entities. This results in missed opportunities to connect and reinforce lessons learned during [...]

31 05, 2018

[Infographic] 6 Tips for Leading Highly Effective SEL Professional Development

By | 2018-06-15T13:31:04+00:00 May 31st, 2018|Helpful Ideas, SEL|0 Comments

Effective professional development doesn’t start and end on training day. There is a lot of planning and preparation that takes place beforehand. And afterwards, staff need coaching and ongoing support. Follow these steps to ensure your social and emotional (SEL) training is engaging, inspiring, and effective at preparing your staff for sustainable success. Want to [...]

17 05, 2018

[Infographic] Achieve SEL Success with 6 Critical Steps to Implementation

By | 2018-05-16T17:44:46+00:00 May 17th, 2018|Helpful Ideas, SEL|0 Comments

A recent survey conducted by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) revealed that school leaders understand the importance of social and emotional learning (SEL) and why it’s fundamental to students’ success. Yet, it also revealed that many educators need more guidance on how to implement a successful SEL program. Below, we’ve outlined [...]

10 05, 2018

4 Tips for Reducing Test Anxiety in Middle School Students

By | 2018-05-10T15:19:41+00:00 May 10th, 2018|Helpful Ideas, SEL|0 Comments

For better or worse, tests — and the anxiety that comes along with them — are a normal part of our education system. Exams give students the opportunity to demonstrate concept mastery, knowledge, memorization skills, and more. Among their less obvious benefits, tests also provide important opportunities for students to practice healthy ways to manage [...]

3 05, 2018

Promoting Equity Through PBIS and SEL

By | 2018-05-02T19:06:33+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|Helpful Ideas, SEL|0 Comments

Research shows that students of color (especially African-American students) receive significantly higher rates of disciplinary action: more office referrals, more suspensions, and more expulsions. Disciplinary action can have lasting effects on students and may impact their future education, employment, and income. As educators, it is important to implement equitable practices in our schools and communities [...]

19 04, 2018

12 Social and Emotional Learning Activities

By | 2018-05-03T13:10:39+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Fun, Helpful Ideas, SEL|0 Comments

12 Social and Emotional Learning Activities From reading to arithmetic, social and emotional learning (SEL) can be woven into nearly any subject. There are many ways to reinforce SEL concepts right alongside core academic instruction in classrooms or afterschool programs. Here are 12 activity and lesson ideas — organized by core subject area — to [...]