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13 09, 2018

5 Powerful Ways SEL Can Support the 9th Grade Transition

By | 2018-09-08T03:28:30+00:00 September 13th, 2018|Helpful Ideas, SEL|0 Comments

Freshman year can be an exciting time for students, with a new school, opportunities to make new friends, and increasing independence. But it also can be stressful. Rigorous instruction, less structure, and increasing pressures to succeed can become barriers to students’ ability to keep up. Research tells us that the transition from middle to high [...]

6 09, 2018

6 Bite-Size SEL Activities to Fill Time Between Lessons

By | 2018-08-17T17:07:18+00:00 September 6th, 2018|Fun, Helpful Ideas, SEL|0 Comments

Got five minutes before your next lesson starts? Use it to teach social and emotional learning (SEL)! There are many ways to incorporate SEL into your daily practice — even during those few minutes between lessons. Try out these bite-size SEL activities to make good use of free time and promote students’ social and emotional [...]

23 08, 2018

3 Ways SEL Can Support Trauma-Informed Practices

By | 2018-08-17T16:55:34+00:00 August 23rd, 2018|Helpful Ideas, SEL|0 Comments

Traumatic events — mass shootings, environmental disasters, reports of neglect and abuse — constantly make top news headlines these days. Many students across our nation are affected by trauma every day. This trauma can have deep and lasting impacts on students’ core beliefs about others, their environment, and themselves. Now more than ever, schools must [...]

9 08, 2018

5 SEL Activities to Help Students Overcome Back-to-School Anxiety

By | 2018-06-28T17:43:20+00:00 August 9th, 2018|Helpful Ideas, SEL|0 Comments

Back-to-school can be exciting — and nerve-racking — for students. Will I like my teachers? Will I make new friends? Will I be able to keep up with the course material? Anxiety felt by students can quickly become overwhelming. Social and emotional learning (SEL) can teach students to effectively manage their emotions and reduce insecurities. [...]

26 07, 2018

The ROI of SEL Just Might Surprise You

By | 2018-07-25T19:32:50+00:00 July 26th, 2018|Helpful Ideas, SEL|0 Comments

Schools and out-of-school programs across the nation are prioritizing social and emotional learning (SEL) to build the critical skills students need to succeed in school and beyond. Research shows that effective SEL programming can lead to improved grades, higher attendance rates, and better behavior. But with ever-tightening budgets, district and program leaders often wonder — [...]

12 07, 2018

Building Self-Esteem and Cultural Awareness Through Music

By | 2018-07-09T15:30:45+00:00 July 12th, 2018|Helpful Ideas, SEL|0 Comments

There are many ways music and social emotional learning (SEL) work together. Teaching students about music and performance promotes important social and emotional skills that will stick with them throughout their lives. Students learn to celebrate diversity, practice mastering emotions, and develop leadership skills. In past posts, we’ve touched on how to integrate SEL into [...]

5 07, 2018

[Infographic] Academic Benefits of SEL

By | 2018-07-06T12:41:19+00:00 July 5th, 2018|Helpful Ideas, Research, SEL|0 Comments

Districts and schools across the country recognize the importance of social and emotional learning (SEL). Today’s schools are comprised of a diverse student body from different cultures and ethnicities, and with different learning needs. SEL provides a framework to ensure safe and supportive learning environments for all students. There are academic benefits to SEL, too. [...]

28 06, 2018

[Infographic] Meet the Needs of All Students with SEL and MTSS

By | 2018-06-28T17:37:58+00:00 June 28th, 2018|Helpful Ideas, Research, SEL|0 Comments

Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is all about giving students the supports they need to succeed in school. Many students don’t just need academic support — they also need help developing their social and emotional skills. Learn how to strengthen your MTSS framework by 1) using social and emotional learning (SEL) data to identify students [...]