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9 08, 2018

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

By |2019-01-28T19:33:16+00:00August 9th, 2018|SEL Lessons/Activities|Comments Off on 5 SEL Activities to Help Students Overcome Back-to-School Anxiety

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 |2019-01-28T19:33:40+00:00July 26th, 2018|Research|Comments Off on The ROI of SEL Just Might Surprise You

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 |2019-01-28T19:33:49+00:00July 12th, 2018|SEL Integration|Comments Off on Building Self-Esteem and Cultural Awareness Through Music

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 [...]

28 06, 2018

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

By |2019-01-28T19:34:56+00:00June 28th, 2018|Infographics, MTSS/PBIS, Research|Comments Off on [Infographic] Meet the Needs of All Students with SEL and MTSS

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 [...]

21 06, 2018

4 SEL Funding Opportunities in the 2018 Federal Education Budget

By |2019-01-28T19:36:06+00:00June 21st, 2018|ESSA, Funding, Legislative|Comments Off on 4 SEL Funding Opportunities in the 2018 Federal Education Budget

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 |2020-03-19T14:38:30+00:00June 14th, 2018|Adult SEL|Comments Off on 7 Videos to Help Educators Practice Mindfulness and De-Stress

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 |2019-01-28T19:36:37+00:00June 7th, 2018|Out-of-School Time, SEL Integration|Comments Off on 6 Ways to Connect In-School and Out-of-School Instruction with SEL

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 [...]

17 05, 2018

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

By |2019-01-28T19:37:39+00:00May 17th, 2018|Infographics, Program Implementation|Comments Off on [Infographic] Achieve SEL Success with 6 Critical Steps to Implementation

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 [...]