Helpful Ideas

8 11, 2018

How to Achieve Equity in SEL Assessments

By | 2018-11-02T19:51:26+00:00 November 8th, 2018|Helpful Ideas, Legislative, SEL|0 Comments

Our classrooms are more diverse than ever before, and the ways we teach students are changing. A sweeping effort is being made to deliver a high-quality education to all students regardless of factors like race, ethnicity, income, disability, or learning styles. As we embrace the goal of equity and helping all students achieve, we must [...]

25 10, 2018

3 Reasons You Should Be Teaching SEL in Afterschool Programs

By | 2018-11-01T20:20:38+00:00 October 25th, 2018|Fun, Helpful Ideas, SEL|0 Comments

Afterschool and out-of-school programs are more than a safe place for students to go when their parents are at work. Quality programs can reduce risky behaviors and promote healthy well-being while encouraging students to learn, create and express themselves in a flexible environment that encourages exploration. Because of this flexible environment, afterschool and out-of-school programs [...]

18 10, 2018

Integrating Social-Emotional Learning Isn’t Easy. Here’s How It’s Done

By | 2018-10-12T19:48:27+00:00 October 18th, 2018|Helpful Ideas, SEL|0 Comments

As seen in Education Week "Social-emotional learning has helped me to realize that even though bad things happen to me...to always keep my head up, make good decisions, and take charge for the things that happen in my life." - Oscar Liz, Junior, Urban Assembly School for Collaborative Healthcare Oscar's thoughts represent what we want [...]

11 10, 2018

4 Ways To Teach Digital Citizenship Through SEL

By | 2018-10-09T16:44:28+00:00 October 11th, 2018|Helpful Ideas, SEL|0 Comments

Some say the Internet is like “a world passing notes in a classroom.” But unlike the classroom, what gets posted online is permanent, highly visible, and easily traced back to an author. In today’s digital world, students are constantly making decisions about how to behave online. Teaching them to be responsible digital citizens can ensure [...]

27 09, 2018

The Many Ways SEL Can Enhance Makerspace Learning

By | 2018-09-21T19:10:05+00:00 September 27th, 2018|Helpful Ideas, SEL|0 Comments

Bang! Crash! Whack! Thump! Students across the country are creating, innovating, and experimenting through makerspace learning. Makerspaces teach students important science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) skills in a hands-on, creative, and engaging way. While students are busy testing and tinkering, they are also learning important social and emotional skills. In fact, social and [...]

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 [...]