Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

Classroom Practice



Connecting SEL to Academic Outcomes

Summary:  This article makes the connection between social emotional skills and four subject areas – visual and performing arts, social studies, health, and English language arts – and suggests that teaching these skills can be authentically done within the context of the subject matter.  These same ideas can be implemented in other subject areas as well.

Source:  Maurice Elias, Edutopia, December 7, 2020



4 Questions Every School Leadership Team Must Ask

Summary:  This article focuses on the work of school leadership teams and the necessity for these teams to focus on the act of teaching and learning.  The author poses four questions which stimulate discussion in team meetings as to how to make student learning authentic.

Source:  Peter DeWitt, Education Week, November 22, 2020



6 Exercises to Get to Know Your Students Better—and Increase Their Engagement

Summary:  This article underscores the importance of knowing more about your students even when faced with distance learning during the pandemic.  Strategies and classroom practices are shared from around the country including a very successful “Laws of Life” project which gave students the opportunity to tell their story through writing, music, art, and other forms of expression.  Similar examples are also shared.

Source: Nora Fleming, Edutopia, November 12, 2020



Lady Liberty

SEL and Media Literacy Resources for Election Season

Summary: The Panorama Education team has put together a list of informational resources, articles, and guides to provide support in fostering a civil classroom environment, whether in-person or virtually. There are lists for districts, school leaders, and teachers as well as for families and caregivers.

Source:  The Panorama Education Staff, Panorama Education, October.November 2020



Educators Are Using Edtech to Facilitate SEL. Here’s How They Gauge Student Success.

Summary:  This article addresses how tech tools can be used to promote SEL and how to determine which goals those tech tools can address.  The article shares results of a teacher poll and also provides some examples where teachers from around the country share best practices.

Source:  Rachel Burstein, EdSurge, October 22, 2020



The Secret to Improving Students’ Social-Emotional Skills? Start With the Adults

Summary:  This article points about the importance of making sure that the adults in a school are attending to their own mental health and social-emotional competencies so that they are better able to teach and model these skills for their students.  The article presents results from a report from the RAND Corporation and the Wallace Foundation supporting the need for sustained professional development for teachers in SEL.

Source:  Arianna Prothero, Education Week, October 23, 2o20



4 Powerful Ways to Engage Students This School Year

Summary:  This article focuses on the teacher as the main resource in building student engagement.  The authors suggest ways to build student engagement amid the pandemic crisis.  These include: be funny smile and laugh; create experiences, not activities; be visibly invisible (it’s about them); and treat every lesson as if you only get one chance.

Source:  Dr. Nathan lang Raad and Herbie Raad, Education Week, October 11, 2020



In Preschools, Sharing and Playtime Look Different Now

Summary:  The COVID-19 Pandemic has caused schools to reimagine some of the most important practices in order to maintain student health and social-distancing.  This article addresses how pre-schools can get creative to provide students with opportunities for playtime and sharing.

Source:  Chelsea Sheasley, Edutopia, September 4, 2020



How to Thwart ‘Zoombombing’ in the Remote Classroom: 10 Tips

Summary: This article suggests ways to prevent “Zoombombing” in virtual learning situations.  This has been a problem in some districts where the links to a Zoom virtual classroom have been shared or otherwise been made public.  There are safeguards that can be put in place to protect the security of the Zoom classroom and these should be used in virtual learning.

Source:  Allison Klein, Education Week, September 22, 2020



How to Create Community in a Virtual Classroom

Summary:  This article provides some suggestions as to how to build community while learning remotely.  Some of the same activities that would be used in face-to-face learning can also be adapted to online learning.  Some examples include using cyber icebreakers, creating classroom rules and procedures, creating class traditions, doing collaborative projects, and  maintaining individual relationships.

Source:  Susan Yergler, Edutopia, August 17, 2020