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How Education Research Aims to Tackle Racism

Summary:  This article reports on three upcoming studies focusing on the issue of systemic racism in American education.  The three journals will cover different aspects of this issue including outcomes, attitudes, and environments and how students can learn to resist systemic racism. Source:  Matt Zalaznick, District Administration, September 18, 2020 Description:  “A problem as enormous …

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Lessons in Leadership: Principal Prioritizes Equity, Preparing Students for World Beyond West Philadelphia

Summary:  This is an interview with Richard Gordon, a high school principal in West Philadelphia, who has won many accolades for his leadership.  He comments on the importance of community partnerships and involvement in helping schools meet the needs of its students. He goes on to comment on his focus on equity and how it …

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7 Ways to Embed Character Development Virtually

Summary:  This article from Character.org, provides several tips to help develop character while teaching virtually. These tips concern self-care, inspiration, goal setting, problem-based learning, journaling, involving parents and families, and leading peers and colleagues. Source:  Arthur Schwartz, President, Character.org, August 27, 2020 Description:  “As a former teacher, I know how much more difficult it will …

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7 Ways to Maintain Relationships During Your School Closure

Summary:  This article summarizes additional ways that teachers can maintain relationships with their students while schools are closed for the national health crisis.  These strategies range from online instruction, holding morning meetings online, calling on the telephone, and using snail mail and post cards. Source:  Sarah Gonser, Edutopia, March 25, 2020 Description:  “In spite of …

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10 Ways Parents Can Bring Social-Emotional Learning Home

Summary:  This article offers a series of tips that families can follow to help students keep developing their social-emotional learning.  The author who is founder and CEO of Move This World, acknowledges that social-emotional skills need consistent practice just like learning to dribble a basket ball.  Using this social-distancing time as an opportunity to develop and use …

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How to Teach Social-Emotional Learning When Students Aren’t in School

Summary:  This article suggests ways that teachers can use to teach social-emotional learning using a variety of resources.  The sense of connection and maintaining relationships are importance resources that support students as they learn to deal with this national health crisis. Source:  Arianna Prothero, Education Week, March 30, 2020 Description:  “Many educators are already trying out different tactics …

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Video Chats, Phone Calls, Postcards: Teachers Rebuild Connections With Students During Coronavirus Pandemic

Summary:  This article addresses the need for teachers to maintain connections with their students during the distance learning caused by the national Coronavirus crisis.  Educators from around the country make suggestions as to how they connect with their students even though schools are closed. Source:  Sara Schwartz, Education Week, April 3, 2020 Description:  “Teachers and students …

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Here’s Why This Principal Started a School Turnaround with SEL

Summary:  This article talks about how a principal started a turnaround initiative at his school and realized that the academic issues were not the only issues of importance in making improvements in the school.  Building relationships and developing other Social-Emotional skills helped that improvement effort.  The integrations of SEL skills permeated not only the school but also …

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Building School Community Through Physical Activity

Summary:  This article talks about how physical education and recess can build a sense of community in a school while reinforcing SEL skills.  While learning these SEL skills, students also build relationships with each other and with their teacher. Source: Eric Nelson, Edutopia, November 19, 2020 Description:  “Physical education is important not only for an individual …

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Study: SEL Program’s Impact on State Test Scores Mixed

Summary: This article reports on the results of a study done in Pennsylvania to assess the impact of a twelve-week SEL program.  While some of the results showed an increase in scores, those increases were not statistically significant.  The author posits that there wouldl be other benefits from the SEL program that would not be shown on standardized …

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