Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

SEL101 Course Resources



What if the Secret to Success Is Failure?

Summary:  This New York Times article by Paul Tough makes comparisons between the Riverdale Country School, an elite private school in New York and the KIPP Schools in New York.  The result of this comparison is the importance of “Performance Character” or “Grit” as a catalyst for success in these two different educational environments.  This article also captures the work of Angela Duckworth at the University of Pennsylvania.

Source:  Paul Tough, New York Times, September 14, 2011

Categories:  Student Achievement, Performance Values, Grit, SEL101 Resources



Skills for Navigating Life’s Challenges

Summary:  Young people need to develop a wide array of skills to navigate everyday challenges. These include challenges along the path to high school graduation, college success, career satisfaction, engaged citizenship, and life in general. These skills go beyond the academic material taught in schools. They include skills related to managing one’s own emotions and behaviors, developing healthy relationships, and making good decisions. The concept of “social and emotional learning,” or SEL, includes many of these non-academic skills that young people need to succeed.

Source: Elizabeth  Hagen,  M.A., University of Minnesota Extension, November 2013

Categories: SEL Basics, Emotional Intelligence, SEL101 Course Resources



Comparing Frameworks

Summary: This brief reviews frameworks about 21st Century Competencies, Noncognitive Factors, and two frameworks specifically for Social and Emotional Learning Competencies. Each framework and supporting report contributes unique and helpful ways of thinking about what skills are important, how they contribute to positive outcomes and how they can best be taught to young people.

Source:  Elizabeth Hagen, M.A., University of Minnesota Extension, November 2013

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL101 Course Resources



Resources for Measuring Social and Emotional Learning

Summary:  While most assessments given to young people still focus exclusively on academic achievement, social and emotional learning (SEL) skills have been shown to have profound impacts on future success, including academic achievement, career success, and mental health. To ensure that young people are developing these important skills, reliable and valid assessment tools are necessary to measure and monitor the success of SEL programs over time. This issue brief provides an overview of recent report and compendiums of different dimensions and ways to measure social and emotional learning.

Source: Elizabeth Hagen, M.A., University of Minnesota Extension

Categories: SEL Basics, SEL Assessment, SEL 101 Course Resources



Ways of Being: A Model for Social & Emotional Learning

Summary: At the heart of social and emotional learning there is always a learner — a young person who is figuring out how to live life in a complex world. Young people in the 21st century must learn to balance and navigate multiple social dynamics, societal demands, and a myriad of choices about their futures (Larson & Tran, 2014).  This article describes  the “Ways of Being” – a model for social and emotional learning.

Source:  Dale Blyth, Brandi Olson & Kate Walker, University of Minnesota Extension, January 2015

Categories: SEL Basics, SEL101 Course Resources



Intentional Practices to Support Social & Emotional Learning

Summary: The 2013-2016 cycle of the Minnesota 4-H Foundation’s Howland Family Endowment for Youth Leadership Development is dedicated to understanding social and emotional learning and its contribution to closing the achievement and opportunity gaps. This series of issue briefs, funded in part by Youthprise, is designed to help people understand, connect and champion social and emotional learning in a variety of settings and from a variety of perspectives.

Source:  Dale Blyth, Brandi Olson & Kate Walker, University of Minnesota Extension, February 2015

Categories: SEL Basics, SEL101 Course Resource



Emotional Intelligence and Academic Achievement

Summary:  This is a video of Dr. Maurice Elias presenting information on Emotional Intelligence and Academic Achievement for the the Montgomery Township Public Schools.

Source:  Dr. Maurice Elias, presentation for the Montgomery Township Public Schools, 1/30/14

Categories:  Emotional Intelligence, Student Achievement, SEL Basics



Performance Values

Summary: CEP’s view of character recognizes two aspects: core ethical values and performance values. These two aspects of character are mutually supportive.

Source:  Character Education Partnership (CEP)

Categories:  Performance Values, SEL 101 Course Resource