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Psychologist: College students can help us improve children’s mental health care | Opinion

Summary: In this op-ed article, Dr. Elias suggests an interim measure to help schools improve the mental health of students in need of counseling. Using college students as mentors is an appealing opportunity that would benefit both the student mentors and the mentees. An example from Rutgers University shows how this could be implemented. Source: …

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Service-Learning Can Be the Bridge to Social Emotional Learning. Educators Should Embrace It.

Summary: This article explores the connection between SEL and service learning opportunities. The author, a history teacher, provides several examples of student-led service learning projects that have led to successful learning experiences while benefiting the school and the community at large. The author also supplies some definitions of service learning and examines some pitfalls as …

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Parents, teachers say SEL is valued and needed in schools

Summary: This article reports on two surveys that asked parents and teachers about the need for social-emotional learning (SEL) in their schools. The overwhelming results showed that students do better in school when SEL is integrated in the classroom. The second survey found that the majority of parents value SEL regardless of their political leanings. …

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Top 6 Strategies: How to Engage Families in Social and Emotional Learning

Summary: This is a white paper from CASEL that provides strategies that schools can use to involve parents in social and emotional learning and skill building for their children. The six strategies deal primarily with parent engagement Source: CASEL, Summer 2022 Description: “Parents and caregivers are children’s first teachers, and can offer valuable insights about …

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Encouraging High School Students to Think Deeply, Alone and Together

Summary: This article describes a strategy which can be used to encourage students to think deeply and learn to share their thoughts with others in the classroom. The author guides her students to think deeply first in conversation with her, then with a peer and a larger group. She gives examples of how this can …

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5 Ways to Encourage Students to Develop Intellectual Humility

Summary: This article points out the importance of helping students develop their ability to evaluate material they read and accept the fact that their view could be wrong. This skill can be called “Intellectual Humility” and falls in the realm of social, emotional, and character development. The article suggests five strategies that can be used …

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How to Talk to Your Child About Texas School Shooting—Psychologists Advise

Summary:  In this article from Newsweek, Maurice Elias and Linda Reddy offer suggestions as to how parents can help their children cope with the idea of school shootings in the wake of what happened in Uvalde, Texas.  The advice is tailored to parents of both young and older children. Source:  Gerrard Kaonga, Newsweek, May 27. …

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Is SEL really getting a bad name? Here’s what parents and teachers say…

Summary: This article reports on an analysis of a study done for the Committee for Children which looks at parent and teacher attitudes toward the teaching of social-emotional learning in schools. The end result is that parents and teachers value the teaching of these skills even in states where SEL is under attack. Despite these …

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