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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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Rejecting ‘social emotional learning’ in math books doesn’t add up, puzzled educators say

Summary: This article offers a reaction to the rejection of math textbooks in Florida based on objections about references in the books including those associated with social emotional learning. Maurice Elias and Jordan Posamentier offer their views on the rejection of these texts and offer examples of why this doesn’t make sense. Source: Leslie Postal, …

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How School Leaders Can Respond to Pushback Over Social-Emotional Learning

Summary: This article makes several suggestions as to how school leaders can deal with the pushback that some schools and districts are experiencing over social-emotional learning. Understanding how parents actually feel about the skills that fall under the SEL label is an important part dealing with these issues. Opening lines of communication with parents before …

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What Should Culturally Relevant Teaching Look Like Today? Gloria Ladson-Billings Explains

Summary: This article is an interview with Gloria Ladson-Billings who is a professor-emerita of urban education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work into understanding what effective teaching of Black students should look like spans over three decades of study. In the interview, she responds to questions about culturally responsive teaching and how it has …

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What is Culturally Responsive Teaching?

Summary: This is an informational article about Culturally Responsive Teaching. It provides the answers to some basic questions about this topic as well as a glossary of terms about related concepts. This information is important considering the rise in state legislation and other attacks on classroom pedagogy which seek to limit subject matter taught in …

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What our children need in stressful times | Opinion

Summary: This is an op-ed written by Maurice Elias talking some strategies that will help students and adults deal with the unique challenges that all are facing in this difficult time in our society. He reimforces the need for parents and schools to work together to help address children’s needs. Source: Maurice Elias, nj.com, April …

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What Do Classroom Conversations about Race, Identity, and History Really Look Like?

Summary: This article deals with student reactions to the “culture wars” that are cropping up around the country related to a variety of educational issues including race, identity and history. Four students from around the country are interviewed and express their views on this topic. Source: Talia Richman, Rebecca Griesbach, Jenn Smith and Caroline Preston, …

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How School Leaders Can Respond to Pushback Over Social-Emotional Learning

Summary: This article addresses the issue of attacks on schools over the issue of Social-Emotional Learning. The author suggests seven ideas that school leaders could use to help to address parental concerns over social-emotional learning and its impact on their children’s education. Source: Arianna Prothero, Education Week, April 13, 2022 Description: “Interest in social-emotional learning …

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3 Ways SEL Helps Students Build Life Readiness

Summary: This article speaks to the importance of SEL strategies that help students prepare for life beyond school. Three strategies are offered: [1] Create mutual respect and trust. [2] Include students in decision-making, and [3] Commit to learning together. The author also states the importance of integrating SEL skills in core academic classes as a …

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