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ELIAS: In Order To Raise the Odds of Student Success, Let’s Work for the Common Good on Common Ground

Summary: This is an op-ed written by Dr. Maurice Elias for SEL Day, March 11, 2022. He makes the case for the importance of SEL skills in facing the societal challenges that are so prevalent today. He also paints a picture of what a Common Ground classroom should look like. Source: Maurice Elias, NJ Education …

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When Schools Reopen, Let’s End Racism, Unconscious Bias in the Classroom | Opinion

by Maurice J. Elias and Larry Leverett It is beyond dispute that unconscious bias and overt racism remain embedded in the U.S. education system. It is equally clear that healing must begin from within. Recent statements by millions of Americans, in favor of the Black Lives Matter movement and its message, demonstrate a nationwide shift …

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Facilitating Dialogue About the Coronavirus Among Students

by Lauren Fullmer, Ed.D., Summit NJ Public Schools and Academy for SEL in Schools When students turn on the TV, they see increasing numbers of deaths and cases of people infected. Walking through the grocery store, they see empty shelves and desolate aisles. Their parents tell them that they can no longer attend basketball practice …

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P-E-A-C-E: The Acronym

  by Ed DeRoche, Director, Character Education Resource Center University of San Diego   In the Center’s July newsletter, we described 25 Steps on becoming a culturally response teacher. Several responses and questions helped me develop the content for this blog. A few respondents believed that “civility is on the decline “and one teacher wrote: …

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The Essence of Character: Strengths, Skills, Habits

  by Ed DeRoche, Director, Character Education Resource Center, SOLES. USD  “Habits we train are habits we gain!” (author unknown)   In March, the Center sponsored a full day character education program offered by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. It was terrific—all you have to do is ask the 79 teachers who attended. During …

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