Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

Navigating Social and Emotional Learning from the Inside Out

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Summary:  This report looks at 25 top SEL programs to identify and summarize key features and attributes of programming for elementary-age children, addressing the need for detailed information about SEL curricula and implementation to help schools and OST providers make informed decisions.

Source:  Stephanie Jones et al, Harvard Graduate School of Education, May 2, 2017

4 Powerful Ways to Engage Students This School Year

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Summary:  This article focuses on the teacher as the main resource in building student engagement.  The authors suggest ways to build student engagement amid the pandemic crisis.  These include: be funny smile and laugh; create experiences, not activities; be visibly invisible (it’s about them); and treat every lesson as if you only get one chance.

Source:  Dr. Nathan lang Raad and Herbie Raad, Education Week, October 11, 2020

The Essential Traits of a Positive School Climate

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Summary:  This article, aimed at school principals, names four essential characteristics of a positive school climate.  These are strong relationships, academic expectations coupled with strong supports, consistent expectations for behavior, and collection of feedback and adjustments.  

Source:  Arianna Prothero, Education Week, October 13, 2020


How Teachers Can Encourage Moral Behavior

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Summary:  This article talks about the importance of understanding the dangers of moral disengagement and how it leads to negative perceptions and bullying behaviors.  Educators need to understand how transgressors use moral disengagement to “disengage their moral self-sanctions from their detrimental conduct.”

Source:  Albert Bandura, Ed Week, October 14, 2020

Anti-Racist Teaching: What Educators Really Think

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Summary:  This article presents the results of a Ed Week poll asking educators what they think about efforts to address the equity gaps in schools.  Analysis of the results looks at perceptions before the Black Lives Matter protests in the spring and perceptions as the new school year began in August.  The report also looks at perceptions of white educators as compared to black educators as to the success of teaching equity as well as other topics related to educational equity.

Source:  The Ed Week Research Center, September 25, 2020

CASEL: A (Re)introduction to Social and Emotional Learning: CASEL’s Definition and Framework

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Summary:  On Friday, October 9, CASEL held a webinar introducing some changes to their framework describing their five competencies for Social-Emotional Learning (SEL).  In essence, the new framework addresses both Families and Caregivers and Community as areas of importance for developing partnerships and encouraging the use of community resources as learning opportunities.  The new framework is available on the CASEL website.

Source:  Karen Niemi, Robert Jagers, and Melissa Schlinger, CASEL, October 9, 2020

Applying an Equity Lens to Social, Emotional, and Academic Development

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Summary:  This is a research brief from Penn State University and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation which looks at the importance of addressing the barrier of equity when helping youth develop social, emotional, and academic competencies.  The article explores barriers and opportunities associated with making sure that all students receive the benefits of social-emotional learning.

Source: Simmons, D. N., Brackett, M. A., & Adler, N. (2018) “Applying an Equity Lens to Social, Emotional, and Academic Development,” Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, Pennsylvania State University.

In Preschools, Sharing and Playtime Look Different Now

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Summary:  The COVID-19 Pandemic has caused schools to reimagine some of the most important practices in order to maintain student health and social-distancing.  This article addresses how pre-schools can get creative to provide students with opportunities for playtime and sharing.

Source:  Chelsea Sheasley, Edutopia, September 4, 2020

Getting Started With Integrating SEL Into Lessons

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Summary:  This article makes the case for infusing SEL into lessons – whether they are delivered in-person or remotely.  SEL can help to mitigate the stress and anxiety that has come with the pandemic and other current struggles in our society.  This article also makes the point about the importance of SEL and equity as well as considering emotions in promoting student well-being.

Source:  Jorge Valenzuela, Edutopia, September 21, 2020

How to Thwart ‘Zoombombing’ in the Remote Classroom: 10 Tips

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Summary: This article suggests ways to prevent “Zoombombing” in virtual learning situations.  This has been a problem in some districts where the links to a Zoom virtual classroom have been shared or otherwise been made public.  There are safeguards that can be put in place to protect the security of the Zoom classroom and these should be used in virtual learning.

Source:  Allison Klein, Education Week, September 22, 2020