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SEL and Career Readiness

Summary: This is a slide deck from a recent presentation at the NJEA Teachers’ Convention about SEL and Career Readiness.  The presenter is Christy Biedron, Director of Education, Junior Achievement of New Jersey.  The presentation makes the connection between SEL competencies and skills needed for workplace success.  An overview of New Jersey’s Student Learning Standard …

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Supporting Schools: Social, Emotional, Character Development and Positive School Climate

Summary: “This is a slide deck from a presentation by SEL4NJ, NJASECD, and SCCI at the New Jersey Teachers’ Convention in Atlantic City, NJ.  The topics include how to support schools who are looking to improve school culture and climate while building individual social emotional skills and character strengths in both students and adults.” Source: …

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Op-Ed: New test scores show students lost a lot of ground in the pandemic. Overreacting won’t help

Summary: The author, a professor of education at the University of Virginia, offers an important perspective on the reported learning loss on the recent report by the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) showing a drop in test scores in reading and math as a result of the pandemic. She suggests that it is not …

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How are districts embracing character education to counter bullying?

Summary: This article gives examples of how character education programs can help schools reduce bullying while building other character strengths in both students and adults. Some important points include initiating district-wide character ed programs, adults serving as role models, and giving students leadership opportunities in character education through student ambassador programs. Source: Lauren Barack, K12 …

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Alarm on children’s mental health has been ringing for decades. Too few have listened.

Summary: In this Op-Ed from USA Today, Maurice Elias makes the case for the need for systemic change in regards to children’s mental health. He says, “The most immediate public health action we can take is to ensure schools are committed to and supported in building all students’ social, emotional, character and civic competencies.” He …

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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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