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Social-Emotional Learning in Crossfire

Summary: In this article from the New York Post, David Adams, CEO of the Urban Assembly Schools, addresses the issues that are behind the attacks on schools, educators, and board members concerning Social-Emotional Learning. He describes the source of many of these attacks and provides insights into how SEL is an essential part of human development …

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OPINION: We know what would prevent many school shootings. Why don’t we do it?

Summary: This article is a reflection on the experiences of a former school principal on the various school shootings that have occurred over the last two decades. The author believes that a greater focus on social-emotional learning (SEL) would be a preventative measure to help to stop this trend. He questions why we have been …

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SEL Can Strengthen the Soft Skills Employers Seek

Summary: This article suggests that schools should focus on helping parents understand the value of SEL skills, how they support learning, and how they can benefit students later in the workplace. Parents need to have a better understanding of SEL really means and the benefits that it can afford their children in school and beyond. …

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Counselors Say Students’ SEL Skills Just as Important as Academic Development

Summary: This article summarizes a report issued by the American School Counselors Association and ACT which cites the importance of social-emotional skills in supporting academic learning. This has been particularly true in this time of recovery from the pandemic. The article provides some insights coming from the counselors themselves as well as other sources. Source: …

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Q&A: What Is Culturally Responsive Teaching?

Summary: This article includes a video interview with an expert on Native education who explains what culturally-responsive teaching is and why it is important for all students. Source: Kaylee Domzalski, Education Week, November 17, 2021 Description: “Culturally responsive teaching or culturally sustaining teaching is really about what we teach and how we teach diverse populations. …

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5 Ways SEL Helped Elevate Our District from a Predicted “F” to a Solid “B” Status

Summary: This article attests to the positive effect that implementing Social-Emotional Learning strategies can have on improving academic performance. The district found that focusing on SEL skills helped students build mental frameworks for resiliency, overcome obstacles, and believe in their own success. Source: Brandon Hubbard, District Administration, November 18, 2021 Description: “As we always say …

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Bringing SEL into your School: Lessons from SEL Day

by Maurice Elias and Jennifer Ly, Rutgers University SECD Lab and SEL4NJ This article appeared in the November issue of NJEA Review and shares the story of many of New Jersey’s schools who participated in SEL Day, an international event sponsored by SEL4US and the Urban Assembly Schools. These schools have shared strategies and best …

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Teachers are Not OK, Even Though We Need Them to Be

Summary: Stress and anxiety caused by the recent pandemic has negatively impacted teaches across the country. This article reports on the findings of an Ed Week Research Center survey. The article goes on to suggest some ways that school districts can address the problem and promote teacher well-being. Source: Madeline Will, Education Week, September 14, …

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Principals Need Social-Emotional Support, Too

Summary: This article underscores the importance of social-emotional skills for everyone in a school. Often school leaders are overlooked when considering the importance of social-emotional skills and self-care. Social-emotional skills need to be developed early in ones training. Educator and leadership training programs need to focus on the development of these skills so that they …

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