Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools


Growth Mindset in a Pandemic: Teachers Talk About Building Resilience in Students

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Summary:  This article provides comments by several teachers about the importance of maintaining a growth mindset during remote learning.  The teachers found that building resilience in students in the midst of a whole new learning paradigm was the first step toward successful online learning.

Source:  Sarah D. Sparks, Education Week, May 29, 2020

4 Back-to-School Scenarios; How to Boost Engagement Online

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Summary:  Here are five articles from EdSurge that address the issue of remote learning and re-opening schools in the fall.  The articles deal with back to school plans, how to engage students in online learning, how much time is appropriate for remote learning, strategies to promote successful online learning, and health concerns when opening schools in the fall.

Source:  EdSurge, June 2, 2020

‘Moments like now are why we teach’: Educators Tackle Tough Conversations About Race and Violence

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Summary:  “Navigating discussions about race relations, police brutality, and systemic racism can be challenging for teachers even during normal times. But grappling with these topics during a pandemic, when school communities can’t learn together in person, is even more difficult.”

Source:  Reema Amin, Caroline Bauman, and Stephanie Wang, Chalkbeat, May 31, 2020 

6 Considerations for School Leaders Making a Statement About George Floyd

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Summary:  This article makes suggestions for superintendents and principals when reaching out to their communities to talk about the death of George Floyd.  The writers say that the language must be pointed and that it should specifically address the issue of the treatment of blacks by law enforcement which has been a long-standing problem.

Source:  Dorinda J. Carter Andrews and Shaun R. Harper, Education Week, June 2, 2020

Reopening School: What it Might Look Like

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Summary:  This article explores seven different ideas about how schools could re-open, some additional thoughts on these possibilities, and how to face the unknown as you plan for re-opening.  This article is also available as a podcast.

Source:  Jennifer Gonzalez, Cult of Pedagogy, May 24, 2020

What Could Reacclimation Mean for Schools Beyond COVID-19?

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Summary:  This article stresses the importance of SEL as well as making other long-terms changes to help with the re-entry to schools after the pandemic.  The article cites several reliable sources including CASEL when looking at this question of how to re-open schools and what the focus should be.

Source:  Naz Modan, EducationDIVE, May 21, 2020

Facilitating Dialogue About the Coronavirus Among Students

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Summary:  This article provides some guidance about how to engage children in dialogue about critical issues such as the coronavirus.  The strategies are based on the STAT (Students Taking Action Together) program which was designed to help generate discussion and debate on issues that are both relevant and important.

Source:  Lauren Fullmer, Ed.D., Summit, NJ Public Schools and Academy for SEL in Schools (, March 2020

The Connection Between Academic and Social Emotional Learning

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Summary:  This comprehensive guide to emotional intelligence (EI) is a state-of-the-art collection of proven best practices from the field’s best and brightest minds. Edited by educational leaders Maurice Elias and Harriett Arnold, this guide creates a new gold standard for bringing social-emotional learning into every classroom, with chapters by Daniel Goleman, Rachel Kessler, Marty Sleeper and Margot Strom, Janet Patti, Eliot Rosenbloom, Pam Robbins, Mark Greenberg, Sheldon Berman, Susan Wooley, Rose Reissman, Carol Cummings, and many others.

Source:  Elias, M.J., 2006. In the educator’s guide to emotional intelligence and academic achievement, corwin press pgs 4-14

We’re Not ‘All in It Together’ – But we could be, if we rise to the moment.

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Summary:  This article talks about the importance and character and civic-mindedness in dealing with the spread of the coronavirus.  The author speaks about civic character and the responsibility each of us should feel toward acting responsibly in the face of this public health crisis.

Source:  Eric Liu, The Atlantic, April 8, 2020

The Success of Social-Emotional Learning Hinges on Teachers

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Summary: This article speaks about the importance of the teacher’s role in developing social-emotional competencies.  Results of an Ed Week survey, along with reports from schools in various states, show that school leaders and teachers feel the need for more sustained professional development and training in helping students develop SEL skills.

Source:  Madeline Will, Education Week, April 7, 2020