Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools


Inside a school that combines personalized learning with social-emotional skills

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Summary:  Jonathan Hanover’s brand new school, Roots Elementary, opened its doors for the first time six weeks ago, in northeast Denver, CO. Hanover is an unconventional school leader and his school reflects that.  This is an interview with Jonathan discussing the model he used to design Roots Elementary.

Source: Kate Schimel, Education DIVE, September 18, 2015

Categories: SEL Basics, School Culture and Climate, Classroom Practice

Prioritizing Principal PD

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Summary:  This article speaks to the importance of providing more professional development for principals and administrators in order to properly prepare them for the new teacher observation and evaluation systems.  Traditionally, PD for principals have been more in the area of management and there needs to be a shift to help principals effectively supervise and evaluate their teachers.

Source:  Alison DeNisco, District Administration, September 14, 2015

Categories:  Leadership Qualities, Teacher Evaluation

How engaged are your students? Take this quiz and find out

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Summary:  This article talks about student engagement when using technology.  Take this quiz to see how engaged your students are in technology-based learning activities.

Source:  Andrea Harmer, eSchool News, September 14, 2015

Categories:  Student Engagement, Technology

Texas KIPP principal details 3 MBA benefits for school leaders

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Summary:  This article draws parallels between the educational and business environment and suggests that having an MBA could help school leaders be flexible to changing environments, focus on group dynamics, and use money wisely.

Source:  Kate Schimel, Education DIVE, September 15, 2015

Category:  Leadership Qualities

Social Emotional Learning – An Ed Week Webinar

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Summary:  Ed Week sponsored a webinar on September 2, 2015 called “Social Emotional Learning: Systemic Innovation for Improved Outcomes” which featured work done in the Austin, Texas Public Schools.  The webinar was moderated by Joan Duffell and data was presented by Roger Weissberg of CASEL as well as Paul Cruz and Sherrie Raven of the Austin Public Schools showing the positive effects of SEL on various metrics of student success.  Below you will find a link to be able to watch the webcast and another to download the slides from the webinar.

Source:  Ed Week Webinars, September 2, 2015, Sponsored by Second Step

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research

Great School Culture: It Starts With the Principal

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Summary:  This article speaks to the importance of the principal’s leadership in determining the culture and climate of the school.  The writer uses an example of the opening day meeting at her school to show what her principal does to support and recognize teachers while improving school culture.

Source:  Phyllis Hoffman. Education Week, August 23, 2015

Categories:  School Culture and Climate, Leadership Qualities

3 Tips to Boost Student Health and Improve Learning

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Summary: A cough can keep a kid home from class. A vision impairment can make it hard to read the board. A lack of physical activity can make them fidgety.  The ways that student health impact students’ ability to learn in class begin small. But according to a new report from a state-run research organization, those small struggles add up. And in low-income communities, they can create real barriers to student learning.

Source:  Kate Schimel, Education DIVE, August 29, 2015

Categories: School Health

A Lesson Plan for Helping Young Children Learn to Accept Differences

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Summary:  This is an Edutopia blog by Maurice Elias on the subject of acceptance of diversity by young children.  The emphasis of the blog is the importance of starting at an early age and how schools can help with this task.  Several suggestions are presented which will help schools design lessons to assist students in accepting differences.

Source: Maurice Elias, Edutopia, August 25, 2015

Categories:  SEL Basics, Classroom Practice

Handcuffing of Students Reignites Debate on Use of Restraint

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Summary:  This article provides information on an American Civil Liberties lawsuit stemming from the overuse of restraint by a school resource officer in Kentucky.  The officer was shown in a video to use handcuffs to restrain a student with ADHD.

Source: Christina A. Samuels, Education Week. August 19, 2015 Issue

Categories:  Codes of Conduct, Zero Tolerance

U.S. Schools Are Too Focused on Standardized Tests, Poll Says

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Summary:  Americans overwhelmingly think there is too much emphasis on standardized testing in public schools and that test scores are not the best way to judge schools, teachers or students, according to a national poll.  The results released Sunday come from the 47th annual PDK/Gallup poll of attitudes toward public schools, the longest-running survey of Americans’ views on public education.

Source: Lindsey Layton, Washington Post, August 23, 2015

Categories: Standardized Testing