Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools




Kindergartners Get Little Time to Play. Why Does it Matter?

Summary:  This article presents some research on how Kindergarten has changed over the years and has become more rigorously focused on academic instruction.  As a result, elements of play and socialization that had traditionally characterized the kindergarten experience have all but disappeared from today’s kindergarten classroom.  The author also provides a rationale for the importance of play in helping children develop academically, socially, and emotionally.

Source:  Christopher Brown, The Conversation, April 27, 2016

Categories:  Classroom Practice, SEL Basics, Creativity, Student Engagement



3 Ways Schools Can Incorporate Play into Innovative Instruction

Summary: In a time where the focus is on academics and achievement even for our youngest students. the importance of imaginative play has been pushed to the side in favor of teaching young students reading and writing.  The importance of “soft-skills” in an increasingly high-stakes environment is still critical to children’s development.

Source:  Kate Schimel, Education DIVE, September 21, 2015

Categories:  SEL Basics, Student Engagement, Creativity



These 3 schools focus on creativity over standardization

Summary: Sir Ken Robinson, best known for his viral 2006 TED Talk, “How School Kill Creativity,” urges schools to color outside the lines, detailing how he sees standardization killing creativity and student achievement. Instead of focusing on tests and rote memorization, he recommends personalized learning that is organic and molded after the specific interests and needs of students.

Source:  Allie Gross, Education DIVE, April 27, 2015

Categories: Student Achievement, Creativity, Student-Centered Learning



Teacher’s Guide to Digital Storytelling

Summary:  Perhaps the most exciting thing about digital storytelling is that it teaches so many fundamental skills using a medium in which students are already fundamentally interested — and, notably, one that will prove essential for them as they move up the academic chain and on to their careers. Digital storytelling techniques do not simply add to a student’s craft toolbox; they become a source for creativity itself when students are encouraged to get inventive with those tools.

Source: Leah Levy, Edudemic, November 6, 2014

Categories:  Classroom Practice, Student Voice, Creativity, Technology



Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

Summary: In this TED Talk, which is the most watched TED Talk of all time, Sir Ken Robinson speaks about how our current education system stifles children’s creativity.

Source: Sir Ken Robinson, TED Talk, June 2006,  see also

Categories:  Creativity, Classroom Practice, Student Engagement



The Five Habits of Creative Teachers

Summary:  This article talks about how to harness creativity in an educational system that often stifles it.  Read about five habits that help teachers maintain their creative approach to teaching and learning.

Source: By Cathleen Nardi, Melissa Goodwin, Tracee Vetting Wolf, Strawberry-Blue Olive, and Maureen Maher Wizel, Ed Week Teacher, August 19, 2014

Categories: Classroom Practice, Creativiity



‘Grit’ May Not Spur Creative Success, Scholars Say

Summary:  New studies presented at the American Psychological Association’s annual conference here last week suggest grit may not do as much to boost creative achievement as it does for academics.

Source: by Sarah D. Sparks, Education Week, Published Online: August 19, 2014

Categories: Grit, Performance Values, Creativity