Emotional Intelligence

Developing Professional Relationships That Work

Summary:  This article shares reflections on the importance of developing positive professional relationships with colleagues and supervisors, offering some “guiding principles” on developing a positive climate. Source:  Carl Draeger, Education Week, September 27, 2017 Categories:  Positive Relationships, School Culture/Climate, Teacher Collaboration, Emotional Intelligence Description: “Teachers are in the people business. Our efficacy is directly related …

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Social-Emotional Learning Can Begin on the Bus Ride

Summary: This article reports on a project at Butler University where bus drivers were trained on how to form positive relationships with students during their rides to and from school and how to teach them ways to cope with stressful situations at home or during the school day. Source:  Amelia Harper, Education DIVE, October 10, …

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Empathy Instilled Through Fictional Literature Can Curb Bullying

Summary:  This article supports the idea that fictional literature can help students understand relationships and help to curb bullying.  “When students read works of fiction that reflect the diversity they will encounter in their daily lives, they are less likely to bully those who are different from them”, author Michael Dahl writes for eSchool News. Source:  …

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Opt for Dignity: Teach Children to Value Themselves and Others

Summary:  This article contains a podcast where Tim Shriver, chair of CASEL and of the Special Olympics,  shares information about his life and about the importance of Social-Emotional Learning. Source:  Tom VanderArk, Education Week, September 27, 2017 Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research, Character Education, Emotional Intelligence Description: “Tim Shriver has traveled a very interesting pathway …

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‘Kindness Curriculum’ Shown to Improve Grades and Relationship Skills

Summary:  This article reports on the success of the “Kindness Curriculum” in a pilot study with pre-K classrooms in Madison, Wisconsin.  While the study was relatively small, the researchers felt that the positive results warrant further studies to determine the effectiveness of the curriculum with a larger sample size and over the long term. Source:  …

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Compassion as a Classroom Management Tool

Summary:  This article shares the reflections of a second-year teacher on her change of heart in how she managed her classroom.  Instead of using an approach characterized by strict rules enforcement, she adopted an approach based on compassion and caring for her students. Source:  Andrea Marshbank, Edutopia, September 19, 2017 Categories:  SEL Basics, Emotional Intelligence, …

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Study: SEL Tends to Produce More Engaged Citizens, Increased Voter Turnout

Summary:  This article reports on anew Princeton study examined the long-term effects of a 20-year-old program known as Fast Track, one of the earliest and largest programs designed to improve life outcomes for at-risk students by teaching psychosocial skills.  The study found benefits gained from teaching SEL in a variety of categories. Source:  Amelia Harper, …

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Helping Teachers Thrive

Summary:  This article offers suggestions for school leaders to help their teachers build resilience as the new school year starts.  This is important in weathering the day-to-day storms but it also helps teachers to thrive! Source:  Elena Agullar, Edutopia, August 21. 2017 Categories:  Leadership Qualities, Emotional Intelligence, Classroom Practice, Performance Values, Positive Relationships Description: “Here’s …

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SEL Drive in Schools Is Opportunity for Youth Developers

Summary:  This article talks about the importance of SEL skills in helping students develop a balanced approach to achievement.  It moves away from “No Child Left Behind” and the focus on standardized tests to skills such as self-awareness, social connections, confidence and perseverance. Source:  Katie Brackenridge, Youth Today, July 12, 2017 Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL …

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