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SEL and Media Literacy Resources for Election Season

Summary: The Panorama Education team has put together a list of informational resources, articles, and guides to provide support in fostering a civil classroom environment, whether in-person or virtually. There are lists for districts, school leaders, and teachers as well as for families and caregivers.

Source:  The Panorama Education Staff, Panorama Education, October.November 2020




How Teachers Can Encourage Moral Behavior

Summary:  This article talks about the importance of understanding the dangers of moral disengagement and how it leads to negative perceptions and bullying behaviors.  Educators need to understand how transgressors use moral disengagement to “disengage their moral self-sanctions from their detrimental conduct.”

Source:  Albert Bandura, Ed Week, October 14, 2020



The Essential Teacher Trait That Has Emerged in the Pandemic

Summary:  This article underscores the importance of the teacher-student connection and empathy as means to work through the challenges of the COVID-19 epidemic.  These traits, as well as other social-emotional skills and competencies, have helped teachers and students alike overcome some of the challenges presented by online learning.  

Source:  Elizabeth Heubeck, Ed Week – TopSchoolJobs, July 28, 2020



6 Considerations for School Leaders Making a Statement About George Floyd

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



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

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



How to Teach Social-Emotional Learning When Students Aren’t in School

Summary:  This article suggests ways that teachers can use to teach social-emotional learning using a variety of resources.  The sense of connection and maintaining relationships are importance resources that support students as they learn to deal with this national health crisis.

Source:  Arianna Prothero, Education Week, March 30, 2020



Promoting Prosocial Behaviors in the Classroom

Summary: This article reports on the importance of  developing prosocial behaviors in reinforcing academic performance.  The author focuses on gratitude, kindness, and empathy as three prosocial behaviors that you can implement in your classroom right away.

Source:  Catherine Beachboard, Edutopia, December 11, 2019



Why Don’t Leaders Practice Empathy?

Summary:  “Empathy is an indispensable leadership skill and a driver that predicts high-performing teams and organizations, but there is a significant gap between how leaders assess their empathy skills and how their employees view them. Dr. Arthur Schwartz, Professor of Leadership Studies and Founding Director of the Oskin Leadership Institute at Widener University, offers five key reasons why leaders do not practice empathy consistently”

Source;  Arthur Schwartz,, July 12, 2019



Empathy and Empowerment: HOW and WHY It Is Important To Raise an Empathic Girl

Summary:  This article about empathy and empowerment comes from an interview with Dr. Maurice Elias and focuses on the importance of empowering girls to be successful in a competitive world.  Dr. Elias suggests several tactics to help build empathy and confidence in girls as they grow and develop.

Source: Nina Teggarty, Raising Kick-Ass Heroines, October 24, 2019



Art Education Improves Students’ Academic, Social Development, Study Finds

Summary:  This article reports on a new study from the Houston Education Research Consortium — a partnership between Rice University and Houston-area schools — that has found an initiative to expand arts education in elementary and middle schools improved students’ academic and emotional development. 

Source:  Shawna De La Rosa, Education DIVE, February 13, 2019