Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools




Coping With Stress of Coronavirus Crisis a Challenge for California’s Students

Summary:  This article provides some insight on the stress and anxiety that the coronavirus is causing as students move to online instruction.  Views from students from various grade levels are presented to show how this outbreak has affected their lives.  Coping strategies are also suggested in the article.

Source: Patrick Hoge, EdSurge, March 23, 2020



Schools Are Embracing Mindfulness, But Practice Doesn’t Always Make Perfect

Summary:  This article reports on schools’ effort to use mindfulness to help student cope and maximize their learning in school.  The authors give examples where schools have implemented mindfulness programs but they also warn about the importance of using quality approaches and provide examples of research on the effectiveness of these practices.

Source:  Anya Kamanetz, Meribah Knight, NPR, February 27, 2020



How Arts Teachers Are Strengthening Students’ Social-Emotional Muscles

Summary:  This article talks about a new study that shows that arts experiences for students present prime opportunities to help students develop their social-emotional skills.  When arts teachers intentionally design experiences in music, art, drama, and dance, they can build in ways to address SEL competencies.

Source:  Catherine Gewertz, Ed Week, June 27, 2019



Meditation at Schools Can Benefit Both Learning and Behavior

Summary: This article supports the idea that meditation and mindfulness can result in benefits for students and as a replacement for detention in helping students who are acting out self-regulate their emotions. This article also identifies some caveats for administrators considering implementing these programs.

Source:Amelia Harper, Education DIVE, September 11, 2018

Categories: Mindfulness, Student Behavior, Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Classroom Strategies, SEL Basics



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Social-Emotional Learning: It Starts With Teachers

Summary:  Fostering a sense of calm and joy in the classroom must start with the teacher.  This special report from Education Week explores the social-emotional competencies needed for classroom teachers, and how they can then convey those skills to their students.

Source:  Education Week Special Report, June 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Teacher Training, SEL Research, Mindfulness




Social Emotional Learning: It Starts with Teachers

Summary:  This special report provides access to several articles covering the importance of SEL and how teachers can support social emotional learning in their classrooms.

Source:  Education Week Special Report, June 7, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research, Educational Equity, Mindfulness, Teacher Training




Happy Teachers Practice Self-Care

Summary:  This article suggests that social emotional competence for teachers is a necessary ingredient for social emotional learning for their students.  The writer talks about a series of activities for teachers that are designed to improve their own SEL while contributing to their happiness.

Source: Madeline Will, Education Week, June 7, 2017

Categories:  SEL Basics, Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Satisfaction, Mindfulness



Teaching Students to De-Stress Over Testing

Summary:  This article addresses the issue of anxiety in schools.  This contemporary problem affects school performance for students across most grade levels.  One of the methods used today to address this anxiety is mindfulness, which has found a place in many schools across the country.

Source:  Sarah Sparks, Education Week, May 24, 2017

Categories:  Mindfulness, Mental Health, Classroom Practice




When Mindfulness Feels Like a Necessity

Summary: This article summarizes the process of incorporating mindfulness in your classroom.  The article includes some tips for implementing mindfulness for the first time with your students.

Source:  Aukeem Ballard, Edutopia, February 14, 2917

Categories:  Mindfulness



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Research Indicates Mindfulness is a Trendy Strategy That Actually Works

Summary:  This article cites several research studies that support the value of mindfulness as an educational strategy.  These studies support the benefits of mindfulness as a way to reduce stress and increase feelings of well-being as well as producing academic benefits.

Source: Tara Garcia Matthewson, Education Dive, February 13, 2017

Categories: Mindfulness, Student Achievement, Emotional Intelligence