Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

Professional Development



The Secret to Improving Students’ Social-Emotional Skills? Start With the Adults

Summary:  This article points about the importance of making sure that the adults in a school are attending to their own mental health and social-emotional competencies so that they are better able to teach and model these skills for their students.  The article presents results from a report from the RAND Corporation and the Wallace Foundation supporting the need for sustained professional development for teachers in SEL.

Source:  Arianna Prothero, Education Week, October 23, 2o20



Talking SEL Integration with Dr. Tara Laughlin

Summary:  This article describes an online course that is designed to help teachers integrate SEL into subject content and classroom instruction.  Dr. Laughlin is a contributor to our blog series and Director of Curriculum and Education training at PAIRIN.

Source:  Dr. Tara Laughlin, PAIRIN, February 14, 2018



Integrating Social and Emotional Learning Should Be Standard Practice

Summary:This article points to the importance of professional development in helping teachers implement SEL in their classrooms. The article cites three important points – addressing SEL as part of a coherent learning plan, engaging adults in SEL, using a continuous improvement approach in setting goals and monitoring progress.

Source:Stephanie Hirsch, Education Week, October 16, 2018

Categories: SEL Basics, Professional Development, Teacher Engagement, Teacher Training, Teacher Collaboration



Rutgers Launches New Social Justice Prep Program for Future Educators

Summary:  This article reports on a new program offered by the Rutgers Graduate School of Education to help prepare aspiring teachers to to teach diverse groups of students.  Another aspect of this work is to encourage and enable teaches to use culturally responsive materials and resources in the classroom.

Source:  Pat Donachie, Education DIVE, October 25, 2017

Categories:  Social Justice, SEL Teacher Training, Professional Development, Restorative Practices, Educational Equity



Districts Start School Year With Thoughts on How to Handle Charlottesville Protests

Summary:  This article provides some resources and ideas for dealing with the Charlottesville protests and other controversial subjects in the classroom.  Experts recommend administrators provide support and PD to teachers on addressing difficult subjects.

Source:  Linda Jacobson, Education DIVE, August 17, 2017

Categories:  Education Equity, Professional Development, Core Values, Positive Relationships, School Culture/Climate




From Teacher to Leader: Shift Your Mindset

Summary: This article focuses on the needed shift in mindset when a teacher becomes a leader.  The author shares some thoughts about how to work with others to encourage reflection and as well as the growth mindset.

Source: Starr Sackstein, Education Week, August 1, 2017

Categories:  Leadership Qualities, Mindset, Positive Relationships, Teacher Collaboration, Professional Development




Improve Your Coaching With One Move: Stop Talking

Summary:  This article describes “transformational coaching”, a model that encourages the teachers being coached to reflect on their teaching practice in order to make decisions on their own that further the learning and success of all children.

Source:  Elena Aguilar, Education Week, July 20, 2017

Categories:  Professional Development, Classroom Practice, Teacher Training, Teacher Collaboration




Teachers Need a Growth Mindset Too

Summary:  This article talks about the importance of adopting a growth mindset for teachers as well as students and offers six tips for instilling a growth mindset in yourself.

Source:  Christina Gil, Edutopia, December 21, 2016

Categories:  Mindset, Professional Development, Emotional Intelligence




What Makes a Good School Principal?

Summary:  This article explores the role of principal as the educational leader of a school and the traits that help that principal create a positive culture and climate in the school.  Some of these traits are supporting a learning climate of continuous improvement for students and adults alike, a belief in doing what is best for student learning, practicing shared leadership and empowering teachers and students with a voice in the school, and building strong and caring relationships, among others.

Source:  Autumn A. Arnett, Education DIVE, October 17, 2016

Categories:  Educational Leadership. School Culture and Climate, SEL Basics, Professional Development




Creating Emotionally Intelligent Schools

Summary: This article talks about the importance of teacher training in sustaining work in social-emotional intelligence and also introduces a program from the Yale Center for Emotional Development called RULER which breaks social-emotional intelligence down into five skills.  “RULER tools and strategies provide schools with the opportunity to shift school climate, create a common language, and develop the emotional intelligence skills of all stakeholders — school administrators, teachers, support staff, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, parents and students.”

Source: Marc A. Brackett and Janet A. Patti, School Administrator Magazine, April 2016

Categories: Emotional Intelligence, School Culture and Climate, Professional Development