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The Role of Social-Emotional Learning in Re-Opening Schools

Summary: K-12 Dive has created a “Trendline” on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) which will present articles of interest about the role of SEL for students and educators alike. Initially, this includes six articles focusing on SEL and mental health and trauma associated with the pandemic. You can access the Trendline by signing up using the …

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With Burnout on the Rise, Districts Turn to Staff SEL and Bringing Joy to Learning

Summary: This article talks about the importance of SEL for school staff in the face of returning to the classroom after the pandemic. The increased stress and anxiety that came with the pandemic affects not only students but also adults. Many examples are given where SEL skills for adults have helped to deal with this …

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Mental Health Problems Loom for the COVID Generation. Here’s What Schools Can Do

Summary: This article talks about the proliferation of student mental health issues which have been exacerbated by the pandemic. Stress and anxiety in both students and adults has increased because of issues associated with COVID19 and the return to school in the fall. This article provides some examples of how schools across the country are …

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Education Week Spotlight on Social Emotional Learning

Summary: This spotlight edition provides several articles about Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in the time of the pandemic. These articles focus on the importance of SEL for both students and adults. There are articles particular to SEL needs as a result of the pandemic as well as choosing SEL curricula and SEL for teachers. Source: …

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Integrating Music Into Social and Emotional Learning

Summary: This article reports on a strategy where pre-school students learn to identify and manage their emotions through listening to music. The authors suggest five listening exercises ranging from Beethoven to the blues which help young children understand emotional content in the music. Source: Laura Petillo and Kerry Carley Rizzuto, Edutopia, June 8, 2021 Description: …

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Weaving SEL into a Standards-focused Curriculum

Summary: This article speaks to the importance of including social-emotional skills in the curriculum as schools plan to re-open in the fall. Social emotional needs will be important to help schools support students as they return to face-to-face instruction. These skills will help students cope with whatever stress and anxiety accompanies the return to school. …

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Here Are 3 Top SEL Strategies That Can Help Improve Student Engagement Right Now

Summary: The authors identify the importance of student engagement particularly in a time of remote or hybrid learning. They identify three elements of student engagement: [1] connected, safe, and welcomed; [2] choice, voice, and agency in their learning; and [3]connected learning. They go on to provide strategies for each of these key elements. Source: Alex Kajitani, Tom …

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How to Help High School Students Develop Empathy

Summary: This article presents eight strategies that will help to develop empathy in high school students. These suggestions include expressing one’s feelings, really listening to one another, occupying characters from books, reacting to movies, among others. Empathy is certainly needed in our present word and these strategies can help students become more empathetic. Source: Maurice …

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How to Embed SEL Into Your Instruction

Summary: This article focuses on the WHY behind social emotional learning and the importance of embedding these skills in the classroom. The author cites the importance of providing students with opportunities to practice and cultivate these skills and to reflect on their importance. The author also suggests strategies for practicing the five SEL domains. These …

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