SEL Basics

When Social-Emotional Learning Is Misused – What we see through an equity lens

Summary:  This article speaks to the importance of viewing and implementing Social Emotional Learning (SEL) through an equity lens.  The authors stress the importance of considering the needs of children of color and then designing social-emotional learning experiences that address the supports that these families need – particularly during remote learning. Source:  Eve Colavito and  …

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3 Best Practices for Nurturing a Positive School Climate Virtually

Summary:  In this article, the author suggests three ways to support a positive climate during remote or hybrid learning.  These include encouraging and honoring student, family and staff feedback, setting standard routines for safe online learning, and providing SEL support for educators.  There are also links to resources that are provided by Panorama Education. Source:  …

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The Synergy of Arts Education and Social-Emotional Learning

Summary:  This Smart Brief from Arts Ed NJ and the SECD Lab at Rutgers shows how the visual and performing arts (VPA) can help students build social-emotional competencies.  Teaching in the arts can help to address trauma and inequity and provide students with an outlet for expression and a way to address societal issues.  The …

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6 Exercises to Get to Know Your Students Better—and Increase Their Engagement

Summary:  This article underscores the importance of knowing more about your students even when faced with distance learning during the pandemic.  Strategies and classroom practices are shared from around the country including a very successful “Laws of Life” project which gave students the opportunity to tell their story through writing, music, art, and other forms …

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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 Description:  …

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Relationships, Equity Remain Essential for Curriculum to Connect in Remote Learning

Summary:  This article underscores the importance of maintaining relationships and promoting equity as school leaders cope with the challenges of the pandemic.  Remote learning has presented challenges to the equity issue on many fronts including access to technology and other socio-economic issues but also to the point of racial inequalities and culturally-responsive teaching.  On the …

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Educators Are Using Edtech to Facilitate SEL. Here’s How They Gauge Student Success.

Summary:  This article addresses how tech tools can be used to promote SEL and how to determine which goals those tech tools can address.  The article shares results of a teacher poll and also provides some examples where teachers from around the country share best practices. Source:  Rachel Burstein, EdSurge, October 22, 2020 Description:  “Over …

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CASEL Releases New Definition of SEL: What You Need to Know

Summary:  This article presents an overview of the changes that CASEL has made to their definition of SEL as well as changes to the CASEL “Wheel”.   The author looks at and explains the changes to the definition and how the wheel now represents a better view of how classrooms, schools, families and caregivers, and communities …

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In Schools, Are We Measuring What Matters?

Summary:  In this article, Stephen Merrill interviews Angela Duckworth, author of the best-selling book “Grit”.  In this interview, Duckworth talks about the way student capabilities are measured and how standardized testing can miss the mark by focusing too narrowly on academics without looking at other skills that may be just as important, Source:  Stephen Merrill, …

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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 …

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