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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 Description: Fostering a sense of calm and joy in the classroom must …

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Integrating Social and Emotional Competencies Into Academic Content

Summary:  Collaboration, problem solving, and social awareness are social-emotional skills that our necessary to our children’s success.  Maurice Elias shares how these skills could be incorporated in academics with an example lesson in eighth grade science class. Source:  Maurice Elias, Edutopia, May 15, 2017 Categories:  SEL Basics, Classroom Practice, SEL Teacher Training Description: The term …

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Teacher Prep Slow to Embrace Social-Emotional Learning

Summary:  This article surveys the state of teacher training about social-emotional learning and finds that many times, teachers are coming into their jobs with a lack of familiarity about social-emotional learning and its importance in schools. Source:  Evie Blad, Education Week, April 4, 2017 Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Research, SEL Teacher Training Description: Many teacher-preparation …

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How Maryland is Putting the ‘PLAY’ Back into Professional Development

Summary:  This article talks about a program called “P.L.A.Y.” (People Learning and Asking Why) which gives teachers the time to explore learning opportunities while personalizing professional development.  This program was devised by an employee of the Maryland State Department of Education named Angie de Guzman who saw an opportunity to make a specific, personalized professional …

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Empowering Youth Voice Through SEL

Summary:  This blog entry consists of an interview with Patrick Fennell of Empowerment Solutions.  Patrick has worked with many schools in New Jersey providing professional development for teachers, mentoring programs for students, and workshops to develop the skills of teambuilding, communication, goal setting, and problem solving. Patrick also provides a list of the top ten …

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Lifelong Learning is the Most Crucial Educational Mindset

Summary: Doctors, lawyers, and other professionals never stop learning new techniques and strategies to hone their craft and remain on the cutting edge in their field – and so, too, do teachers. Teachers should consider the concept of “lifelong learning” and a few reasons it’s a great frame of mind for educators to have. Source:  …

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Commentary: What Makes a Great Teacher?

Summary:  According to the loudest and most influential education reformers, the answer is pretty straightforward. Great teachers have mastery over their subject matter, can design coherent lesson plans, and are able to track student improvement.  But while it’s true that great teachers possess those skills, it is deeply misguided to believe that those skills alone …

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Teach the Teachers Well

Summary:  Teacher training is important in helping students develop SEL skills in students. Source: Suzanne Bouffard Categories:  SEL Basics, SEL Teacher Training Description: This article, from the April 30, 2014 edition of the New York Times, speaks about the importance of teacher training to help students develop SEL competencies and reduce classroom management issues. Read …

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