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Social and Emotional Learning

Another School Shooting -- and What We Can Do About It

Matthew Albracht | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Matthew Albracht

It feels as though there is a gaping hole in our nation's soul. It is time we take a serious look at the epidemic of violence in America, and begin to implement real solutions; they are out there. It's hard to deny that easy access to guns, especially semi-automatics, play a serious role in these mass shooting tragedies in the U.S. How many mass school shootings happen in nations with strict controls on guns? How many mass school shootings happen in the United Kingdom, Australia or Canada each year? None. And yet, our mass shootings in the U.S. continue to rack up. There is certainly a correlation. But there are other important causes at play as well. We must develop social structures and comprehensive strategies that can help bring healing to our communities and build resilience in our society. Can we really afford to wait any longer to do so?

Juvenile Justice Reform in NY State: Raise the Age

Catharine Hill | Posted 06.16.2015 | New York
Catharine Hill

As educators, we understand the benefits of letting young people learn from their mistakes. By incarcerating them as adults, we set them on a path that makes further education almost impossible, condemns them to a dismal future and costs society significantly more than evidence-based diversion practices.

Teaching Peace and Life Skills in Schools: Why Not?

Matthew Albracht | Posted 05.19.2015 | Education
Matthew Albracht

Schools are our main social avenue of learning. While the primary focus of teaching in schools is predominantly on academic skills, many feel that lif...

The Power of Parenting with Social and Emotional Learning

Smart Parents | Posted 06.15.2015 | Education
Smart Parents

On the one hundredth day of school, my son's teacher morphed each first grade child's photograph into an elderly individual with the facial lines of life experience and asked, "What do you want to be like when you are 100?" My son wrote in response, "I want to be kind to kids."

Social Media With Soul

Janine Francolini | Posted 03.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Janine Francolini

Technology may always be changing, and our choices may be diverse, but people are the same. And the simple, enduring question we face as people in all of our "flawlessness" is whether we can be good to one another. Can we have social media with soul? After all, that's the real human value.

Everything Is Everything and It's All in the Game

Brad Spirrison | Posted 01.26.2015 | Education
Brad Spirrison

Is your kid ready to "discover the power of social and emotional learning"? This is the challenge and opportunity presented in IF... The Emotional IQ Game, which was created by Electronic Arts founder and video game pioneer Trip Hawkins.

Emotions Matter

Janine Francolini | Posted 12.29.2014 | Education
Janine Francolini

Yesterday I attended a very inspiring training with Dr. Marc Brackett, Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Co Creator of The RULER...

Back to School With Heart

Janine Francolini | Posted 10.28.2014 | Education
Janine Francolini

It is time to be going back to school with more than brand new backpacks filled with school supplies. Here's to the 2014-15 school year kick-off with vigilant attention to EVERY aspect of our children's health and development!

Are We Too Focused on Our Kids' Happiness?

Richard Weissbourd | Posted 06.14.2014 | Parents
Richard Weissbourd

Let us be clear -- we don't advocate suffering. And we're all in favor of happiness (and success and achievement). But we need to be wiser about how children truly become not only moral, but happier and high-achieving.

Newtown, A Year Later: Reflecting and Moving Forward

Michael Jascz | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Michael Jascz

This week marks the one year anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The incident is still painfully fres...

True Empathy

Richard Weissbourd | Posted 01.26.2014 | Parents
Richard Weissbourd

Our goal should be to not only help children take others' viewpoints but to value diverse perspectives and people. How do we expand children's circle of empathy and concern?

Every Child Should Be in Therapy

Renee Jain | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Renee Jain

Social and emotional programs are still in their infancy. They need support. They need a voice. If you're a parent, you can find out what your school is doing to implement SEL programming into the curriculum.

To Keep Kids Out of Trouble -- and Prison -- Teach Them to Understand Their Emotions

Katherine Gustafson | Posted 10.14.2013 | Impact
Katherine Gustafson

While the idea of turning our schools into the backdrop for a war-zone video game is alarming enough, the call for militarization of classrooms threatens to entrench an even deeper dysfunction in our school system.

The New Bill of Rights For All Students

Brandon Busteed | Posted 07.20.2013 | Impact
Brandon Busteed

This should be the new bill of rights for all students -- and frankly, all people -- worldwide.

The Missing Piece -- How Social and Emotional Learning Can Empower Children and Transform Schools

John Bridgeland | Posted 09.20.2013 | Impact
John Bridgeland

Arithmetic and higher math skills are embedded in school goals, but not necessarily persistence and grit. As a result, an "either/or" dynamic has been established that prioritizes academic skills, at the expense of "social and emotional" learning.

Teaching Emotions: A Different Approach to Ending School Violence

Katherine Gustafson | Posted 05.19.2013 | Impact
Katherine Gustafson

Those calling for change after recent shootings have done remarkably little soul-searching about the education system that allowed such a disturbed individual to wander through its hallways speaking little and avoiding eye contact, apparently completely ignored.

Accelerating Innovation Through Integrated Student Supports

Dan Cardinali | Posted 04.28.2013 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

Austin, Texas, likes to cultivate a reputation for weirdness, but there are some pretty wonderful things going on in the Austin Independent School District. Throughout the city, students are learning about persistence, empathy and honesty right alongside math, science and history.

"When Young People Are Able to Process Their Emotions They Have More Time for Learning" - Principal Sporleder

Michael Jascz | Posted 07.10.2012 | New York
Michael Jascz

This is a story of empowerment. This is a story of how kids in even the worst of situations can still turn their lives around, if we as the adults can make emotional safety a part of a school's culture.

It's About Parenting, Not Politics!

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 06.17.2012 | Parents
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

No matter how much household help a mother does or doesn't have, it is she who conveys the values that she wants her children to live by. Whether a mother is a SAHM or works 16-hour days, she is a role model for her children.

Thoughts on Mindful Awareness Practices in Education

Ramaa Reddy Raghavan | Posted 02.26.2012 | Education
Ramaa Reddy Raghavan

While popular with adults, the practice of applying mindfulness to education is not a recent phenomenon.

Children at a Manhattan Public School Learn Techniques to Relax

Ramaa Reddy Raghavan | Posted 02.14.2012 | Education
Ramaa Reddy Raghavan

At P.S. 112, spirited second graders return to class after lunch. To calm them down, class teachers Lisa Zachariah and Emily Holdridge, have the children take three deep breaths and then listen to a 10 minute relaxation tape.

Private School Children Learn Skills to Manage in a Complex World

Ramaa Reddy Raghavan | Posted 02.11.2012 | Education
Ramaa Reddy Raghavan

Founded in 1893, Brown School is one of the few private schools to integrate mindfulness -- the practice of cultivating awareness, attention, acceptance and non-judgement -- into its entire school curriculum.

In NYC Schools, a Little 'Respect for All'

Katherine Gustafson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Katherine Gustafson

New York's P.S. 24 became the site for Respect for All's launch week because of it's commitment to teaching social skills and empathy for other's to students.