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Social Emotional Learning

Wanted: Soft Skills

FOMIN | Posted 11.09.2015 | Impact

By Yuri Soares and Maria Elena Nawar Yuri Soares is chief of development effectiveness at the Multilateral Investment Fund. He holds a PhD in econom...

Coming Full Circle

Jennifer Peck | Posted 11.05.2015 | Education
Jennifer Peck

For decades, k-12 education had a laser-like focus on academic success as measured by standardized test scores. While this was happening, educators struggled to find ways to provide the well-rounded educational experience for students they knew was important.

I Expect the Highest Scores

Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn | Posted 10.27.2015 | Education
Cynthia Gibbs-Wilborn

A multiple choice test doesn't speak to overall emotional intelligence, or how conscientious he is as a student. It won't measure motivation or empathy for others, nor will it tell you if a student is typically open to new ideas or one who bounces back quickly from disappointment.

Education: Start Young, Involve Parents, Empower Children and Be Patient

Terry N. Ford | Posted 10.29.2015 | Education
Terry N. Ford

I'm often asked what works in education. After starting and leading public schools in Texas for nearly four decades, my response is straightforward: Start young, involve parents, empower children in their own development and be patient in fostering their eventual success.

Permission to Pause -- A Mindfulness Requirement

Treasure Milinovich | Posted 09.23.2015 | Education
Treasure Milinovich

One thing is certain, as we continue our work with the teachers it is glaringly apparent that they NEED permission to pause. They NEED permission to reflect. They NEED permission to understand themselves better so they are better able to handle the rigors of teaching.

Afterschool Programs Foster Children's Social and Emotional Learning

Jodi Grant | Posted 09.16.2015 | Education
Jodi Grant

Judging from the substance and tenor of the policy debate over education in the United States, you might think that everything children need to learn can be assessed and summed up with test scores and grades.

It's Time for an Emotion Revolution!

Janine Francolini | Posted 08.26.2015 | Impact
Janine Francolini

I recently had the inspiring experience of sitting down with the associate director for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to discuss the upcoming Emotional Revolution Summit (ERS) -- a game-changing effort between the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Lady Gaga.

What "Inside Out" May Be Saying About Gender

Paul Emerich France | Posted 07.23.2015 | Education
Paul Emerich France

I think "Inside Out" is a social-emotional masterpiece. But with a more critical eye, it could help raise interesting questions about how we, as a society, can liberate ourselves and our emotions, regardless of gender or gender identity.

Should Student Success Include Happiness?

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D. | Posted 06.01.2015 | Education
Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.

Student success today is defined by getting a job. The Common Core State Standards aim to make students career-ready -- and the U.S. Department of Education's mission is to prepare students for global competitiveness.

How Social-Emotional Learning and Mindfulness Can Work Together

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D. | Posted 06.14.2015 | Education
Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.

Ultimately, when taught and learned together, mindfulness and SEL have the potential to transform our communities and our world with the former cultivating the tendencies for compassion and ethical ways of living and the latter teaching the skills to make that happen.

Social-Emotional Learning: Why Now?

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D. | Posted 03.17.2015 | Education
Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.

Yet a closer examination of the science behind social-emotional learning reveals a story of human development that suggests an even deeper reason for implementing it -- one that goes beyond teaching these skills solely to remedy our social ills or to enhance academic success.

Whose Kids Are These Anyway?

Annie Fox | Posted 03.08.2015 | Education
Annie Fox

I do a lot of parent education and am always very clear with the parents in my workshops that their prime objective is to raise young adults of good character. Character development is in their job description. It's in the job description of teachers too.

Who Will Be the Next School Shooter?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 12.27.2014 | Education
Stuart Muszynski

Can we -- should we -- accept the chilling reality that, even with school-wide crisis drills, metal detectors, and other safety measures, a shooter somewhere in our own community is inevitable? Or are there other measures that, short of ensuring safety, can be helpful?

How Social-Emotional Learning Transforms Classrooms

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.29.2014 | Education
Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.

Research clearly demonstrates that integrating social-emotional learning (SEL) into the classroom is good for both students and the adults who work with them. But there's a story that the research hasn't captured -- the one of powerful transformation.

Please Help Our Boys

Samantha Kurtzman-Counter | Posted 08.17.2014 | Parents
Samantha Kurtzman-Counter

"The country has to do some soul searching about this. This is becoming the norm and we take it for granted in ways that, as a parent, are terrifying ...

A New Model of School Reform

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D. | Posted 07.23.2014 | Education
Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.

Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), an urban district with demographics and challenges similar to Newark's, has taken a very different tack to school reform -- and it's not costing $100 million.

Empowering Families: Parenting Education Is Essential

Eve Sullivan | Posted 06.28.2014 | Parents
Eve Sullivan

Our goals are the same: we seek to take the best of both tradition and innovation while avoiding the worst of either. This is quite a juggling act, to be sure. I believe parents in the Arab world and the West, indeed parents around the world, can more effectively help each other if we see our common concerns.

How to Integrate Social/Emotional Learning Into Common Core

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D. | Posted 04.16.2014 | Education
Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.

I found that the Common Core Standards provide an excellent excuse for the teaching of social-emotional skills. But even then, there's still something missing.

Mentoring: Unlocking Young People's Potential

Dan Cardinali | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

Building a relationship with a caring adult is the foundation for many great things. Kids who are at risk desperately need the sense of security that high-quality mentoring can offer. It's about fostering trust and opening up a young person's mind to possibility.

Learning to Be Kind

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis | Posted 02.09.2014 | Education
Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis

"All I really need to know I learned in Kindergarten." This tried and true phrase has been used over and over again by people seeking to explain the ...

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Purely Academic?

Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff, | Posted 02.04.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Brozost and Vimmi Shroff,

During parent teacher conferences, is it more important to discuss a child's academic development or their social/emotional well-being? This often asked question can be answered simply by stating that both are critical aspects to your child's school life.

The World Needs Uncommon Children, Not More Conformists

Steve Nelson | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Steve Nelson

I cherish uncommon children who dye their hair purple, ask uncomfortable questions and solve problems in ways that I'd never considered. The world needs more artists, eccentrics, rebels and dreamers, not more cookie cutter adults.

Sibling Bullying Isn't the Problem

Ross Szabo | Posted 08.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Ross Szabo

By fixating on all of these issues we're missing the opportunity to give kids the tools they need to handle these outside forces. We can't remove all of the things threatening kids, but we can help them understand how to cope.

If They Believe, Even the Most Disadvantaged Children Can Achieve

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 08.05.2013 | Good News
Stuart Muszynski

Much has been written about the cycle of poverty and under-achievement in urban schools. But too few stories have appeared about the most at-risk students who have risen to the occasion to graduate, achieve and contribute to their schools, communities and families.

Communities Hold the Answer to Student Success

Jennifer Peck | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Peck

Given that school finance systems are often not designed to provide equitable opportunities for student learning and support, the Community School approach is an effective and efficient way to make the most of existing resources to meet a child's needs.