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Social Emotional Learning

Social-Emotional Learning: Why Now?

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D. | Posted 01.15.2015 | 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 01.08.2015 | 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.

This Revolution Is Not Being Televised

Sam Chaltain | Posted 01.13.2013 | Education
Sam Chaltain

There's an important new consensus developing around how people learn -- and a missed opportunity about how to start applying that knowledge in schools. We'd be wise to pay closer attention to both trends.

As War Horse Closes on Broadway, Its Lessons Live On

Kate Quarfordt | Posted 12.28.2012 | Education
Kate Quarfordt

When a mutually supportive balance is struck between experiential learning driven by students' passions and direct instruction grounded in the skills they need, kids become equally hungry for both.

An Introduction to Mindfulness for Teachers and Their Students

Susan Kaiser Greenland | Posted 07.30.2012 | Education
Susan Kaiser Greenland

The secular mindfulness approach we teach is not a narrow one that offers techniques for every "difficult" situation, but rather a process-oriented approach through which educators learn a way of being with youth that strengthens and supports how they communicate and teach.

Let's Put the Child Back Together -- The Social, Emotional, Physical, and Cognitive Child

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 05.29.2012 | Education
Ellen Galinsky

Although there are times when learning is more cognitive than social or more emotional than cognitive, when children are fully engaged in learning, they are engaged on all these levels.

Why Suspension Makes No Sense in the Early Grades

Laura Bornfreund | Posted 05.22.2012 | Education
Laura Bornfreund

In the early grades, discipline should be a teaching tool. Suspension does not teach. When it comes to young children, even one suspension is too many.

Reducing Conflict in Children: Lessons From Larry Aber

Ellen Galinsky | Posted 11.21.2011 | Education
Ellen Galinsky

Building on the prior laboratory work of Kenneth Dodge, Aber and his colleagues began to investigate what goes on in children's minds when they are provoked.

Ready for School? Executive Function = Success

Susan Kaiser Greenland | Posted 10.31.2011 | Parents
Susan Kaiser Greenland

The term "Executive Function" may sound more relevant to business school than elementary school, yet it's crucial to your child's social and emotional development.

Making Happiness a Habit Through Mindfulness

Susan Kaiser Greenland | Posted 10.12.2011 | Parents
Susan Kaiser Greenland

What if happiness was a habit that we could teach children? We can. Qualities that lead away from happiness and qualities that lead toward happiness are all rooted in habits developed in the past.

Why Education?

Sean Slade | Posted 10.03.2011 | Education
Sean Slade

Why do we have education? What is the rationale behind schooling? Is it just to transfer content knowledge or is that just a part of a larger picture?

How Many Sacred Cows Does It Take to Sustain a Movement?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 09.26.2011 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Our own history tells us just how possible, and difficult, it is to turn ideas and energy into transformational change.