16 11, 2017

SEL and Your Community: Five Ideas for Involving Community Members to Support Your Students

By | November 16th, 2017|Helpful Ideas, SEL|0 Comments

5 Ideas for Connecting SEL to Your Local Community Brainstorming ways to support students and their social, emotional, and academic needs? Try looking outside of school and students’ homes. Consider reaching out to local community leaders to promote social and emotional learning (SEL) and academic achievement. Here are five ideas to get you started. Afterschool [...]

9 11, 2017

How are States Incorporating SEL into their ESSA Frameworks?

By | November 9th, 2017|Helpful Ideas, Legislative, SEL|0 Comments

There are many ways states have integrated social and emotional learning (SEL) in their new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans. Here is a snapshot of the ways a few states ─ Illinois, Washington, and Wisconsin ─ are embedding SEL in their ESSA plans. Consider these examples as you think through ways to expand your [...]

2 11, 2017

3 DIY Classroom Furniture Hacks That Support SEL

By | November 2nd, 2017|Fun, Helpful Ideas, SEL|0 Comments

You don’t have to create Feng Shui, but classroom furniture and accessories — and how you arrange them — can have a big impact on your daily routine, student interaction and collaboration, and even student behavior. Set yourself and your students up for success this year with these three DIY ideas for creating and organizing [...]

26 10, 2017

How SEL Can Help Reduce Bullying

By | October 26th, 2017|Helpful Ideas, SEL|0 Comments

What causes bullying in schools? Research suggests that teens bully when they have insufficient self-confidence, social acceptance, respect, and/or feelings of insecurity. Schools continuously work to reduce bullying, but unfortunately there are no fast or easy solutions. In the spirit of Bullying Prevention Month, learn more about why students resort to bullying and how social [...]

19 10, 2017

How to Secure Funding for Your Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Program

By | October 19th, 2017|Helpful Ideas, Research, SEL|0 Comments

SEL provides many benefits, including increased academic performance, decreased negative behaviors, and long-term economic gains to society. More and more states, districts, and afterschool organizations are rolling out SEL programs to better support students. Yet like most initiatives, SEL programs need sustainable funding. To help ensure you have the funds you need to support your [...]

12 10, 2017

Teacher Buy-in is Underrated: Why Making Their Jobs Easier is ALWAYS a Good Idea

By | October 12th, 2017|Helpful Ideas, SEL|0 Comments

 Sometimes there is a disconnect between decision makers and the teachers and support staff who will be implementing a new program. If your staff doesn’t understand social and emotional learning (SEL) or its proven benefits, they may view it as yet another item on their very full plates. As you build out your SEL program, [...]

5 10, 2017

Four Ideas to Integrate SEL into Your Core Curricula

By | October 5th, 2017|Helpful Ideas, SEL|0 Comments

Teaching and reinforcing SEL concepts within core content helps students engage in learning and develop more meaningful connections to academic material. To help you get started, we’ve outlined ideas on how to embed SEL into the core subjects English language arts (ELA), math, social studies, and science. Get started today, and you’ll be amazed at [...]

28 09, 2017

Create a Healthy Appetite for Learning by Teaching Good Nutrition

By | September 28th, 2017|Fun, Helpful Ideas, SEL|0 Comments

We’ve all heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” But did you know that what you eat can affect how well you learn? A healthy diet is vital to a student’s academic achievement. Unfortunately, many students in the United States do not have access to nutritious foods, and this could impact their performance in [...]