Helpful Ideas

20 07, 2017

6 Ways to Leverage ESSA Funds: Improving Professional Development with SEL

By | July 20th, 2017|Helpful Ideas, SEL|0 Comments

What is one of the most impactful things we can do to improve education for all students? Ensure our educators are knowledgeable and adept at their jobs by providing relevant, impactful professional development. States are realizing that the traditional one-day workshop model can be dramatically strengthened by implementing comprehensive professional development that fosters a culture [...]

13 07, 2017

 Managing Stress for a More Successful School Year: 10 De-Stressing Tips

By | July 13th, 2017|Helpful Ideas, SEL|0 Comments

Working in education is extremely rewarding, but there are always those school days that feel extremely difficult and stressful. Some stress is perfectly normal, but if it gets out of control, stress can lead to some pretty harmful health concerns including hypertension, headaches, and even anxiety and depression. This school year, be proactive about keeping [...]

6 07, 2017

Did You Know? You Can Leverage Title IV Grants for SEL Programming!

By | July 6th, 2017|Helpful Ideas, Legislative, SEL|0 Comments

ESSA specifies that Local Education Agencies that receive $30,000 in Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants (SSAE) must direct portions of that money toward three priorities: - Well-rounded educational opportunities (20% of the budget) - Safe and supportive practices (20% of the budget) - Effective use of technology (at least some portion of the budget) [...]

29 06, 2017

SEL After Hours: 5 Tips for Including SEL in Summer and Afterschool Programs

By | June 29th, 2017|Helpful Ideas, SEL|0 Comments

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) doesn’t need to stop when the bell rings. Create a plan to incorporate SEL instruction and training into afterschool programs, summer school, and professional development sessions. Get inspired with these five ideas: Integrate SEL with Core Academics: Social and emotional skills are implicitly woven into [...]

22 06, 2017

The Missing Piece: A History of SEL in Schools

By | June 22nd, 2017|Helpful Ideas, Research, SEL|0 Comments

Author W.B. Yeats once said, “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.” The goal of any school system is not to merely fill students’ minds with figures and facts but to help students to become thinkers and doers. We can do this by developing skills that will help [...]

15 06, 2017

SEL Starts at Home: Getting Families Involved This Summer

By | June 15th, 2017|Fun, Helpful Ideas, SEL|0 Comments

Families are critical partners in developing the social and emotional skills of their children. Getting families involved in the process of teaching social and emotional skills is one of the best ways to promote SEL instruction and support the development of these skills throughout the year. So, before the last bell rings to release students [...]

8 06, 2017

3 Tips to Help You Relax, Rest and Recharge This Summer

By | June 8th, 2017|Fun, Helpful Ideas|0 Comments

The school year is winding down. Final exams, end-of-year programs, and closing down the classrooms and buildings are keeping us all busy and looking forward to a well-deserved break. Summer is the perfect time to tap into a few social and emotional strategies so you can truly rejuvenate. By the time fall comes around, you [...]

1 06, 2017

What’s in a Name? 21st Century Skills vs Social and Emotional Learning

By | June 1st, 2017|Helpful Ideas, Research, SEL|0 Comments

There is a lot of discussion among educators, researchers and policy makers about the importance of 21st Century Skills and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). While closely related, these terms, and the sets of skills they represent, are quite distinct. Because of inconsistencies in terminology, it is easy to confuse these two concepts. A better [...]