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The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources



Check out my Washington Post column, The manipulation of Social Emotional Learning

I’ll be writing a post soon in my Education Week Teacher column about Social Emotional Learning (SEL) (sometimes referred to as “character” education) soon, and thought it would be useful to develop a “The Best…” list on the topic.

Here are my choices for The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources (I’m going to first start with sharing posts and resources from this blog, and then highlight several other sites):

You might want to visit the publishers website for my book, Helping Students Motivate Themselves. If you click on “sample chapters,” you’ll be able to get several lesson plans and hand-outs for free related to SEL.

Social Skills Training Report Is Even More Interesting Than I Thought… is a post on recent SEL research.

The Best Resources For Learning About Teens & Stress

The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset”

The Best Resources For Learning About The Importance Of “Grit”

My Best Posts On Students Setting Goals

My Best Posts On “Motivating” Students

My Best Posts About Helping Students Develop Their Capacity For Self-Control

The Best Resources For Learning How To Best Give Feedback To Students

The Best Posts On Metacognition

The Best Summaries/Reviews Of Research On Social Emotional Learning – Let Me Know What I’ve Missed

The Best Articles About The Study Showing Social Emotional Learning Isn’t Enough

The Best Resources On “Gratitude”
The Best Ways To Use Stephen Curry & The Warriors For Teaching Social Emotional Learning Skills

Now, for other resources:

Maurice Elias writes a great blog for Edutopia on SEL.

The Collaborative For Academic, Social and Emotional Learning has many resources.

Edutopia has a Social and Emotional Learning page.

Education Week also has a number of SEL resources.

Prof. James Heckman Says Adolescence Is Key Time To Teach (& Learn About) Self-Control & Perseverance (this post includes several useful videos)

Social and Emotional Learning Research Review is from Edutopia.

‘How Children Succeed’ — Q&A with Paul Tough is from The Washington Post.

Paul Tough on how children succeed. Hint: It’s not academics
is from Maclean’s.

The grit factor: hard to measure, hard to succeed without is from Ed Source.

Quote Of The Day: “Lifelines For Poor Children”

Mind in The Making has developed a very useful list of children’s books divided up by the different SEL skills that are taught through them. They would be great for younger students and for English Language Learners.

Teaching the Whole Child: Instructional Practices That Support Social-Emotional Learning in Three Teacher Evaluation Frameworks is a report from the American Institutes For Research.

Social-Emotional Programs Target Students’ Long-Term Behavior is from Education Week.

I’ve posted another three-part series in Ed Week about teaching character.

Socialization technique helps in academic achievement, trial study finds is from The Washington Post, and describes results from a study on using Social Emotional Learning in the classroom. Here’s more info on the same research.

Here’s One More Small Thing I’m Doing To Help Students See The Importance Of Social Emotional Learning

Who Gets To Graduate is by Paul Tough and appears in The New York Times. He raises many useful points, but misses others. Those “misses” are pointed out in a good response in The EduOptimists titled Doing What’s Easy: Comments on “Who Gets to Graduate?” IT echoes similar points I made in a Washington Post piece, The manipulation of Social Emotional Learning. Here’s an excerpt from The EduOptimists:

The unfortunate outcome of the focus on the research of these individuals is that policymakers and practitioners are being given further reason to view achievement gaps as the cognitive problems of individuals rather than the result of failures in the structures of our schools and societal policies.

Teach The Teachers Well is from The New York Times.

Integrating Social-Emotional Learning Into High School is from Ed Week.

New Study Reinforces Previous Ones Showing SEL Lessons Need To Be Short & Simple

VERY Interesting Info On The Results Of KIPP’s “Character Education” Program

“Character Education: A Cautionary Note”

Sacramento city schools focus on emotional learning is a Sacramento Bee story about our district’s SEL program, directed by the extraordinary Mai Xi Lee.

Q&A with Daniel Goleman: How the Research Supports Social-Emotional Learning is from Edutopia.

Two New Big SEL Studies – & Neither Are Particularly Useful

“Grit” Runs Amok In The New York Times

Frazz Teaches A Social Emotional Learning Lesson

Study: Conscientiousness + Curiosity = Academic Success

Maurice J. Elias has written a very useful article titled Social-emotional skills can boost Common Core implementation for Phi Delta Kappan. Unfortunately, if you’re not a subscriber, it costs $5, which I thought was worth paying.

New Study Finds Value In Social Emotional Learning

Somewhat Odd NY Times Column On Social Emotional Learning

No, No, No! Grading Students On Grit & Gratitude Comes To Our Area

“” Has Some Very Good SEL-Related Video Clips

Ways To Prioritize Social Emotional Learning Without Grading It

Important New Study: No Child Left Behind Hurts Long-Term Student Success

With Friends Like David Brooks, Social Emotional Learning Doesn’t Need Any Enemies

New Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources

This Looks Like A Pretty Important Stanford Report On Social Emotional Learning

Nothing New In New “Top 20 Principles from Psychology for Teaching,” But Still Very Useful

A Cornucopia Of Useful Social Emotional Learning Resources

Boy, There Are Sure A Lot Of Numbers To Mull Over In This NY Times Column…

New Social Emotional Learning Skills Resources

New Federal Grant Aims to Help Schools Boost Noncognitive Skills is from Ed Week.

Urban Districts Embrace Social-Emotional Learning is also from Ed Week.

“Control Your Destiny”: Positive Self-Talk, Students & Stephen Curry

Here are some useful resources connecting Social Emotional Learning with Common Core Standards:

Social and emotional learning gaining new focus under Common Core is a very useful and interesting article published by Ed Source.

How Are Social-Emotional Learning and the Common Core Connected? is by Maurice Elias.

Social-emotional skills can boost Common Core implementation is also by Maurice Elias.

Teaching The Whole Child

How to Integrate Social-Emotional Learning into Common Core is from The Greater Good Science Center.

Integrating Social Emotional Curricula and the Common Core is from Inside the Classroom, Outside The Box.

Webinar: Social-Emotional Learning Integrated with Academic Literacy Equals Secondary Students’ Common Core Success is from WestEd.

Webinar Recording: Where Does Resiliency Fit in the Common Core? is from ScholarCentric.

Resiliency Key to Students’ Success in Common Core is from the same group.

Survey Suggests Social and Emotional Learning Has Staked a Claim in Schools is from Ed Week.

Does This Big New Study On The Importance Of Social Skills Become A New “Marshmallow Test”?

Good NY Times Column On Social Emotional Learning This Morning

I was looking for short videos that give good introductions to Social Emotional Learning, and am adding these two to this list:

Statistic Of The Day: What Character Strengths Predict Well-Being?

Instead Of High School Exit Exams For Civics, Study Suggests SEL Programs Would Be Better Way To Go

Mindset Scholars Network Website Is Key New Resource For Social Emotional Learning

New Study Finds Academic Benefits To Social Emotional Learning

Study Finds Teachers Whose Students Achieve High Test Scores Often Don’t Do As Well With SEL Skills

To Measure What Tests Can’t, Some Schools Turn To Surveys is from NPR. I’m skeptical.

Learning soft skills in childhood can prevent harder problems later is from a California public radio station.

Another Study Shows Limitations Of Standardized Tests For Teacher Evaluations

NY Times Reports On Social Emotional Learning Run Amok

Tap Ed Tech to Improve Social-Emotional Learning, Report Urges is from Ed Week.

When Social and Emotional Learning Is Key to College Success is from The Atlantic.

Mai Xi Lee has done a tremendous job working with schools in our district to implement Social Emotional Learning.

In this video, you’ll hear what it looks like (and, you’ll see a few clips of me and my classroom :) ):

Why Don’t Students Take Social-Emotional Learning Home? is from Greater Good.

Research Says / The X Factor in College Success is from ASCD Educational Leadership.

Is There ‘Summer Melt’ for Social-Emotional Learning, Too? is from Ed Week.

Scholars: Better Gauges Needed for ‘Mindset,’ ‘Grit’ is from Ed Week.

Students Help Design Measures of Social-Emotional Skills is from Ed Week.

Feedback and/or Additional suggestions are always welcome.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


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