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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Federal Grant Aims to Help Schools Boost Noncognitive Skills is from Ed Week.
Urban Districts Embrace Social-Emotional Learning is also from Ed Week.
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.
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 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.
I was looking for short videos that give good introductions to Social Emotional Learning, and am adding these two to this list:
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.
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.
Inner Drive has some fabulous SEL-related infographics. You can see them all here.
16 simple social skills that will make you more likable is a great piece from Business Insider. I think it would be a good one to share with students.
Social-Emotional Learning: States Collaborate to Craft Standards, Policies is from Ed Week, and has me – and others – a bit concerned. Here’s a tweet voicing my doubts, too:
Social emotional STANDARDS? Let’s hope this potentially valuable focus doesn’t turn into NCLB style data obsession. https://t.co/ga79rNZWSz
— Harvey Daniels (@smokeylit) August 2, 2016
How Poverty Affects The Brain is from Newsweek.
How to Bring SEL to Students with Disabilities is from Greater Good.
Commission Formed to Advance Schools’ Focus on Social, Emotional Development is from Ed Week. Ed Source has an article on the same topic.
Emotion, Sociality, and the Brain’s Default Mode Network meanders a bit, but provides many research insights into Social Emotional Learning.
Creating Healthy Schools: Ten Key Ideas for the SEL and School Climate Community is from The American Institutes For Research.
When Districts Support and Integrate Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a report from The American Institutes For Research.
How are districts measuring progress on SEL? is from Education Dive.
Why Social and Emotional Skills Are Vital to Keep At-Risk Students on Track is from MindShift.
On the Interpretation of Non-Cognitive Skills: What Is Being Measured and Why It Matters is a useful research paper. Thanks to Paul Bruno for the tip.
Grading Soft Skills: The Brookings Soft Skills Report Card is from Education Next. It raises some interesting points, though I don’t agree with all of them.
The Year of Conquering Negative Thinking is from The New York Times.
Seven Facts on Noncognitive Skills from Education to the Labor Market looks very interesting. It’s from The Hamilton Project.
The Social Emotional Learning Effect is from The Atlantic.
What Does It Take to Climb Up the Ladder? is from The New York Times.
ASCD summarizes a recent study on the economic benefits of SEL:
Across all six programs, the study found that “identified benefits outweigh the costs by a factor of 11:1.”
Do Messages About Social-Emotional Learning Harm Students of Color? is from Education Week.
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