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Promoting academic, social, and emotional learning for lifelong success

Attitude of Gratitude

During a recent conversation with my mother, she commented about how quickly she felt the holiday season was upon us. She said that she hated how quickly it seemed to be passing by, and how she wished that she could bottle it up because people seem to be a bit kinder, gentler, and more grateful during this time of year. So, this got me to thinking... What if we cultivated this type of attitude...

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Nelson Mandela's Life was a Lesson in Social and Emotional Learning

With the recent news coverage, web postings, and conversations about the inspiring life that was lived by Rights Activist, Nelson Mandela, the time is ripe to engage students in discussions about social and emotional learning in the context of freedom, forgiveness, and acceptance.  Linking real-world events to SEL lessons is a perfect way to showcase what SEL is, teach essential skills, and demons...

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What is social and emotional learning?

What do you think of when you hear the phrase, social and emotional learning? What does it mean? What does it look like? If it were happening in a classroom, would you recognize it? I ask these questions quite often of teachers and parents who attend my SEL trainings. The responses run the gamut, but I typically hear, "I'm not sure," or "I think I'm doing it a little bit," or my personal favori...

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Happiness + Positive School Climate = Learning

For the past few decades, researchers in the field of Social and Emotional Learning have stressed that SEL is foundational to students' success in school, work, and life. Who would've thought that key factor in this "success" is happiness? Several years ago, when I worked as a social worker in Michigan, I recall walking into a middle school and thinking, "this has to be the least happy...

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