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Promoting academic, social, and emotional learning for lifelong success
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Students First: A Great Approach for the Newly-Adopted Learning Standards

If you have attended one of my classes or are a frequent reader of this blog, then you know that I am a very strong advocate for social and emotional learning (SEL). There is tons of research to support that social and emotional learning is fundamental to youth development and has a tremendous impact on academic achievement. With the adoption of the Common Core State Standards fo...

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Back-to-School

Teachers: Getting Back into the Swing of Things

Teachers, as you return to school and welcome students to another year of learning and growing, feel free to "ease" back into things. Do not be too hard on yourself if you're feeling out-of-sorts or still in vacation mode. When you take your time to adjust and get organized, you may alleviate the feeling of being overwhelmed and/or burned out early in the school year. So, as you begin to think...

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