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Social-Emotional Learning

The application of skills to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

Dec 14, 2018

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How Constructive Connections Can Change Your Classroom

I have received more apologies from former students in the drive-through of fast food restaurants than I can count. The scene is always the same: I place my order, feel a bit embarrassed that my desire to eat local and organic food has been foiled once again, and then pull up to get my order. I roll down my window and hear, “Mrs. C!” Each time, I recognize the face—older than what I remember, but always the same smile. Almost immediately, the words start cascading out of their mouth: “I’m so sorry for how I acted in high school.”

Children in eastern Finland in what is considered one of the most important activities of the day: recess.

Nov 23, 2018

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Can this 12-Step Program from Finland Aid U.S. Education?

We are two American public-school dads who just returned from a fact-finding trip through Finland.

We wanted to see what the United States could learn from an education system that consistently receives top marks from UNICEF, the OECD, and the World Economic Forum.

Nov 16, 2018

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One Educator’s Journey in Creating a Choir to Roar About

The student body at Crystal Lake Central (CLC) High School is a diverse community of students from a variety of backgrounds, abilities and interests, including students enrolled in the Life Skills program. These students may struggle with emotional connections, physical limitations, or cognitive understanding. Regardless of their individual challenges, they bond through their school experience as Central Tigers.

Social Emotional Labor

Nov 02, 2018

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What Makes a School Successful?

I was fortunate to spend the last few days in Tacoma, Washington, learning with folks from the Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development. I got to have conversations with lots of smart adults about ways we can support kids and how teachers, researchers, and policymakers need to work in partnership to do that work. But to be honest, the best part of the trip was when we drove to a local middle school to see the Tacoma Whole Child Initiative in action.

Autism Games

Oct 15, 2018

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SPOTLIGHT! On a Spectrum of Possibilities

Every day, students with autism bring life experiences into the classroom that can make learning a challenge. Immersive online games can help these students navigate their unique social or emotional challenges and build self-confidence. These games can also help classmates understand the experiences of their peers with autism.

Game to Improve Social and Emotional Skills
Adventures Aboard the S.S. GRIN, a nine-episode online game, is designed to teach social skills to children aged 7–12 who experience social behavioral problems and lack of motivation.

Game to Educate Children About Autism
College students in Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center have developed a free 30-minute video game called Prism to help elementary-aged students understand the experiences of their peers with autism.

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