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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.

Harvard Social Emotional Learning

Oct 01, 2019


Professional Support for Social–Emotional Development and Positive School Climate

The Ecological Approaches to Social Emotional Learning laboratory (EASEL) at Harvard University is testing the use of flexible, bite-sized lessons to teach social and emotional learning. The “kernels” are designed to be adaptable to students’ interests and needs.

Gaming Boost Learning

Oct 01, 2019


Gaming Curriculum to Develop SEL Skills and College & Career Readiness

An esports league has launched a free high school curriculum to help teachers use gaming to boost student learning. Gaming Concepts, from the High School Esports League (HSEL), was written as a turnkey curriculum that almost anyone with even rudimentary computer skills can teach.

Reading social emotional learning

Sep 16, 2019


Digital Tools for Social–Emotional Learning

In honor of National Literacy Month and students heading back to school, Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) and Macy’s are offering new, free resources and digital tools to support the fight against the national literacy crisis. The newly created “Be Your Best Yousocial–emotional learning (SEL) collection focuses on the themes of confidence and empowerment.

empathy, kindness, ethics

Sep 05, 2019


Challenge to Make Kindness Commonplace

A project of Stand with Children, the Middle School Kindness Challenge is an easy and free way to make kindness commonplace and improve school climate and student learning in the critical middle school years.

Lessons on addressing violence

Aug 15, 2019


Ideas for Establishing a Safe, Inclusive Learning Community

Across the United States, students are returning to school amidst another nationwide tragedy. And once again, teachers are faced with the challenge of establishing a positive, safe, and reflective classroom in the wake of horrific violence. The staff of Facing History and Ourselves has produced the Teaching Idea Teaching in the Wake of Violence” to help educators address recent attacks.


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