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The winning combo of SEL + good school climate | SELConnections

Katie Brohawn
Thursday, May 11, 2017
The literature is rife with studies finding associations between classroom management practices (both positive and negative) and students’ academic performance. However, to date, little research has directly examined the association between such practices and school climate. New studies reveal good news about the combination of social emotional learning and praise/reward systems' effect on school climate, and vice-versa. Read full post

Lessons Learned From Nurturing SEL in Expanded Learning Time | SELConnections

Katie Brohawn
Friday, December 2, 2016
How intentional should educators be when implementing SEL in the expanded learning space? Do they need a commercially available curriculum or can they make their own? Do students need to take an SEL ‘class’ or is SEL best delivered as a set of overarching practices? How much training does staff need? A recent report by Public Profit titled "Nurturing Social-Emotional Learning in Out-of-School Time" sought to explore the answers to these questions Read full post

More Than Just Fun: Learning Through Play | SELConnections

Shannon Stagman
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Are play and recreation a vital component of the educational experience? Neuroscience says so. A recent article in The Atlantic entitled “Learning Through Play” reports on the return of recreation time in the school day in response to the growing body of evidence that play is crucial to learning, and notes the work being done to improve the quality of structured play in educational settings. Read full post

International Perspectives on Social and Emotional Learning | SELConnections

Saskia Traill
Monday, November 23, 2015
If you could drop in on an English lesson in a secondary school in Shanghai, China, what might you see? I had the opportunity to visit Shanghai Ganquan Foreign Language Middle School this month as part of a cross-city working group organized by the Asia Society that focused on 21st-century competencies. The cities represented in the convening – Denver, Hiroshima, New York, Seattle, Seoul, Shanghai and Singapore – have common goals and struggles. Here are some highlights and lessons from my trip. Read full post

On Marshmallows and the Importance of Trusting Relationships | SELConnections

Shannon Stagman
Thursday, October 22, 2015
What do marshmallows and reliable adults have to do with impulse control in children? A recent article reports on a study entitled "Marshmallow Test, Revisited" that makes a connection between delayed gratification and the presence of trusting relationships. Read full post

Building on Strengths: Teens and the Emotional Brain | SELConnections

Katie Brohawn
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
In a recent interview, Dr. Dan Siegel, executive director of the Mindsight Institute, talks about the emotional region of the brain, the limbic system, that’s constantly getting signals from the body and even other areas of the brain. “We know when we look at brain scans of adolescents, that this emotional region is just more active than it is in childhood, or even for us as adults.” Read full post

Outside-in with Pixar's 'Inside Out' | SELConnections

Katie Brohawn
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
This past weekend, I found myself ruminating about Ekman’s faces -- pictures of facial expressions used in studying emotions -- while watching the new Pixar film "Inside Out." So, what can an animated movie teach us about social and emotional learning? Read full post
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