The Research Behind Social Emotional Learning

Over the past several years, social emotional learning (SEL) has come under fire in school districts across the country. Yet the research shows that the positive impact of SEL programs continues throughout the life of the student. Social emotional learning programs are as crucial to the education of a child as are math and reading. Students Who Par...

6 Ways Districts Can Ensure Social-Emotional Support for Gifted Students

Guest post by Beth Rush, an education reporter at Body+Mind who writes about the importance of teaching climate consciousness in public and private schools. Follow Beth on X (formerly Twitter) @bodymindmag.   Gifted students have exceptional cognitive abilities but still require special attention to their social and emotional development. Reco...

Wellbeing Matters

School Day is a company dedicated to the wellbeing of students. Our social emotional learning (SEL) program is designed to help teachers create an environment in which students can learn. Education is about more than just learning how to read, to write, and do math. Today's students are growing up in an environment where technology is changing so q...

How Social Emotional Learning Helps Students in the Age of AI

AI is here and is becoming a fundamental part of our everyday lives. With recent and projected advances in AI, this perpetually evolving technology is only going to become more integral in everything we do. But the rapid proliferation of AI, especially in education and in work settings, has led to a remarkably high level of anxiety for many of us. ...

How Meditation Breaks Support Social and Emotional Learning in ECE

Guest post by Beth Rush, an education reporter at Body+Mind who writes about the importance of teaching climate consciousness in public and private schools. Follow Beth on X (formerly Twitter) @bodymindmag.  Social and emotional skills are essential for your child's growth and development, helping them handle life's challenges as they grow up....

The Case for Introducing Social Emotional Learning in K-3 Education

There has been a growing understanding that academic success is only one part of a child's development. As districts focus on preparing students for the challenges of the future, educators are turning their attention to social emotional learning (SEL) as a key instrument. There are compelling reasons why introducing SEL in K-3 education is more tha...

How Parents Can Support SEL in Schools

Social emotional learning (SEL) has come under fire in recent years, even though the research is indisputable regarding the overall benefits of social emotional learning in K-12 classrooms. In fact, Edutopia shared news about a 2023 meta-analysis comprised of "424 studies involving over half a million K-12 students, scrutinizing school-based SEL pr...

The Future of Social Emotional Learning in K-12 Education

The way in which we measure academic achievement is expanding to encompass a holistic approach to student development. Social emotional learning (SEL) is emerging as a pivotal piece of the academic puzzle, and the more we learn about the profound impact that emotional intelligence has on academic success and lifelong wellbeing, the more significant...

The Long-Term Impact of Social Emotional Learning

Social emotional learning (SEL) programs have been used in schools since the 1970s, when the concept of SEL and the importance of teaching students social and emotional skills first gained popularity. Early programs from the 70s and 80s provided the foundation for modern SEL programs. In 1994, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional L...

4 Ways SEL Impacts Communities and Society

Social emotional learning (SEL) doesn't benefit only those students receiving the instruction. SEL also has a profound impact on their communities and society as a whole. Here are four ways SEL impacts communities and society: Conflict Resolution People with strong SEL skills can effectively resolve conflicts, thereby reducing tension and promoting...

SEL and English Language Learners

Starting a new school year can be stressful, but that stress is amplified for students who are learning English as a second language (ESL). According to the NEA, by 2025, 1 out of 4 children in classrooms across the nation will be an English language learner (ELL). As these students transition to a new language, social emotional learning (SEL) can ...

The Powerful Impact of SEL for Special Education Students

Social emotional learning (SEL) is a powerful tool for special education (SPED) students that extends beyond traditional academic instruction. SEL recognizes the essential role that emotions, relationships, and self-awareness play in the learning process. By fostering emotional intelligence, empathy, and self-regulation skills, SEL equips special e...

From Classroom to Real Life: How SEL Equips Teens for Success

Teenagers face a number of overwhelming and stressful challenges as they transition from the classroom to real life. But social emotional learning (SEL) can help make the process easier by giving teens the tools they need to enhance self-awareness, develop empathy, and improve decision-making skills. SEL equips teens for success in the workplace as...

How Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Can Improve Mental Health

A study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published in the American Medical Association's JAMA Pediatrics journal reports a considerable increase in the number of children diagnosed with mental health conditions. The study reveals that the number of children aged 3-17 years diagnosed with anxiety grew by 29% and those with d...

The Power of Social Emotional Learning: Why It Matters More Than Ever

Today's world – in both personal and professional spheres – increasingly demands that our students arrive prepared with the tools necessary to navigate life's challenges. Social emotional learning (SEL) is the way in which we help students develop those necessary skills, which include empathy, communication, and better self-regulation of emotions. ...

Improving Career Readiness with Social Emotional Learning

Social emotional learning (SEL) is becoming increasingly important in preparing students for their future careers. As the job market becomes more competitive, employers are looking for candidates who not only have the necessary technical skills but also possess strong social emotional skills. Social emotional learning helps students develop the sof...

3 Benefits of SEL for Teachers in the Classroom

Social emotional learning (SEL) – a scientifically backed method for improving learning by addressing social and mental health issues – is a critical piece of a comprehensive K-12 curriculum. SEL builds emotional intelligence (EQ) and helps students develop the skills necessary to apply the knowledge they gain in the classroom in meaningful ways th...

The Importance of Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

In the past few years, social emotional learning (SEL) has taken center stage and become recognized as a necessary and fundamental part of education, as students have been forced to cope with challenges well beyond the typical scope of a school day. According to the National Education Association, SEL works. The U.S. government believes social emot...

School Day Releases a Report on the State of Student Wellbeing in the United States

School Day releases report on the wellbeing of American students and how it has developed both during and post-pandemic. The report, American Schools Are Suffering From Long-term COVID, is based on 7 million student wellbeing survey answers and provides vast data and insight on how students are coping going back to school after several years of unc...

A Week with School Day – Best Classroom Tool for Teachers to Improve the Wellbeing of Students

Are you new to using School Day or just in need of a fresh restart? Introducing new tools into your schedule might sometimes feel like a stretch, but once routinized, they will actually bring clarity, order, and even some extra minutes to your day. For a more straightforward implementation, here's an example of how to get the most out of Schoo...

The Benefit of Asking Questions - Teachers Connecting And Cultivating Relationships With Students

One of the most invaluable things teachers have, is the close connection to their students. Spending so much time together means teachers have a unique standpoint when it comes to the long-term wellbeing of their students. In the hurdles of everyday school life, it's often impossible to keep the pulse on how each individual is doing. Some students ...

The Principal’s Guide to Using School Day to Maximize the Potential of Students

In the past, we've written about the immense workload of principals. From thought leadership, financial management, improvised substitute teaching, and lunch serving during the pandemic. Work is continuous juggling between unexpected situations and round-the-clock days. There's so much to do, so many possibilities – and so little time. At School Da...

A Partnership Between Erika’s Lighthouse and School Day Will Promote a Culture of Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing for Students in Grades 4-12

Chicago, Ill., September 6, 2022 – Erika's Lighthouse and School Day announced a partnership today to collaborate and cross-promote their resources to promote a culture of positive mental health and well-being among students in grades 4-12. Erika's Lighthouse is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating and raising awareness about adoles...

How to Connect With Your Students and Understand Their Emotions

Most teachers are committed to creating strong bonds with their students, but it's a good idea to check the pulse of the teacher–class relationship every once in a while. Especially after vacations, when your students have spent a long time in a different set-up than during the school year, maybe grown a few inches, they might suddenly seem like ne...

Towards a Softer School Culture - How to Build a Safer and More Trusting Classroom Environment

Healthy school culture is vital for school safety and effective social and emotional development. You know when the school climate is functioning well, with energized staff and enthusiastic students. Correspondingly, teachers gradually lose their drive when the school community isn't doing well. Students resort more easily to harmful coping techniq...

Professional Development Ideas and Strategies for Teachers Who Really Care About the Well-being of Their Students

Almost as much as teaching, the job of an educator is learning. Staying curious about the world doesn't stop at growing older – instead, the ability to acquire new knowledge and skills increases the more we have in our back pockets. Unfortunately, as the daily hurdles and pressures take up the hours in and out of school, there's only a little time ...

How to Improve Student Well-being on a Busy Schedule - Optimize Your School Day Experience

The teachers' time is sacred – there is not a minute to waste. We constantly hear from teachers who are doing everything for their students but struggle with finding the time to teach and enhance their class's well-being skills. When time is scarce, tools meant to help you can sometimes feel like just another task to take care of. That is something...

How to Build School Culture That Positively Affects Teaching, Learning, and Academic Success

No one, child or adult, performs well when their energy is focused on noise in the classroom, unclear instructions, or poorly functioning relationships with peers and colleagues. Research shows that students in schools with healthier climates also perform academically more robust. However, school culture is trickier to define than academic outcomes...

School Day Selected As One of the Startups in SETDA 2022 Cohort of Emerging Partners

May 17, 2022 (Washington, DC) —The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) announced the members of its ninth annual cohort of Emerging Private Sector Partners. These startups were selected through a competitive application process and will be introduced during SETDA's virtual Emerging Trends Forum taking place June 6-8, 2022.The...

May is the National Mental Health Month in the United States

May is the national mental health month in the United States ❤️  It's important to recognize when you need help with your mental health ✋   An occasional bad day is to be expected, but when things that used to be easy become consistently a lot more difficult, something's going on. In addition to getting physical symptoms checked...

Play, Curiosity, Well-being – The Secrets Behind Finland’s Education System's Success

When it comes to education, Finland has gathered a somewhat legendary reputation. There is undoubtedly a thing or two to borrow from the Finnish experience and Nordic system, succeeding both in academic performance and student happiness. To get you acquainted with what makes the Finnish school system so great, we are drawing the curtains for you by...

Enhancing Social and Emotional Learning with School Day Course Is Now Live on Microsoft Learn!

Ever wondered what social-emotional learning actually means? Not really sure how to implement it in your everyday classes? To better understand the concepts of wellbeing and bring them into your teaching routine, we've teamed up with Microsoft and created a brand-new course on social-emotional learning on Microsoft Learn! The 60-minute course consi...

Words from SEL Heroes | Best Practices to Implement Social-emotional Learning In The Classroom.

Last Friday, on World SEL Day, we asked our community to share their best practices to implement social-emotional learning. Looking at the answers, we are truly inspired by the professionality, resourcefulness, and passion of the educators of this community. To all SEL heroes out there: we cannot express enough how wonderful it is to know so many s...

You Can Now Manage Both Teacher and Student Well-being With School Day!

Over a couple of years, our team at School Day has collected over 6 million student answers through our platform. The platform has been a haven for students to express their feelings in an anonymous, easy-to-access environment openly. They have seen how their answers have flourished in classroom discussions exploring meaningful topics with their te...

Managing Student Well-being Needs to Start With a Deep Dive Into the Well-being of Our Educators

In our previous blog, we touched upon leading by example. However, much of the work teachers do affect or framed by their schools. So, in today's blog, we will explore how to best support and enable teachers to be the example we, as a community, need them to be. For teachers to successfully manage student well-being in their classroom, we need to s...

Best Practices for Teacher Well-being | Feel Good, Teach Better

However comprehensive and thorough the curriculum, there is always a teacher in the center. The dullest-seeming lesson or topic can turn into something inspiring and insightful with a resourceful and passionate teacher. For many, the joy of learning and seeing the world from a new perspective is the top reason to become a teacher in the first place...

How Can Educators Support Students Who Are Struggling with Learning Loss

What is Learning Loss? Learning loss is nothing new under the sun. The reasons behind it are manifold and derive from historical social and economic inequality. As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, the existing trends deepen and spread. Learning loss affects people of all ages, but the earlier it occurs, the more it impacts core skills such as readi...

Real-time data on student well-being to support students – School Day app piloted in Helsinki upper secondary schools  

Four Helsinki upper secondary schools will adopt the School Day app, developed to measure student well-being. The pilot schools are Kallio Upper Secondary School of Performing Arts, Helsingin kuvataidelukio, Ressu Upper Secondary School, and Helsinki Upper Secondary School of Natural Sciences. The School Day model consists of four main well-being a...

School Day Launches Assignments Integration with Microsoft Teams

Helsinki, Finland—November 30, 2021—School Day, a leading K-12 education social-emotional learning (SEL) and wellbeing company, today announced the availability of a new capability in Microsoft Teams. Educators can now assign School Day as part of a class assignment in Teams. This enables a more seamless and engaging experience for educators and st...

How to Measure Student Success Through Social-Emotional Skills

The pressure put on today's children and teenagers is overwhelming. They should be top of the class academically and athletically, engage as active community members, take responsibility at home, school, and sometimes work. Then there is the whole social scene: most of us remember how it felt to try to fit in, make a good impression and try to make...

It’s World Bullying Prevention Month - Here's How You Can Take Action Against Bullying!

Bullying doesn't really need an introduction. Unfortunately, we all know it, have either witnessed or experienced it. Bullying surfaces in different forms and on different platforms, but it always leaves a trace in the person experiencing it, potentially causing long and severe effects on their life. Although tough themes such as bullying are ...

Happy National Principals Month! Here's How You Can Show Your Gratitude to Your Principal

Schools are pretty magical places. A melting pot of great minds and inspiration, they bring together knowledge, experience, and innovativeness from students and staff alike. Supporting creativity and imagination while making sure the curriculum is followed land on the shoulders of principals, and that, by no means,&nbs...

The Path to Recovery Starts from Wellbeing

Although the pandemic is still very much happening, and there are millions of people living under severe restrictions, something has changed. We now look forward to a brighter future, gradually leaving behind the imminent danger of yet again being forced to cut physical contact with our nearest and dearest. You can hear children playing in schoolya...

School Day Makes Their Platform FREE for Teachers

We made our Teacher Subscription FREE and here's why Looking at the data collected with School Day we can see a clear drop globally - between just prior to the pandemic and the end of the 2021 school year - in how happy students are feeling. A concerning trend in students' social-emotional wellbeing is in their relation to others and to the sense o...

Happy National Substitute Appreciation Week Educators!

There are around 270 000 substitute teachers in the US. The art of being a substitute teacher is a delicate one. Jumping into new classroom situations, building trust and confidence from scratch. Taking over from someone else's curriculum and plans within just a short warning. Continuously adjusting to different dynamics both in the classroom and a...

Visma Acquires the School Day Dashboard Service for the Visualization of Student Administration Data and Strengthening Knowledge Management

Visma Enterprise Oy strengthens the cloud-based competence of student administration by acquiring the Dashboard service developed by School Day Helsinki Oy. The service visualizes the reports of educational institutions and provides reliable, up-to-date information for supporting management. Visma Enterprise is the market leader in electronic stude...

Happy Women’s Equality Day Educators! This Is How You Can Improve Equality in Your Classroom

Today, we celebrate the 19th Amendment to the Constitution that granted women the right to vote exactly 101 years ago on August 26th, 1920. Before that, suffragettes had fought for political equality for decades, dating to at least the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848. As the battle to vote shows, the road to equality is often long an...

Finnish Experience Flagship School Launches in Malaysia

UCSI International School (UIS) Kuala Lumpur has signed an MoA with Finnish Education Solutions (FEDS) to be inducted as the first Finnish Experience Flagship School in Malaysia. Read the full press release here. Through this holistic partnership, UIS KL will be introducing four new tech-based learning modules by Finnish education companies Eduten ...

New SEL Resources and Strategies to Kick-start the School Year!

Ready, Set, Back to School! The new school year is gradually starting, and we are excited to be sharing it with you! That being said, we know you have a busy year ahead, going from remote learning back to the classroom. Students and faculty alike will be faced with various thoughts, feelings, and emotional hurdles, and social-emotional skills will ...

Happy Pride Month from School Day!

In June, we stop to thank and support the LHBTIQ+ community and individuals who for decades have strived for justice and continue to do so. Everyone has the right to proudly be themselves, free of anybody else's prejudice. This is a core message at schools, too. Every student deserves to feel that they belong and be appreciated for who th...