How Meditation Breaks Support Social and Emotional Learning in ECE

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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....

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

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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...

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How Parents Can Support SEL in Schools

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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...

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The Future of Social Emotional Learning in K-12 Education

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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...

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The Long-Term Impact of Social Emotional Learning

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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...

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4 Ways SEL Impacts Communities and Society

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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...

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Improving Career Readiness with Social Emotional Learning

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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...

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3 Benefits of SEL for Teachers in the Classroom

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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...

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

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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. ...

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

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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...

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SEL and English Language Learners

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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 ...

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The Powerful Impact of SEL for Special Education Students

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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...

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How Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Can Improve Mental Health

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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...

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The Importance of Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

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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...

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

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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...

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

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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...

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

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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 ...

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

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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...

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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

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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...

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How to Connect With Your Students and Understand Their Emotions

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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...

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