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...

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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...

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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. ...

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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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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...

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The Importance of Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

SEL Teacher working with student

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


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


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


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


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


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


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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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...

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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 ...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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