Social–emotional and behavioral challenges

Strategies for incorporating SEL into instruction

Authors : Elaine Mulligan

One approach to teaching social-emotional skills in the classroom is to integrate SEL into everyday academic instruction. Rather than teach social-emotional skills independently of academic skills, many teachers and administrators are trying to implement SEL throughout the school day. Here are several useful strategies identified in these resources that teachers can use to incorporate SEL … Continue reading Strategies for incorporating SEL into instruction

How can we keep students safe at school?

Authors : Samantha Peyton , Kirby Chow

Acts of violence at school place pressure on educators and school leaders to better ensure the safety of their students. A comprehensive approach addresses school climate, student mental health programs, strategies to prevent violence, and physical security mechanisms. Our research has identified several promising practices to help keep students emotionally and physically safe at school.

5 T’s for Mental Health Education in Schools infographic

Authors : Editorial Team

We’ve identified 5 “T” strategies for states, districts, and schools to consider as their educators join the movement to promote and support student mental health: talking, training, teaching, tools, and taking care. Content excerpted from our blog post, How can we incorporate mental health education into schools? Consider the 5 T’s.

Screen time can be good: 3 ways to support children’s social-emotional learning (SEL)

Authors : Claire Christensen

Given the ongoing debate about the value of screen time, many parents and educators are seeking research-supported best practices for using TV and videos to help support children’s learning and development. Look no further – we’ve summarized the research to give you 3 strategies for using videos to support SEL in children of any age

How can we incorporate mental health education into schools? Consider the 5 T’s.

Authors : Yunsoo Park , Jennifer Nakamura

Mental health is a critical part of students’ overall health and well-being. Students today face a range of demands that can impact their mental health. From meeting high academic expectations to navigating the world of social media to maintaining relationships with their peers, students often have busy schedules that result in a lack of sleep … Continue reading How can we incorporate mental health education into schools? Consider the 5 T’s.

Want to build an equitable classroom? Start with social-emotional learning (SEL)

Authors : Kerry Friedman , Elisa Garcia

We expect teachers to handle a lot: create engaging learning experiences, differentiate instruction based on student needs, manage behavior, motivate students to learn, and tackle persistent gaps and inequities. More and more, teachers are meeting this challenge by embracing social-emotional learning (SEL), which can support academic learning, teach and reinforce positive behavior, motivate students to … Continue reading Want to build an equitable classroom? Start with social-emotional learning (SEL)

When you really want to focus on social-emotional learning (SEL): Selecting a standalone SEL program

Authors : Jennifer Nakamura , Elisa Garcia

Standalone social-emotional learning (SEL) programs are helpful tools for teachers who want to build students’ social-emotional skills in the classroom setting. However, it can be challenging to select an appropriate, practical, and effective classroom-wide curriculum that will work for all students. We have simplified the process to help teachers and other practitioners make a well-informed decision.

Incorporating social-emotional learning (SEL) into everyday academic instruction: How do I do it?

Authors : Jennifer Nakamura , Yunsoo Park

Although most teachers recognize the importance of teaching social-emotional skills, many are also concerned about having time to fulfill their other responsibilities. Here we highlight one approach to teaching social-emotional skills in the classroom: incorporating social-emotional learning (SEL) into everyday academic instruction.

Preventing expulsions in early childhood and supporting all children’s success

Authors : Kerry Friedman

In state-funded preschools, children are expelled at 3 times the rate of K-12 students, and private preschool programs expel children at more than 13 times the rate of K-12 students. Our researchers have developed an interactive guide with recommended policies and practices to support early education program leaders in reducing and preventing suspensions and expulsions. 

When helping students hurts: Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS)

Authors : Michelle Woodbridge , Jennifer Nakamura

We were presenting to a group of teachers about our project examining the effects of a group-based intervention for middle schoolers experiencing traumatic stress. I was describing the effects of trauma on students’ academic performance when a teacher stood up and loudly exclaimed, “But what about OUR trauma? Who is helping US?”