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Elementary school refers to education across kindergarten through grade 5.

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Maintaining wellness in crisis: Boosting children’s emotional health Maintaining wellness in crisis: Boosting children’s emotional healthMeasures taken to address the spread of COVID-19, from precautionary social distancing to shelter-in-place orders, have dramatically impacted children and their families. In addition to navigating their own stress during a period of uncertainty and change, parents are faced with addressing the questions and concerns of their children, many of ... Continue reading →

What can parents do to prevent and address school bullying? What can parents do to prevent and address school bullying?Dr. Carl Sumi is an expert in student behavioral research and interventions. This is Dr. Sumi’s advice for parents who suspect their child may be experiencing bullying in school. This video was produced by the 3C Institute. Helpful  resources on cognitive behavior interventions can be found on the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for ... Continue reading →

5 “T” strategies for promoting student mental health 5 "T" strategies for promoting student mental healthThree and a half minute animated video describing ways that teachers can incorporate mental health practices into everyday classroom activities. Adapted from our How can we incorporate mental health education into schools? Consider the 5 Ts blog. Continue reading →

How to incorporate social-emotional learning into instruction How to incorporate social-emotional learning into instructionThree-minute animated video with tips for classroom teachers. Content adapted from our blog post, How can we incorporate mental health education into schools? Consider the 5 T’s. Continue reading →

Strategies for bringing an equity lens to SEL Strategies for bringing an equity lens to SELSocial-emotional learning (SEL) programs are more likely to be successful with all students when they are grounded in strategies that promote equity. Equity means ‘leveling the playing field’ and creating a culture where all students feel fully included, respected, represented, and valued. Here are a few strategies that start in ... Continue reading →

Criteria for selecting a social-emotional program Criteria for selecting a social-emotional programStandalone SEL programs or curricula build students’ social-emotional skills separately from main instructional time. To implement standalone SEL programs, typically teachers or other qualified school staff members, such as counselors or school social workers, receive training in the curriculum and allot time during the school day to teach a series ... Continue reading →

Strategies for incorporating SEL into instruction Strategies for incorporating SEL into instructionOne 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 ... Continue reading →

Helping students help themselves Helping students help themselvesTo successfully navigate their school and home lives, students need more than just academic skills. Learning social-emotional skills can benefit all students. Social problem-solving is one social-emotional skill that can help all students in a classroom learn to better manage their emotions and behaviors, cooperate and communicate with peers, and ... Continue reading →