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Social-emotional learning

Social-emotional learning is the range of emotional, behavioral, and social effects produced by a program or intervention.

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A lifeline of support: Arkansas’s innovative program to help early childhood educators support young childrenA lifeline of support: Arkansas’s innovative program to help early childhood educators support young children

Teaching preschool is simultaneously joyous and challenging. Students differ widely in their temperaments and their experience sharing space and resources with peers. Although many children adapt quickly to a group care environment, for others it can be challenging. Some early educators can access related professional development or external specialists that ...
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5 things educators can do virtually to support students experiencing trauma5 things educators can do virtually to support students experiencing trauma

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, we adapted strategies from the “Common trauma symptoms in students and helpful strategies for educators” handout to help educators address student’s social-emotional and mental health needs associated with trauma in virtual settings.
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Maintaining wellness in crisis: Boosting children’s emotional healthMaintaining wellness in crisis: Boosting children’s emotional health

Measures 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 ...
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Clinicians’ perspectives on implementing evidence-based practicesClinicians' perspectives on implementing evidence-based practices

Dr. Michelle Woodbridge (who has been studying prevention and intervention programs related to school-based mental health for more than 25 years) describes school-based clinicians’ perspectives on how using research-supported trauma-informed intervention programs in schools created meaningful, sustainable changes in practice. This video was produced by the 3C Institute. Helpful resources on cognitive ...
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How schools can get started with Positive Behavior SupportsHow schools can get started with Positive Behavior Supports

Dr. Carl Sumi, an expert in student behavioral research and interventions discusses positive behavior interventions and supports. This video was produced by the 3C Institute. Additional resources on cognitive behavior interventions can be found on the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools  (CBITS) program website. Resources for trauma-informed schools can be ...
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Why Positive Behavior Supports is a good fit for Trauma Informed SchoolsWhy Positive Behavior Supports is a good fit for Trauma Informed Schools

In this video, Dr. Carl Sumi, an expert in student behavioral research and interventions, discusses the intersection between PBS and trauma informed schools. School-wide Positive Behavior Supports is a framework for operating schools and changing social culture and supporting all students. This video was produced by the 3C Institute. Additional resources ...
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How to incorporate social-emotional learning into instructionHow to incorporate social-emotional learning into instruction

Three-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.
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Strategies for bringing an equity lens to SELStrategies for bringing an equity lens to SEL

Social-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 ...
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Criteria for selecting a social-emotional programCriteria for selecting a social-emotional program

Standalone 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 ...
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Strategies for incorporating SEL into instructionStrategies for incorporating SEL into instruction

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 ...
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