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  • Using Consistent Language and Cueing to Support Both Social Communication and Classroom Management

    by Elizabeth Knox November 28, 2022 Instructors are tasked with teaching a subject curriculum as well as ensuring that their pupils understand what it means to be a student ready and able to access this curriculum. Teaching social communication and expectations through specific language, verbal cueing, and gestural cueing can help students understand what it

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  • Hot and Cold Executive Function Skills

    November 15, 2022 The executive functions are at the core of learning and are crucial for success in school and beyond. These cognitive processes allow us to approach a task or goal, whether it is academic or non-academic, manage our attention, plan each step, and regulate our emotions to achieve the desired outcome. Specifically in

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  • Boost Engagement Through Student Choice

    Explore how to boost engagement through student choice. This comprehensive Edsurge article outlines the importance of giving students choice and agency in how they learn as a means to create a more equitable classroom and more engaged learners.

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  • Expect to Worry

    by Laura Polvinen February 2, 2021 As I write this, it is the one-year anniversary of the United States having its first case of COVID-19. We have been living amidst a pandemic for 365 days. Let that sink in for a moment:  a year of new normals, unprecedented times, changes in routines, and increased stress

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  • Teaching Grit

    Learn more about teaching grit.  Edusurge shares an excerpt from Paul Trough’s book: Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why which outlines that teaching grit is more about the environment created by the teacher rather than explicit lessons, like those akin to mathematics, on the topic of grit. 

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  • Social Emotional Learning and Distance Learning

    Explore the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) website for guidelines and resources for incorporating SEL in a remote learning environment.

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  • Human Development and Learning

    Learn about the connection between human development and learning. This Edutopia video, which is part of a series called How Learning Happens, highlights the importance of the inclusion of social emotional learning into the school landscape with a focus on the need for strong student and teacher relationships.

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  • Effective Relationships

    Explore why effective relationships with students are essential to success in school and understand the research that shows how important relationships are to human development. 

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  • The Trifecta: Executive Function, Anxiety, and Self-Regulation

    by Laura Polvinen November 11, 2019 Executive Function, Anxiety, and Self Regulation: recently, these have become buzzwords in our vernacular and the topics of many conversations and articles. Neuroscientists consider how executive function impairs the brain’s ability to show its cognitive skills. Teachers and parents question, are our children really more anxious now than ever?

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  • Integrate SEL and Academics

    Learn how to integrate SEL and academics.  Edsurge outlines three practical strategies to help teachers incorporate SEL into their classroom including the importance of time to collaborate and debrief with other teachers.

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    Promoting Student Interest and Motivation

    April 23, 2019 The Importance of Interest and Motivation Recent research about brain functions demonstrates the value of interest and motivation in the development of academic skills, specifically for secondary students. FMRIs have allowed researchers to study the activation of different areas of the brain during specific tasks. This research suggests that students need to

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  • Implementing Social Emotional Competencies

    Explore implementing social emotional competencies within a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PIBS) framework.  This resource details 4 key areas to support social emotional learning through a school wide systematic implementation.

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  • Help Students Face Challenges in School

    Understand how to help students face challenges in school. This article for CHADD by Jerome Shultz outlines why students with ADHD and other learning challenges can often have a flight response to fear created in the learning environment.  The article also offers suggests for teachers to use to help student learn to face challenges in

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  • Importance of Student Voices in the Classroom

    Understand the importance of student voices in the classroom. This Mind/Shift article highlights the research behind the benefits of including the students in the learning process and outlines ways educators can increase engagement in their classrooms and argues that by giving students voice and agency, educators can support diverse learning styles in their classroom

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  • The Relationship between Language-Based Learning Disabilities (LBLD) & Anxiety

    by Laura Polvinen and Helene Dionne, PhD

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  • ADD, Emotions, and Motivation

    Understand more about ADD and emotions and motivation. Dr. William Dodson explains the powerful, but often overlooked characteristics of ADD. He explains that popular textbooks definition often fail to fully capture ADD’s features that shape perceptions, emotions, and motivation.

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  • Social Emotional Learning: The Compassion Project

    Learn about The Compassion Project.  The Compassion Project is a national initiative to provide compassion education to elementary school students. The site includes links to lessons and other social emotional resources.

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  • Teaching Grit

    Watch this lesson on teaching grit. Edutopia presents their new video series, Research Made Relevant, where each episode explores cutting-edge ideas about teaching and learning and showcases educators who are putting them to the test classrooms.

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  • Evaluating SEL Programs

    Edsurge writes about the importance of evaluating SEL programs. The article urges schools to explore how their initiatives are impacting students and gives educators suggestions on how to use this data.

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  • Growth Mindset and Confronting Challenge

    Understand the link between growth mindset and confronting challenge. Carol Dweck writes for Scientific American about her research related to growth mindset. She outlines that adults/teachers should praise the effort and work students put forth as a way to inspire students to persevere when confronted with challenges.

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  • Integrate Social Emotional Learning

    Learn 3 tips for how to integrate social emotional learning into everyday literacy instruction. This EdSurge article outlines the power of cross-curricular social emotional learning to help young people build resilience.  

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  • Social Interaction in Learning

    Watch this video from Edutopia to learn about the importance of social interaction in learning. The video outlines several studies and examples to support the idea that face-to-face interaction is key in the development of language skills during childhood.

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  • Evaluating the Social Emotional Learning Approach

    May 17, 2018 Why Teach Social Emotional Learning Skills? Research suggests that Social Emotional Learning skills (self-awareness, self-management, relationship skills, social awareness, and responsible decision making) are a core component of student success. Learning is a social process, and schools are often the hub of students’ social interactions. If student progress is hampered by emotions,

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    Working Memory and Anxiety

    What is anxiety?  Anxiety is a sense of fear and worry, and it is not uncommon among students with language-based learning disabilities. According to, this anxiety stems from a fear of not being able to keep up with peers, as well as feeling different and worrying about the future. These issues can oftentimes interfere with

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  • Mitigate and Manage Anxiety

    Learn how to help students mitigate and manage anxiety. Mind/Shift discusses the growing trend of anxiety in students and shares some strategies that schools and teachers can use to help students build resilience and manage the anxiety that can come in this fast-paced world.  

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  • Fostering Teacher Growth Mindset

    Understand what it would look to foster a teacher growth mindset in school. The Shanker Institute highlights high performing schools that not only support their student’s academic growth, but also their faculty’s professional growth. This article outlines the common attributes that these schools share in supporting their teachers.

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  • Emotional Regulation Strategies

    Learn emotional regulation strategies to help students with ADHD. Lori Desautels recounts her experiences working with students who have ADHD and outlines strategies that she has used to help them regulate their emotions throughout the school day.

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    Responsible Decision Making (Social Emotional Learning)

    April 24, 2018 What is Responsible Decision Making? Responsible decision making is defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as “the ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety concerns, and social norms.” Essentially, all aspects of a potential decision and its consequences

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  • Social Emotional Learning Routines

    Learn about the importance of implementing social emotional learning routines. Mind/Shift outlines two schools – a high school and an elementary school – that have used social emotional routines to help students feel safe and supported in their learning environments. The article includes links to interviews and profiles of these schools.

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  • Self-Reflection for Teachers

    Understand more about self-reflection for teachers. This insightful article by Brent G. Richardson and Margery J. Shupe emphasizes that teachers should consider their reactions to difficult classroom situations and the triggers that cause these responses. It also includes practical suggestions to improve relationships with students who have emotional and behavioral disorders.

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    Social Emotional Learning: Developing Relationship Skills

    February 13, 2018 What are Relationship Skills? Relationship skills are an important component of Social Emotional Learning. According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), relationship skills pertain to “the ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups.” To demonstrate appropriate relationship skills, students must learn

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    Mindfulness in the Classroom

    January 25, 2018 What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is an ancient Buddhist practice meaning, “to live fully in the present moment with intention and without judgment” (Kriyonich, 2017). It’s the act of paying attention to what you are doing while you are doing it (Buck, 2017) or being present in the moment. Why Teach Mindfulness? Study

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  • Self-Management (Social Emotional Learning)

    December 12, 2017 What is Self-Management? Self-management is an essential component of social emotional learning. Building from the foundation of self-awareness, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) defines self-management as, “the ability to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations.” This regulation is achieved by effectively managing stress, controlling impulses,

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  • Self-Awareness (Social Emotional Learning)

    November 16, 2017 What is Self-Awareness? The first main skill associated with Social Emotional Learning is self-awareness. According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), self-awareness is the ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values, and how they influence behavior. It is the ability to accurately assess one’s strengths

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  • Social Emotional Learning Overview

    October 19, 2017 What is Social Emotional Learning? Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is “generally defined as the capacity to identify and manage emotions, resolve problems effectively, and establish healthy personal relationships” (Berman, 2016). When referring to SEL, there are five main skills included: Self-awareness Self-management Relationship skills Social awareness Responsible decision-making Why Social Emotional Skills?

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  • Inspiring a Growth Mindset in Teachers

    Learn about inspiring a growth mindset in teachers in this article from Edutopia. It explains that growth mindset principles can create a positive classroom and a school-wide culture.

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    Social Emotional Learning and Success

    Learn about the connection between social emotional learning and success beyond high school.  Emmanuel Felton, for The Atlantic Monthly, writes about the impact of the educational hot topic: social and emotional learning. He highlights schools whose focus on self-management and relationship skills has led to a dramatic jump in college completion rates. He also discusses

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  • Video Lessons on Learning Disabilities

    Watch this series of video lessons on learning disabilities from TEDed. Curated and developed by Karen Goepen-Wee, these lessons cover the topics of neuro-diversity, executive function development, and anxiety, as well as a video lesson that interviews children about what they need from their teachers to be successful.  Click here for a link to the blog about

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    Incorporate SEL into the High School Classroom

    Learn how to incorporate SEL (social and emotional learning) into the high school classroom. This Edutopia article features the comprehensive approach to incorporating SEL at Summit Preparatory Charter High School in Redwood City, California, sharing 13 powerful SEL activities that their teachers incorporate into their daily curriculum.

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    Growth Mindset and Math Instruction

    Math instruction expert Jo Boaler, who is also professor at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education and cofounder of YouCubed, writes for Atlantic Monthly about the role of growth mindset in revising how math is taught and approached in classrooms. She argues that teaching and fostering exploration and connection between math concepts with less focus on rapid fire questions

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    Social Thinking

    This article is about social thinking and problem solving from Michelle Garcia Winner’s website. She writes about how her ILAUGH Model of Social Cognition is still relevant today (ILAUGH is an acronym for different social communication skills, including: Initiating communication, Listening with our eyes and ears, Abstracting and inferencing, Understanding perspective, Getting the main idea, and engaging

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  • Growth Mindset in Young Adult Literature

    Edutopia curated this excellent list of young adult novels featuring heroes that embrace a growth mindset. The characters in these stories work to teach students about the power of learning from mistakes, overcoming adversity, and valuing process over product.

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    Understanding Student Self-Awareness

    Stephen L. Chew, a professor and chair of psychology at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, outlines the importance of student’s self-awareness of their own learning strengths and weaknesses in order to persevere through the challenges of transitioning to college.

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  • Caring Adults and Student Success

    Ryan Griffin, a barber in, Ann Arbor, MI, encourages kids to read while they have their hair cut. The overwhelming response from the story inspired writers from nprED to write a companion piece that highlights the importance of caring, involving adults from all parts of the community in student success

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    Cooperative Learning and Social Emotional Learning

    ASCD blogger Stephanie Knight offers some excellent suggestions and practical classroom ideas on how to link cooperative learning to CASELs social and emotional core learning competencies.  She sees linking these two essential areas of learning as a tangible way for students to practice these skills throughout the day.

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    True Growth Mindset

    Growth mindset guru, Carol Dweck, is interviewed by The Atlantic Monthly about the tendency to reduce the concept of growth mindset as simply trying harder and being rewarded for it.  She calls attention to the importance recognizing the struggle and the strategies that help students create success.

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  • Anxious student breaking a pencil over a keyboard

    20 Tips for Improving Interactions with Anxious Students

    KQED Mind/Shift explores 20 tips for teachers to help de-escalate interactions with anxious or defiant students.  The article provides strategies to create positive relationships with students, as well as tips to better understand your students and their triggers as you implement strategies to support them.

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    Metacognition in the Classroom

    A useful article from Edutopia that outlines the importance metacognition in the classroom as a means of supporting self-awareness and student self-reflection. Additionally, the article outlines the numerous benefits this type of learning has beyond the classroom. The article also highlights 7 ways to promote metacognition and self awareness.   

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    Training your Brain

    This Khan Academy video outlines research that asserts that the brain is a muscle, and, like all muscles, the more you use it, the stronger it gets. This video encourages students to think of challenges, not as something insurmountable, but as something that can help them improve their skills.

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    This TEDxYouth video features AnneMarie Rossi, the founder of Be Mindful, a nonprofit network of qualified mindfulness instructors placed in schools, youth organizations, homeless shelters, corporations — even police departments. The talk covers the research conducted on the effectiveness of incorporating mindfulness practices into classrooms and encourages educators and students to learn more about this

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    Anxiety in Students

    This NPR story is part of a series on the mental health crisis in our schools. It follows Jared, a boy who suffers from anxiety, and chronicles how he and his parents manage day-to-day living. Jared attends a special school called Aspire, specifically for students whose intense anxiety prevents them from attending their local public schools.

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  • Two children sitting on a yellow bench in a classroom

    Everyday Social Emotional Learning

    Pacific Standard interviews Joan Cole Duffell from the Committee for Children about the importance of incorporating social and emotional learning into our everyday teaching, not just as a remediation tool, but to inspire empathy in children.

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    Executive Function: Addressing Emotion through Communication

    Students’ emotional responses to challenging situations can influence their concentration, perseverance, application of learned skills, and interactions with others. Abraham Maslow’s expanded hierarchy of needs explains how physical and emotional safety must be satisfied in order to allow people to address cognitive and higher levels of human needs. In order to better create space for

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  • Theresa Awolesi speaking about self-awareness and success in front of a class

    Self Awareness and Success

    British college student, Theresa Awolesi, speaks about self-awareness and success, as well as how her dyslexia impacted her in her studies. In addition, she believes that it was her ability to understand her own learning needs and self-advocate that helped her find success in her desired career.

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