Saturday Stories: Social and Emotional Learning

Your Weekend Reads in Education

Next Wednesday, November 15, we’re hosting a webinar on Kindness, Empathy, and Social and Emotional Learning. The webinar will feature speakers from three organizations that work to promote SEL, and we’ll provide you with research and strategies for teaching SEL in your classroom. You can register for the webinar by clicking on the image below:

In the meantime, continue to explore how you can implement social and emotional learning in your classroom by taking a look at the resources in this blog. In this issue of Saturday Stories, you’ll find guest blogs from educators who work with children of a variety of ages. Educator Patrick Harris uses a social justice framework to drive SEL initiatives in his early childhood classroom, and Bethany Younkers uses an interest inventory to engage her secondary students in SEL practices. You’ll also find a comprehensive guide from our Applied Learning Sciences team, with specific best practices in SEL along with detailed examples of how those practices play out in the classroom.

Incorporating social and emotional learning into the classroom can be challenging, especially when you have mounting core academic standards to reach. But in order to ensure that the academic content you teach truly has the potential to be a differentiator in student success, you must also provide children with instruction and empowerment in SEL. Happy reading, and we hope to see you in the webinar next week!

Meet Them Where They Are: Developing the SEL of Students

By Michele Hill, World Language Teacher

“Self-awareness and social awareness are essential skills for successfully navigating the world. Build opportunities for students to engage in character education activities where they discover ways to become reflective of themselves and develop appropriate social skills for interacting with others.” — Michele Hill

Education Policy Supports Social and Emotional Learning

By Divya Sridhar, McGraw-Hill Education Policy Analyst

“For example, state funds from ESSA Title I and Title II, Part A can be used by schools to provide a host of techniques and supports for young children (pre-K through grade 3). SEL services may include mental health, drug and alcohol abuse, peer interaction, and chronic absenteeism.” — Divya Sridhar

Why Should We Talk About Mindfulness for Educators?

By Lisa Baylis, School Counselor

“Mindfulness, when it is taught well, is taught from a lived experience from educators who have taken the time to learn it for themselves first.” — Lisa Baylis

5 Guiding Principles of Social and Emotional Learning

McGraw-Hill Education Applied Learning Sciences Team

“Sample strategy: Design a full classroom unit based on a real-life theme (e.g. helping a local organization increase environmental sustainability.)”

“It Wasn’t Me!” Dealing with Conflict in the Early Childhood Classroom

Patrick Harris, Educator

“In my classroom today, we practice fairness and equality, the cornerstones of social justice, when we hold community meetings to resolve conflict. When a student feels as though they have been wronged, or when community has been disrupted from its purpose, students have the power to call a community meeting.” — Patrick Harris

How to Get Secondary Students to Buy into Social and Emotional Learning

Bethany Younkers, Educator

“I did not move ahead in my curriculum or on my scope and sequence map of what needed to be covered. Instead, that day I checked the box to create an environment that my students could feel safe in and connected to. It transformed my classroom and my trimester that year.” — Bethany Younkers

For more SEL inspiration, resources, research, and strategies, watch this in-depth webinar: