The ‘What’ and “Why’ of Social-Emotional Learning

  If you were to ask ten people about what they most clearly remember of their educational experience as a child, you will likely get ten very different responses. For as diverse and unique as our individual learning experiences have likely been, so too are the teachers and adults responsible for the learning process that... Continue Reading →

Grateful Hearts: How Shifting Your Perspective Increases Empathy and Fosters Happiness

The first week of a school year can be incredibly stressful. Whether you are a student worried about the social and academic pressures of a new building, a parent sending their kindergartener off "on their own" for the first time, or a teacher filled with anticipation for the challenges you will face in working with... Continue Reading →

Turning Crisis into Opportunity

In classrooms, lunchrooms, bus rides, and on playgrounds across the country educators can be sure of a few things. The first is that we will have a great deal of students who have the necessary social and problem-solving skills needed to handle frustrations and peer-related conflicts with only minimal support and intervention from the adults... Continue Reading →

Why SEL?

  When I first began to understand the importance of social emotional learning, I had no idea that it was called social emotional learning. I was so naive to this idea that I wasn't sure that this 'stuff' was really called anything at all. My learning journey began while working at a day treatment center... Continue Reading →

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