10 Ways Educators Can Slowly Implement Social and Emotional Learning Programs

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Social and emotional learning (SEL) initiatives can encompass different strategies at every school or school district, and educational approaches to SEL may not look the same from classroom to classroom. As school districts across the country are integrating SEL into the curriculum, the daily educational environment for children has evolved from a primarily intellectual-based learning approach to emotional growth exercises as well. Not all districts embrace SEL by implementing packaged SEL programs such as leadership endeavors or other fully-integrated social and emotional learning initiatives. While district-wide or classroom-based SEL approaches may include focused programs developed to integrate SEL into the … Continued

Why We Need SEL Programs in Schools

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After decades, social and emotional learning (SEL) is finally getting the attention it deserves from parents and teachers who recognize that a child’s emotional health is as important as his physical health. Unfortunately, getting SEL programs into school has proven difficult, as school boards and directors resist adding yet another program to underfunded schools. It’s clear why we need SEL programs in schools—children without emotional intelligence skills face harsh realities, and we can save them from facing a life of hardship by putting SEL in schools where it belongs. A lifetime without SEL leads to unnecessary and preventable hardships for … Continued