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Social-Emotional Learning

The application of skills to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

Nov 01, 2022


Near-Peer Mentoring of Students Who Learn Differently

Eye to Eye brings together middle school students (grades 5–8) who learn differently with local high school and college students who also learn differently, in a supervised, school-based setting.

Blog about discipline in schools

Oct 28, 2022


Transforming from a Punitive to Restorative Disciplinary System

While my title, “Dean of Discipline,” may sound a bit strict and traditional, our school has recently implemented a strategy that is proving to be transformational for teachers and students. Like other high schools around the country, as we have emerged from the pandemic, we have experienced a spike in behavior issues ranging from fighting and insubordination to classroom disruptions and tardiness.

federal money grant for mental health in schools

Oct 17, 2022


Federal Grants to Assist Schools in Providing Mental Health Services

As schools struggle to hire mental health workers, two new federal grants may help—the expanded School-Based Mental Health Services grants and the expanded Mental Health Services Professional Demonstration grants. The priorities for both programs also call for increasing diversity, and cultural and linguistic competency of school-based mental health professions to help reflect the needs of a diverse student population.

Teacher Student Communication Platform

Oct 17, 2022


Tool to Build Meaningful Connections Between Teachers and Students

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative brings together educators, researchers, and product developers to build tools such as the Along Teacher–Student Connection Builder that helps teachers differentiate learning experiences equitably and foster strong connections with their students.

Oct 03, 2022


Social–Emotional Learning Game Room

Harmony Game Room is a free app for iOS and Android from National University that includes a growing collection of games, tools, and other resources to help children in prekindergarten through grade 6 develop social-emotional learning (SEL) skills while they play.


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