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Welcome to our own little corner of the blogosphere! This is the place to read about all things social-emotional learning related from the points of view of parents, teachers, and school psychologists. Happy reading!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Ideas to Boost Student Motivation in 2017

Author: Kim Gulbrandson

Why do some students stop using their social-emotional learning (SEL) skills after they’ve learned them? The answer to this question has a lot to do with us, the adults, and not just the students. We need to offer ongoing support to students to help them use their SEL skills. Modeling, practice, and positive feedback play a role in this, but if we stop there we miss something important: motivation.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Building on Martin Luther King’s Powerful and Profound Empathy

Author: Committee for Children

What role do educators play in creating a more empathetic world? ? In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day, Committee for Children’s executive director Joan Cole Duffell and Dr. Calvin Watts, superintendent of the Kent School District have written a gripping op-ed in an effort to urge school systems and the country at large to do the work that’s needed to build on Dr. King’s profound and powerful level of empathy. 

Saturday, January 07, 2017

5 Strategies to Accomplish Your 2017 Goals

Author: Kim Gulbrandson

It is that time of year again—the time when we start to aim for improvement! There is something about the new year that makes us feel renewed and gets us thinking about change.

I remember the first new year I truly started thinking about my goals. I asked someone who had achieved the success I hoped for someday, what the secret was to realizing my long-term goals. She told me, “There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.

Friday, January 06, 2017

New Year, ReNEWed Focus on Social-Emotional Learning at Home

Author: Melissa Benaroya

The new year is the perfect time to set some goals for enhancing your child's social-emotional learning skills.

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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Two Policy Approaches Your State Can Take

Author: Carol Wood
On January 26, 2017, Committee for Children will partner with Representative Tana Senn to bring social-emotional learning (SEL) to the halls of the Washington State Legislature. Using Committee for Children’s Second Step curriculum, an experienced Washington teacher will deliver a demonstration lesson to members of the legislature to show the dramatic impact SEL could have on the lives of Washington’s children.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Embrace Grit Through Social-Emotional Learning and More

Author: Kim Gulbrandson
In my last blog post I talked about grit and having the passion and perseverance for achieving long-term goals. The first step to building grit is knowing what it looks like, but because grit is partially fostered by experience (see Angela Duckworth’s questions and answers about grit), in this post I also consider the “how to” of building tenacity and perseverance.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Holiday Stress Buster

Author: Melissa Benaroya

Can social-emotional learning help combat holiday stress? Absolutely! Check out Melissa Benaroya's blog all about it. 

Monday, December 19, 2016

Teaching Empathy, Respect, and Compassion over the Holidays

Author: Melissa Benaroya

CFC blogger Melissa Benaroya has put together a great list of SEL-focused ideas to get families started with volunteering and giving opportunities this holiday season. 

Monday, December 19, 2016

A Look at Grit

Author: Kim Gulbrandson

Humans are creatures of habit. If you quit when things get tough, it gets that much easier to quit the next time. On the other hand, if you force yourself to push through it, the grit begins to grow in you. —Travis Bradberry

It happens time and time again, often without notice. Successful people spend years overcoming challenges and difficulties before they reach their biggest accomplishments.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Trending Topics in Education and How they Relate to SEL

Author: Kim Gulbrandson
Pop quiz! Which of the following buzzwords have you heard about lately?

A. Grit
B. Growth Mindset
C. Mindfulness
D. Resilience

If you selected any of the words above and you are wondering more about them or about how they relate to social-emotional learning (SEL), keep reading.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Grit, Growth Mindset, Mindfulness: Are These Trending Topics of SEL?

Author: Kim Gulbrandson

Social emotional learning (SEL) is trending in education. The last 15 years of research has shown the many benefits to teaching SEL, such as reductions in violence and truancy and gains in academic test scores.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude

Author: Melissa Benaroya

Is giving thanks something we can do on a daily basis with and around our children? Absolutely! CFC's parenting blogger Melissa Benaroya walks us through just how to do it.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Social-Emotional Learning After Our Election

Author: Committee for Children

A post-election note from our executive director Joan Cole Duffell.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Helping Kids Feel Safe and Supported Post-Election

Author: Bridgid Normand

For help with children who are feeling vulnerable in the days and weeks following the election, check out our blog on the subject. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Safeguarding Kids from Cyberbullying

Author: Melissa Benaroya

What can parents do to protect their children from cyberbullying? Read Melissa Benaroya's blog to find out. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

Everyone Has a Role to Play in Preventing Bullying: Part 2 of 2

Part 2: Three Research-Based Action Steps in Creating a Climate to Deter Bullying

Author: Kim Gulbrandson
Bullying has always existed, although it has not always been consistently and actively addressed in the school setting. Recent research has shown that bullying prevention efforts that build a positive school climate and invite disapproval of bullying can result in many positive outcomes, such as increased positive bystander behavior, decreased support for bullying, increased willingness to intervene in bullying, increased willingness to support bullied students, and increased reporting of bullying.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Everyone Has a Role to Play in Preventing Bullying: Part 1 of 2

Part 1: The Power of Bystanders to Discourage Bullying

Author: Kim Gulbrandson
Bullying does not occur in isolation. Social ecological and systems models of bullying indicate that it occurs within a dynamic, complex framework of interrelationships between people and their environment, including individuals, peers, family, community, and school. They emphasize that we all need to partner in the effort to prevent bullying.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

SEL Builds a Stronger Workforce

Author: Carol Wood
On September 14 Committee for Children and CASEL co-sponsored a Congressional briefing, The Importance of Employability Skills: How and Why Educators Should Teach These Skills. The briefing was supported by the Career and Technical Education Caucus and attended by over 60 people including three members of Congress—Rep. Tim Ryan, D-OH, Rep. Susan Davis, D-CA and Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-WI, co-chair of the Caucus.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Cultivating Character

Author: Melissa Benaroya

Can character traits be cultivated through social-emotional learning? Melissa Benaroya walks us through specific ways to support and nurture the character traits you may want to see in your children. 

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Why Don't Kids Report Bullying?

Author: Committee for Children

There is good evidence that young people often do not report bullying to adults. Children are adept at hiding bullying-related behaviors and the unequal "shadow" power dynamics that can exist among them. Because of this secrecy, adults underestimate the seriousness and extent of bullying at their schools.

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On January 26, 2017, Committee for Children will partner with Representative Tana Senn to bring social-emotional learning (SEL) to the halls of the Washington State Legislature. Using Committee for Children’s Second Step curriculum, an experienced Washington teacher will deliver a demonstration lesson to members of the legislature to show the dramatic impact SEL could have on the lives of Washington’s children.
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New Year, ReNEWed Focus on Social-Emotional Learning at Home

The new year is the perfect time to set some goals for enhancing your child's social-emotional learning skills.

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5 Strategies to Accomplish Your 2017 Goals

It is that time of year again—the time when we start to aim for improvement! There is something about the new year that makes us feel renewed and gets us thinking about change.

I remember the first new year I truly started thinking about my goals. I asked someone who had achieved the success I hoped for someday, what the secret was to realizing my long-term goals. She told me, “There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.

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Building on Martin Luther King’s Powerful and Profound Empathy

What role do educators play in creating a more empathetic world? ? In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day, Committee for Children’s executive director Joan Cole Duffell and Dr. Calvin Watts, superintendent of the Kent School District have written a gripping op-ed in an effort to urge school systems and the country at large to do the work that’s needed to build on Dr. King’s profound and powerful level of empathy. 

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