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
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.
Categories: Committee for Children, Social-Emotional Learning
Tags: Committee for Children, Social-Emotional Learning, motivation
Monday, January 16, 2017
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.
Categories: Committee for Children
Tags: Social-Emotional Learning
Saturday, January 07, 2017
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.
Tags: Committee for Children, resilience, motivation
Friday, January 06, 2017
The new year is the perfect time to set some goals for enhancing your child's social-emotional learning skills.
Wednesday, January 04, 2017
Tags: Advocacy, Committee for Children
Monday, December 26, 2016
Tags: Committee for Children, Social-Emotional Learning, grit
Monday, December 19, 2016
Can social-emotional learning help combat holiday stress? Absolutely! Check out Melissa Benaroya's blog all about it.
Categories: Talking SEL and More, SEL at Home
Tags: mindfulness, Social-Emotional Learning, resilience
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.
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
B. Growth Mindset
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.
Categories: Committee for Children, Talking SEL and More, SEL in the News
Tags: Committee for Children, growth mindset, mindfulness, grit, resilience
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
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
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
A post-election note from our executive director Joan Cole Duffell.
Categories: Committee for Children, Talking SEL and More, SEL at Home
Tags: Committee for Children, Social-Emotional Learning
Wednesday, November 09, 2016
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
What can parents do to protect their children from cyberbullying? Read Melissa Benaroya's blog to find out.
Categories: Talking SEL and More
Tags: Bullying Prevention, Social-Emotional Learning, Technology
Monday, September 26, 2016
Categories: Committee for Children, Bullying & Cyber Bullying
Tags: Bullying Prevention, Elementary School, Middle School
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Tags: Advocacy, Committee for Children, Social-Emotional Learning
Friday, September 16, 2016
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
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.
Tags: Bullying Prevention
Embrace Grit Through Social-Emotional Learning and More
Two Policy Approaches Your State Can Take
New Year, ReNEWed Focus on Social-Emotional Learning at Home
5 Strategies to Accomplish Your 2017 Goals
Building on Martin Luther King’s Powerful and Profound Empathy
Ideas to Boost Student Motivation in 2017
Bullying Prevention Unit
Child Protection Unit
Early, Open, Often
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