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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, May 23, 2017

Your Child’s Golden Ticket to Success in the 21st Century Job Market

Author: Melissa Benaroya
CFC's parenting expert Melissa Benaroya explains how social-emotional skills are vital to your child's workplace success down the road. 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

CFC Sponsors PSBJ 2017 Corporate Citizenship Awards Luncheon

Author: Mackenzie Wallace
On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, Committee for Children had the privilege of being a Gold Sponsor at the Puget Sound Business Journal’s (PSBJ) 2017 Corporate Citizenship awards luncheon. It was an inspiring and well-attended event at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Mothering Yourself: Making Self-Care a Win-Win

Author: Melissa Benaroya
It is critical that the needs of the parent come FIRST for everyone in the family to thrive. CFC's parenting expert Melissa Benaroya explains why.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

13 Reasons Why Teachers Are Appreciated

Author: Kim Gulbrandson
May 9th is National Teacher Appreciation Day, a time to show our thanks to teachers for all they do. In honor of this day and of teachers in general, I asked others about why they value teachers. I interviewed children, parents and grandparents, including Joan Duffell, Executive Director of Committee for Children, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the safety and well-being of children through social-emotional learning and development. Of course, I added in my thoughts too. In total, 13 of us share why we appreciate teachers, and we mean every last word!

Monday, May 08, 2017

Social-Emotional Learning

Author: Carol Wood
The field of social-emotional learning (SEL) has made many exciting strides since Committee for Children introduced its first curriculum in 1989. During April 2017, in particular, a number of reports were published intended to advance the field of SEL.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Keeping Children Safe: Reporting Child Sexual Abuse

Author: Kim Gulbrandson
All states have a law that requires us to report when there is reasonable suspicion that child sexual abuse occurred, yet child sexual abuse is underreported by both children and adults, including teachers. There are many reasons for this. Children are often afraid or ashamed to tell. Adults may not know about all the signs of abuse, may lack knowledge about reporting, or may worry about making inaccurate reports.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Two Myths About Child Sexual Abuse: What We Should Know, What We Can Do

Author: Kim Gulbrandson
April is National Child Abuse Prevention month, an important time to build knowledge and awareness of how to protect children from abuse. This awareness includes understanding two myths about child sexual abuse and what we can do to address those myths, to support effective prevention, identification, and response.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Keeping Kids Safe with Conversations

Author: Kim Gulbrandson
Child sexual abuse is prevalent yet silenced.’ These are the words that most stuck with me after listening to an introduction of the play Telling, which unveils stories from adult survivors of sexual abuse. The ‘silence’ part of this is even more jolting given that 1 out of 4 girls and 1 out of 20 boys will be sexually abused by the time they are 18, and that it is usually by someone they know.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Keeping Kids Safe

Author: Melissa Benaroya
Taking time to educate and prepare your child for the unforeseeable is not only wise, but can also provide peace of mind. CFC parenting blogger Melissa Benaroya explains.

Friday, March 17, 2017

SXSWedu 2017 Recap: Social-Emotional Learning and Equity Take Center Stage at Annual EdTech Conference

Author: Mia Doces
Last week, Committee for Children had the privilege of attending SXSWedu in Austin, TX. The annual conference draws over 10,000 educators, academics, and professionals from around the world to discuss hot topics in the education technology (EdTech) field.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Tap Into Empathy and Respect and You Can Connect

Author: Kim Gulbrandson

Communication is the key to many aspects of life. By teaching important social skills like listening and empathy, educators give students the tools to respectfully interact with their peers and the adults in their lives.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Teaching Civility During Divisive Times

Author: Melissa Benaroya

Can skills like empathy, problem solving, and perspective taking help nurture civility in our children? CFC's parenting expert Melissa Benaroya believes so. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Can Minecraft Teach Conflict Resolution Skills?

Author: Committee for Children
Minecraft is one of the most played video games of all time, loved by kids, parents, and educators alike. It is a fun environment for building, collaborating, and solving problems. What started as an indie game that enabled players to build and craft on their own homegrown servers, Minecraft has grown into a global phenomenon that is transforming how educators think about project-based learning for topics like coding, game design, and engineering. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Teaching Self-Regulation Through Smart Toys

Author: Committee for Children
Many toys have educational value, but have you ever heard of a smart toy? Smart toys are different from traditional toys in that they often include tiny computers that allow them to track data or provide feedback to kids as they play.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Annual Advocacy Day - A Success!

Author: Carol Wood
On Wednesday, February 8, 2017, Committee for Children held their annual Advocacy Day. In spite of snow, sleet, and rain (no flooding or pestilence, thankfully), CFC took a hearty crowd of 20 people to meet with 34 legislators and/or their staff. We were very lucky to have a number of young people go with us this year as well; they are always the stars of the show!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Preparing Students for Tough Conversations

Author: Kim Gulbrandson
From childhood to adulthood, conversations have an impact on daily life. We communicate every day, many times a day, and the skills we use to talk with others determine whether the outcomes of these interactions are good or bad.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

CFC Presents an SEL Lesson Using Second Step Program for WA State Legislators

Author: Carol Wood
On January 26, Committee for Children presented a mini SEL lesson using their Second Step curriculum for Washington State legislators and their staff.  The lesson helped those attending see that everyone comes to a discussion with different perspectives.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Make Motivation Easy

Author: Kim Gulbrandson
Motivation is a mediator for academic and social success, so what can we do as adults to foster motivation in students? We can provide conditions that facilitate motivation through a strength-based perspective. My colleague often says, “People are naturally creative, resourceful, and whole”, which speaks to why we need to support students and not try and “fix” or blame them for not being motivated.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Ring in a Healthier You for the New Year

Author: Kim Gulbrandson
What’s on the Top of New Year’s Resolution Lists This Year?

I wanted to know, so I interviewed 25 friends and family members about their top two resolutions and this is what I found: almost half of the people I asked have at least one New Year’s resolution about living a healthier and happier life. Some of the resolutions I heard included getting together more with friends, managing stress better, getting organized, living a healthier lifestyle, not getting upset so easily, taking better care of oneself, being happier, and not worrying as much.

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.

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Committee for Children Applauds Bill to Combat Chronic School Absenteeism

Committee for Children recently commended Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) for introducing legislation to combat chronic school absenteeism, a widespread problem nationally and particularly in Washington State. 
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Keeping Children Safe: Reporting Child Sexual Abuse

All states have a law that requires us to report when there is reasonable suspicion that child sexual abuse occurred, yet child sexual abuse is underreported by both children and adults, including teachers. There are many reasons for this. Children are often afraid or ashamed to tell. Adults may not know about all the signs of abuse, may lack knowledge about reporting, or may worry about making inaccurate reports.
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13 Reasons Why Teachers Are Appreciated

May 9th is National Teacher Appreciation Day, a time to show our thanks to teachers for all they do. In honor of this day and of teachers in general, I asked others about why they value teachers. I interviewed children, parents and grandparents, including Joan Duffell, Executive Director of Committee for Children, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the safety and well-being of children through social-emotional learning and development. Of course, I added in my thoughts too. In total, 13 of us share why we appreciate teachers, and we mean every last word!
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Mothering Yourself: Making Self-Care a Win-Win

It is critical that the needs of the parent come FIRST for everyone in the family to thrive. CFC's parenting expert Melissa Benaroya explains why.
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CFC Sponsors PSBJ 2017 Corporate Citizenship Awards Luncheon

On Wednesday, May 17, 2017, Committee for Children had the privilege of being a Gold Sponsor at the Puget Sound Business Journal’s (PSBJ) 2017 Corporate Citizenship awards luncheon. It was an inspiring and well-attended event at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.
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Committee for Children Launches Mind Yeti App for Kids and their Adults

Get your mind ready on the go with Committee for Children's new Mind Yeti iOS app, available to download for free in the iTunes store.
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Your Child’s Golden Ticket to Success in the 21st Century Job Market

CFC's parenting expert Melissa Benaroya explains how social-emotional skills are vital to your child's workplace success down the road. 
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NEW Second Step Middle School Program: Sneak Peek

Coming fall 2017, the new Second Step social-emotional learning (SEL) program for middle-schoolers brings together today’s technology, the latest in developmental research, and real classroom feedback coming from two years of field testing. Get an early look!
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