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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!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Meet the Makers of Our New Middle School Program

Matt Pearsall, Program Developer

Author: Matt Pearsall
An exciting part of the early design work we did on our new Second Step Middle School Program was traveling around the country speaking to educators about what they needed from us. One thing we learned is there is tremendous diversity in the students we’re reaching, tremendous diversity in how the program is delivered, and that whatever we create needs to be flexible enough to work in many different situations.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Middle School Students and Teachers Reveal How the Second Step Middle School Program Fosters Academic Success

Author: Kim Gulbrandson
Students and teachers from diverse classrooms across the country reported connections between social and emotional learning (SEL) and academics during their interviews about the new Second Step Middle School curriculum after piloting it in their classrooms. They shared many different examples of how the social skills learned in the new Second Step Middle School curriculum contributed to academic success.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Teacher Health and Wellness: Fostering Student Achievement by Supporting Teachers’ Mental and Physical Well-being

Author: Carol Wood
On June 14, 2017, Committee for Children and the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) held a briefing on teacher health and wellness that was attended by over 30 people from congressional offices, national nonprofits, and academia.

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Bully Pulpit

Author: Carol Wood
Fifteen years ago, few states had explicit legislation aimed to reduce bullying. Today every state in the country has adopted policies to minimize bullying. Overall, 28% of students reported victimization in 2005 (when statistics were first collected) while 22% reported being victimized in 2015 (U.S. Department of Education).

Friday, July 7, 2017

ISTE 2017 Conference & Expo Recap

Author: Rachel Kamb

A few members of the Committee for Children (CFC) team had the privilege of attending the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference and Expo in San Antonio, Texas June 25-28. Rachel Kamb, a Product Manager here at CFC, also presented a session with Gary Goldberger and Leigh Hallisey of FableVision Studios titled ‘Empathy Empowers: Digital Learning Strategies’.

Read Kamb’s review of ISTE 2017 as well as a summary of the session, below.  

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Meet the Makers of Our New Middle School Program

Tia Kim, Director of Programs, Partnerships, & Research

Author: Tia Kim
Committee for Children takes great pride in how we develop our Second Step program. We not only take the most current research in the field and translate it into lessons that use best practices in pedagogy, but we take pains in designing those lessons to be user-friendly. The melding of these components results in a program that is effective, well received, and reaches millions of children each year.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Summer Sanity Series - Part 2 Keeping Your Summer Fun On Track

Author: Melissa Benaroya
Summer is in full swing now and everyone is embracing the sunshine and the warm weather. With all the fun summer activities, parents tend to get a little more relaxed in their parenting. Being a bit more flexible and going with the flow can be wonderful and liberating, unless you are undoing the habits you worked so hard to maintain the rest of the year.

Monday, July 3, 2017

What SEL and Academics Look Like Together: The New Second Step Middle School Curriculum

Author: Kim Gulbrandson
Social-emotional skills are essential for academic success. For example, there are many connections between social-emotional learning (SEL) competencies and mathematics. To solve mathematical problems, students need skills such as perseverance and determination. They need to self-evaluate, communicate arguments, stay calm when facing challenging problems, recognize when they lack knowledge to solve a problem, and seek help from others in tough situations. Useful skills for any subject!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Meet the Makers of Our New Middle School Program

Rachel Kamb, Product Manager

Author: Rachel Kamb

Curious. Active. Egocentric. Argumentative. Inconsistent. Restless. Moody. Optimistic. Rebellious. Hopeful. Introspective. At-risk. Idealistic.

Sound like someone you know?

Friday, June 23, 2017

Summer Sanity Series - Part 1 Starting Your Summer Off Right

Author: Melissa Benaroya
As we head into summer, it can be helpful to set clear expectations for our kids, in order to avoid challenges and ensure that everyone in the family has fun. The summer months tend to create a relaxed approach to daily life and can often lead to bad habits that then require a lot of time and energy to reverse in the fall. Two ways to maintain consistency and keep things on track are making sure your child gets enough sleep and enforcing clear limits on the use of screens and devices.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Five Reasons Why the NEW Second Step Middle School Curriculum is Magnificent

Author: Kim Gulbrandson
I must admit that since Committee for Children made the announcement that a NEW Second Step Middle School curriculum will be coming out in August of 2017, I’ve been feeling a bit impatient and restless. I’m ready to dig in, so I have to keep reminding myself of what some of the Second Step elementary lessons teach: use strategies to wait patiently. But that is so hard to do! Knowing all the time and energy that has gone into the program’s development, from gathering others’ feedback and reviewing the research to pilot trials of lessons, I just know it is going to be good. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Meet the Makers of Our New Middle School Program

Brian Smith, Senior Research Scientist

Author: Brian Smith

Creating social-emotional learning (SEL) programs that deliver positive outcomes for large numbers of students requires (1) user-friendly lessons that teachers can easily fit into their schedule and deliver without extensive training, and (2) content that is engaging for students and based on the latest research.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Encourage Good Bystander Behavior Over the Summer

Author: Committee for Children
Summer is a time of freedom for most kids, and for some, that means temporarily forgetting about academic subjects. Who wants to think about multiplication tables while swimming or climbing trees? So before your kids go off to day camp or a vacation, talk with them about being bystanders to bullying.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Harvard’s Global Education Innovation Initiative Conference Recap

Author: Committee for Children
As leader of Committee for Children, a global nonprofit that strives to help the world’s children develop vital social-emotional skills through our evidence-based social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum (the Second Step program), I was excited to be invited to Harvard’s Global Education Innovation Initiative Conference (GEII) this past May.

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 9, 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 8, 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.
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What SEL and Academics Look Like Together: The New Second Step Middle School Curriculum

Social-emotional skills are essential for academic success. For example, there are many connections between social-emotional learning (SEL) competencies and mathematics. To solve mathematical problems, students need skills such as perseverance and determination. They need to self-evaluate, communicate arguments, stay calm when facing challenging problems, recognize when they lack knowledge to solve a problem, and seek help from others in tough situations. Useful skills for any subject!
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Summer Sanity Series - Part 2 Keeping Your Summer Fun On Track

Summer is in full swing now and everyone is embracing the sunshine and the warm weather. With all the fun summer activities, parents tend to get a little more relaxed in their parenting. Being a bit more flexible and going with the flow can be wonderful and liberating, unless you are undoing the habits you worked so hard to maintain the rest of the year.
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Meet the Makers of Our New Middle School Program

Committee for Children takes great pride in how we develop our Second Step program. We not only take the most current research in the field and translate it into lessons that use best practices in pedagogy, but we take pains in designing those lessons to be user-friendly. The melding of these components results in a program that is effective, well received, and reaches millions of children each year.
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ISTE 2017 Conference & Expo Recap

A few members of the Committee for Children (CFC) team had the privilege of attending the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference and Expo in San Antonio, Texas June 25-28. Rachel Kamb, a Product Manager here at CFC, also presented a session with Gary Goldberger and Leigh Hallisey of FableVision Studios titled ‘Empathy Empowers: Digital Learning Strategies’.

Read Kamb’s review of ISTE 2017 as well as a summary of the session, below.  

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The Bully Pulpit

Fifteen years ago, few states had explicit legislation aimed to reduce bullying. Today every state in the country has adopted policies to minimize bullying. Overall, 28% of students reported victimization in 2005 (when statistics were first collected) while 22% reported being victimized in 2015 (U.S. Department of Education).
Read more
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Teacher Health and Wellness: Fostering Student Achievement by Supporting Teachers’ Mental and Physical Well-being

On June 14, 2017, Committee for Children and the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) held a briefing on teacher health and wellness that was attended by over 30 people from congressional offices, national nonprofits, and academia.
Read more
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Middle School Students and Teachers Reveal How the Second Step Middle School Program Fosters Academic Success

Students and teachers from diverse classrooms across the country reported connections between social and emotional learning (SEL) and academics during their interviews about the new Second Step Middle School curriculum after piloting it in their classrooms. They shared many different examples of how the social skills learned in the new Second Step Middle School curriculum contributed to academic success.
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Meet the Makers of Our New Middle School Program

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