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, February 24, 2017
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.
Categories: Committee for Children, Social-Emotional Learning
Can skills like empathy, problem solving, and perspective taking help nurture civility in our children? CFC's parenting expert Melissa Benaroya believes so.
Categories: Committee for Children
Tags: Social-Emotional Learning, civil discourse
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Tags: Advocacy, Committee for Children, Social-Emotional Learning
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Tags: Committee for Children, civil discourse
Wednesday, February 01, 2017
Categories: Committee for Children, Social-Emotional Learning, Second Step Program
Monday, January 30, 2017
Tags: Committee for Children, Social-Emotional Learning, motivation
Monday, January 23, 2017
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
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
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.
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
Make Motivation Easy
CFC Presents an SEL Lesson Using Second Step Program for WA State Legislators
Preparing Students for Tough Conversations
Annual Advocacy Day - A Success!
Bullying Prevention Unit
Child Protection Unit
Early, Open, Often
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