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Book Review: Challenging Behavior in Elementary and Middle School

by Barbara Kaiser and Judy Sklar Rasminsky
Reading Level: Adult

In the introduction to their award-winning Challenging Behavior in Elementary and Middle School, authors Barbara Kaiser and Judy Sklar Rasminsky write: “As a teacher or future teacher, you have two choices. Either you can create an environment that welcomes [students] and teaches them how to become the best…… Read More


Sexting: The Anonymity Irony

As parents, teachers, and children navigate our quickly evolving cyberscape, with its continents and oceans of Internet, texting, blogs, instant messaging, and social networking sites, not to mention whole new dialects and norms, we find both limitless possibility and opportunity for trouble. Although in many ways it is the young people who are leading this expedition, it is up to the adults to balance sharing our wisdom and experience with allowing our progeny to find their own…… Read More


A Perspective from Dachau

I love my job for many reasons. I get to travel the country and meet with schools that use Committee for Children programs or want to know more about social-emotional learning.… Read More


Beloit Schools Aim to Tackle Bullies

http://www.beloitdailynews.com/news/local_news/schools-aim-to-tackle-bullies/article_01b692db-d259-561a-8c35-55847bf87a30.html… Read More


In My Father’s Shoes

While I was growing up, I frequently clashed with my dad, a Greek immigrant, who had different ideas about the how I should live my life.… Read More


Book Review: No Castles Here

By A. C. E. Bauer
Reading level: Grades 6–8

Eleven-year-old Augie Boretski’s best bet in life is to be invisible. As a skinny, friendless boy in a down-and-out neighborhood, Augie tries to keep off the radar of Sergio, Dwaine, and Fox Tooth, the three biggest troublemakers in sixth grade. Unfortunately, he is their favorite target. School is a daily trial, as the boys chase, beat up, and steal from…… Read More


An Ounce of Prevention

Several years ago I worked on a University of Washington research study on an intervention technique for teen marijuana use.… Read More


Everybody Needs a Little SEL

Every single one of us needs to know how to get along with others, treat people with respect, take a few deep breaths when we are angry, say “no” to an overly affectionate babysitter or, later on, a pushy boyfriend.… Read More


Positive Schools Climate | Students studying | Library

School Climate and Social-Emotional Learning

The concept of “school climate” is of great interest to educators today who, in light of regular news reports of school violence, are seeking a way to keep their school community safe for everyone. Although the term has been in use for more than 100 years (Perry, 1908), the exact meaning of school climate is still difficult to pin down.

For the purposes of this article, we’ll use the definition set forth by the Read More


Social-Emotional Learning and Academics Activities

>Elementary and middle school activities that incorporate social-emotional learning and academics (adapted from the Second Step and Steps to Respect programs)

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