Committee for Children Blog
CASEL, social emotional learning, SEL, bullying prevention, child safety, policy and advocacy

Joan Cole Duffell Recognized with Prestigious CASEL Award

Committee for Children’s Executive Director is Honored for Her Work in SEL

We at Committee for Children are so proud to announce that our very own Joan Cole Duffell is a recipient of the 2018 Mary Utne O’Brien award!… Read More


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The Growing Link Between SEL and Employability Skills

Connecting employers and educators to raise SEL as a part of workforce preparedness.

Social-emotional skills have become a necessity in the 21st-century workplace. See how Committee for Children is working to connect employers and educators to raise SEL as a part of workforce preparedness.
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Classroom Challenge: Reinforcing SEL Lessons with Haiku

Support the SEL Lessons Learned in Class with this Fun, Free Activity

Reinforcing classroom lessons with activities that challenge students’ creativity is an excellent way to support their comprehension and internalization of what they’re learning. Encourage your students to get creative and explore the rhythm of writing haiku!… Read More


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Books to Help Parents Talk About and Respond to Child Sexual Abuse

A Curated Book List from the Second Step Child Protection Unit

Research suggests that talking about child sexual abuse helps keep kids safe. We’ve curated this list of books for helping families talk about child safety, for children recovering from trauma, and for adults supporting children recovering from trauma. See these and more resources.… Read More


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The Hot Chocolate Talk: The Discussion Every Parent Needs to Have

Tips, Tools, and Resources for Parents to Help Start the Conversation

Child sexual abuse thrives on silence. Parents who talk openly and often to children about abuse help to keep kids safe. The Hot Chocolate Talk is our new initiative that will demonstrate to parents what to say and do to protect kids from predators. … Read More


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How the New Funding Bill Affects SEL in Schools

News and Resources for SEL Funding

The omnibus spending bill provides $1.1 billion in funding for fiscal year 2018 for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant (SSAEG) program, which is Title IV-A of the ESSA. These funds can be used to purchase social-emotional learning (SEL) materials, including our SEL curriculum, the Second Step Program. Learn more.… Read More


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Why Empathy Alone Won’t Stop Bullying

Next Steps, Like Kindness, Are Required to Influence Positive Outcomes

Did you know that people who bully often know exactly how their targets will feel when they bully them? It’s important to understand what empathy is and what next-steps are required to influence positive outcomes in bullying situations.… Read More