Committee for Children Blog
trauma informed, social emotional learning, teacher, educator

Don’t Miss These Connections Between SEL and Trauma-Informed Practice

When we cannot know for sure whether children have experienced trauma, the use of trauma-informed practices and supports becomes more important in creating safe learning environments. Social-emotional learning and competencies are key in carrying out these practices so that kids feel supported and can thrive. … Read More


exclusionary discipline, SEL, social emotional learning, legislation, trends, analysis

Exclusionary Discipline in Schools

One of our priorities at Committee for Children is working to ensure that lawmakers are supporting the work that teachers and principals are doing in schools. Through bill-tracking, our Policy & Advocacy team has noticed that lawmakers were seeing a connection between SEL and school discipline reform, and we thought it would be beneficial to analyze the state-level legislative landscape for trends in this area.
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growth mindset

Growth Mindset Webinar Offers Engaging, Informative Lessons for Teachers

Hosted by the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE), this webinar centers on how a growth mindset can help teachers positively shape student-teacher relationships. Teacher Rachel Kamb and school counselor Tammy Fisher present a spirited, highly informative, and helpful session that communicates complex policy and research issues in simple, intriguing, and entertaining ways. … Read More


SEL pyramid, social-emotional development

Together, We Create a Better Tomorrow with Social-Emotional Development

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is officially on the rise, with growing national awareness and multiple school, behavior, and educational benefits being realized. And we’re keeping up by evolving our flagship Second Step curriculum, harnessing new research, new input from educators who understand the importance of educating the whole child, and new technology to benefit you and the students you serve. … Read More


SEL Passport Challenge

Students work hard to master their social-emotional skills. Help them stay in practice when they’re outside the classroom with this easy-to-make SEL Passport. Parents and teachers can help kids apply their skills with this handy reminder of how to use kind, respectful, prosocial behavior in any situation, in or out of school.… Read More


CASEL, social emotional learning, SEL, bullying prevention, child safety, policy and advocacy

Joan Cole Duffell Recognized with Prestigious CASEL Award

The prestigious Mary Utne O’Brien Award is presented annually by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) — and this year, we are so proud to announce that our own Executive Director, Joan Cole Duffell is its recipient. … Read More