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What Is Social-Emotional Learning?

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Social-emotional learning (SEL) isn’t just a feel-good activity. From effective communication to impulse control, SEL provides a foundation for positive, long-term effects on kids, adults, and communities. But defining SEL—and understanding what it looks like in a classroom—is an important place to start. Read More


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Social-Emotional Learning, Digital Citizenship, and Media Literacy

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many young people are being asked to engage even more in online and digital platforms. Social-emotional learning, digital citizenship, and media literacy provide critical skill sets that can help young people safely engage online.Read More


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Mental Health and Social-Emotional Learning Supports

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Student mental health supports look different now as compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic, as students’ exposure to trauma has increased. We compare the mental health supports needed before and during the pandemic, and show how supports during the pandemic can operate in in-person and remote contexts.Read More


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SEL Can Promote Mental Wellness: Essential in Times of Crisis

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Every young person will be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and schools must provide supports that serve the mental well-being of young people. Social-emotional learning (SEL) is an indispensable part of this equation because it can decrease emotional distress for young people and enhance their positive development.Read More


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Trauma-Informed Practices and Social-Emotional Learning

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In times of disaster, sources of trauma may increase. A trauma-informed learning environment can help mitigate the effects of trauma and help students feel safe and supported—socially, emotionally, and academically. This, in turn, supports students’ relationships, self-regulation, and well-being. Read More


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Social-Emotional Learning Can Help Prevent Bullying

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Bullying is pervasive and challenging to prevent, but effective prevention is possible with a foundation of research-based, schoolwide social-emotional learning (SEL) programs in concert with anti-bullying programs.Read More


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SEL and Substance Abuse in Young People

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Adolescent substance use has long-lasting implications, and early prevention is critical. Early interventions that promote social-emotional competence can have greater effects than later interventions, shifting children’s life course trajectories away from problem behaviors and toward positive outcomes.Read More


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SEL, School Safety, and School Climate

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Evidence suggests social regulation, self-regulation, and problem-solving are key to school violence prevention. Research-based SEL programs can promote skills and attitudes that serve as protective factors, which in turn can mitigate harmful behaviors, provide support for students, and improve school climate and safety.Read More


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SEL as a Component of Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

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SEL is critical to empowering youth with the skills to recognize, report, and refuse sexual abuse. A comprehensive research-based child sexual abuse prevention program helps children feel safe and supported, and helps decrease a child’s vulnerability to potential harm.Read More