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Looking for SEL programs? New RAND report has answers

A new report from the RAND Corporation identifies 60 elementary, middle and high school-level SEL programs that can meet ESSA’s expectations for using an evidence-based intervention. The report also lists which positive outcomes the program or practice might produce, such as reducing aggression, improving motivation or addressing test anxiety.… Read More

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Seward Community Foundation Grant Highlight: Boys and Girls Club

“Second Step” is an evidence-based Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program that gives children the tools they need to succeed both in and out of the classroom. Social-emotional skills are an imperative part of development as they help us manage our behavior and emotions and navigate social complexities. With these skills in place, children have the confidence and control needed to learn. The Club’s staff sought this grant through the Seward Community Foundation because they saw a need to develop kid’s social-emotional intelligence in an ever-more complex and stimulating world.… Read More

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Changing World of Technology Stresses Kids

A rise in social, emotional and behavioral interventions in Easton schools has caught the attention of Board of Education members, and they’re discussing the factors contributing to student stress at the elementary and middle school level.… Read More


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New Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum Helps Students Find Lifelong Success

St. Mary of Gostyn School is introducing a new program called “Second Step”, which helps students learn to express themselves appropriately, accept others’ differences, and detect social cues. “While we do a great job with academics and incorporating faith into our curriculum, we feel we need to cover the social and emotional needs of our students,” said Chris Kalal, Assistant Principal at SMG.… Read More


Teacher Tonya Douglass

How Waddell Elementary dramatically improved its academic performance

Last school year, 77 percent of Waddell’s 462 students logged in to Achieve3000 after school, on weekends or during holidays, totaling 3,491 log-ins. On one of the walls in the school, Waddell displays for each grade level each month the average reading level attained and the number of articles the students read and correctly answered at least 75 percent of the comprehension questions.… Read More

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Greenbrier Elementary Piloting Social-Emotional Learning Program

Joan Cole Duffell, executive director of Committee for Children, in August issued a statement in response to the Unite the Right rally. She said fostering the social-emotional development of children could help extinguish hatred, violence, and intolerance in future generations.

“It is of paramount importance to build children’s social-emotional competencies — so that they might grow up to be adults who start from a place of empathy and kindness, not fear and hate,” Duffell wrote.… Read More

Read More at Charlottesville Tomorrow

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October is Bullying Prevention Month: Stop Bullying on the Spot

We use this bulletin board every other October because all our students know the story of Spookley the square pumpkin who was bullied by the round pumpkins. It helps reinforce the Second Step Bullying Unit lessons I teach and the literature based lessons led by our classroom teachers, administrators, and librarian. Read More

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