Recommended Reads: Social and Emotional Learning Resources

Our Complete Learners blog series on social and emotional learning kicked off last month with a growth mindset guide. The series continues this week with some external resources from around the web to build a deeper understanding about the "soft skills" that go into being a complete learner.

Teach the Whole Child Check out this six-episode podcast series from veteran educator Steve Reifman. Each episode features strategies, stories, tips, and resources that help fellow educators inspire and empower their students and improve their teaching.
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) CASEL is a clearinghouse for all things social and emotional learning (SEL). As perhaps the most well-known organization devoted to SEL, the CASEL site features background information, impact research, and resources on best practices for implementation, including how other schools and districts are engaged in this work.
Moving Forward With the Whole Learner From start to finish, this year’s EdSurge Fusion Conference was all about the whole learner. You can check out the event’s full agenda here, which included Sesame Workshop's Akimi Gibson keynote, Why Social-Emotional Learning Matters (Check out the video here and an article about her presentation here.) In the closing keynote below, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Bror Saxberg and Dr. Brooke Stafford-Brizard share how applying learning science and human development to education can equip every young person with the knowledge, skills, habits, and agency to thrive in an ever-changing world.
Want More Kids to Be Ready? Help Them Name and Appreciate the Skills They Already Have In this article, Karen Pittman from The Forum for Youth Investment explores how educators can build on students’ strengths by helping them reflect on and name skills they already have. She highlights a study in which job-readiness rates among low-income students doubled after students identified and described personal experiences that demonstrated certain employable skill sets. “Building on students’ strengths is what great teachers, great parents, great youth workers and great mentors do,” she writes.

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#SEL Twitter’s #sel page, generates hundreds of inspiring and insightful posts from around the world every single day. Top tweets link to articles, infographics, wonderings, and conversations about SEL.

Promoting social and emotional learning: Guidelines for educators This timeless book, first published in 1997, is still as relevant as ever. After the authors noted the crucial need for a practical educator guide to establish high-quality SEL programs, they drew from scientific studies, site visits, and their own extensive professional experiences to identify 39 concise guidelines.
Student 360 Information Tracker This helpful chart allows teachers track the personal experiences and interests of their students in order to build strong lasting relationships. Understanding more about students’ lives outside of the classroom is just as important as the academic performance data.
Whole Child Indicators A checklist for schools from ASCD (wholechildeducation.org/) of a whole child approach to education and community engagement.

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