June 2016

Monthly Archives

  • Social and Emotional Learning in the Classroom: Promoting Mental Health and Academic Success

    Social and Emotional Learning in the Classroom: Promoting Mental Health and Academic Success (2010) Merrell, K. W., & Gueldner, B.A. (2010). Social and Emotional Learning in the Classroom: Promoting Mental Health and Academic Success. New York: Guilford Press. This book provides practical resources for implementing social and emotional learning (SEL) in any K–12 setting. Numerous examples illustrate the nuts and bolts of SEL in supporting students’ mental health, behavior, and academic performance. The book offers a variety of tools and strategies for promoting and monitoring SEL implementation in schools.

  • The Other Side of the Report Card: Assessing Students’ Social, Emotional, and Character Development

    The Other Side of the Report Card: Assessing Students’ Social, Emotional, and Character Development (2016) Elias, M. J., Ferrito, J. J., & Moceri, D. C. (2016). The Other Side of the Report Card: Assessing Students’ Social, Emotional, and Character Development. Newbury Park, CA: Corwin Press. Grounded in research and in the authors’ work with teachers and administrators, this book offers guidance on retooling report cards to better reflect the whole child, integrating SEL and character development into any schoolwide or districtwide grading system. Resources include guided exercises for analyzing existing report cards, samples and suggested report card designs, tips on improving communication with parents, case studies highlighting common challenges, and testimonials from teachers and students.

  • PBS News Hour: Kindergartners with Good Social Skills Turn into Successful Adults, Study Finds

    PBS News Hour: Kindergartners with Good Social Skills Turn into Successful Adults, Study Finds (2015) (6 min.) PBS New Hour. (2015). Published July 16, 2015. Retrieved from http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/kindergarteners-good-social-skills-turn-successful-adults-study-finds/. This news segment reports on the work of Damon Jones and his colleagues at Penn State University that documented the importance of social and emotional skill development to young people’s success in school and future well-being.

  • Hip-hop(e): Roberto Rivera at TEDxGrandRapids

    Hip-hop(e): Roberto Rivera at TEDxGrandRapids (2014) 19 min. TEDx Grand Rapids. (2016). Published June 16, 2014. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRQ0ffu19iY&feature=share&list=PLsRNoUx8w3rMRD1j7J3weQUV6Q8H__RdF&index=5. Rivera, a leading proponent of the concept of student voice, describes his experience with using hip-hop to engage young people in school.

  • Should Non-cognitive Skills Be Included in School Accountability Systems? Preliminary Evidence from California’s CORE districts

    Should Non-cognitive Skills Be Included in School Accountability Systems? Preliminary Evidence from California’s CORE districts (2016) West, M.R. (2016). Should non-cognitive skills be included in school accountability systems? Preliminary evidence from California’s CORE districts. Brookings Economic Studies: Evidence Speaks Reports, 1(13), March 17, 2016. Retrieved from http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/research/files/blogs/2016/03/evidencespeakswest031716.pdf. This article from the Brookings Institution reviews recent findings from an extensive analysis of data from the California CORE districts related to nonacademic skills. In the 2014-15 school year, CORE conducted a field test of measures of four social-emotional skills involving more than 450,000 students in grades 3-12. The data indicate that the scales used to measure student skills demonstrate strong reliability and are positively correlated with key indicators of academic performance and […]

  • Establishing Systemic Social and Emotional Learning Approaches in Schools: A Framework for Schoolwide Implementation

    Establishing Systemic Social and Emotional Learning Approaches in Schools: A Framework for Schoolwide Implementation (2016) Oberle, E., Domitrovich, E. E., Meyers, D. C., & Weissberg, R. P. (2016). Establishing systemic social and emotional learning approaches in schools: A framework for schoolwide implementation. Cambridge Journal of Education. Published online Feb. 2, 2016. DOI: 10.1080/0305764X.2015.1125450. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0305764X.2015.1125450 This article reviews the current state of SEL research and practice, focusing on the need for a model of SEL that goes beyond the classroom to include a systemic approach to implementing SEL schoolwide. The article argues that schoolwide SEL maximizes the benefits of SEL programming by becoming the organizing framework for fostering students’ potential as scholars, community members, and citizens. The article also […]

  • A Parent’s Resource Guide to Social and Emotional Learning

    A Parent’s Resource Guide to Social and Emotional Learning (2014) Edutopia. (2014). A Parent’s Resource Guide to Social and Emotional Learning. San Francisco: Author. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/SEL-parents-resources. This curated list from Edutopia will help parents identify a number of resources including blogs, articles, and videos for parents on fostering social and emotional skills like kindness, gratitude, persistence, and more.

  • MyWays: A Next Gen Toolset

    MyWays: A Next Gen Toolset (2016) Next Generation Learning Challenges. (2016). MyWays: A Next Gen Toolset. Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved from http://nextgenlearning.org/myways. These online tools were created to help educators and their communities develop and activate answers to Next Gen Learning’s Three Big Questions. The tools are in beta for pilot testing. Next Gen seeks your feedback and input on their utility. They will be refined and new tools will be added.

  • NBC Parent Toolkit

    NBC Parent Toolkit NBC. (2016). Parent Toolkit. New York: Author. Retrieved from http://www.parenttoolkit.com/. Drawing from an experienced set of experts in a range of fields, including CASEL’s Roger Weissberg, this website provides developmental markers at each age/stage, with guidance for parents on how to support each aspect of development. The site provide resources in the areas of academic achievement, health and wellness, and social and emotional development. The site also enables parents to learn about a child’s specific milestones along with tips for support.

  • Measuring MESH: Student and Teacher Surveys Created for the CORE Districts

    Measuring MESH: Student and Teacher Surveys Created for the CORE Districts (2016) Transforming Education. (2016). Measuring MESH: Student and Teacher Surveys Crated for the CORE Districts. Boston: Author. Retrieved from http://www.transformingeducation.org/measuringmesh/. Transforming Education developed this downloadable guide and set of tools to assess students’ social and emotional development in partnership with the California CORE districts, a consortium of school districts in California that are exploring innovative approaches to school improvement and assessment. MESH stands for mindsets, essential skills, and habits that can help students succeed in college, career, and life.