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  • Education Writers Association Roundtable

    CASEL Chief Knowledge Officer Roger Weissberg spoke with journalists about the impact of ESSA on SEL at the Education Writers Association roundtable held October 6. Roger fielded questions related to the definition of SEL and SEL looks like in districts and schools.

  • United Way Education Summit (Nov. 2016)

    Jo Salazar, CASEL’s manager of practice, led a workshop about CASEL’s work in Chicago’s Marshall Square neighborhood as part of the Nov. 3 Chicago United Way Education Summit. The session highlighted how SEL is a proactive approach for students who may experience or already have experienced trauma. Speakers from CASEL’s Supportive School Communities Project presented on how implementing systemic SEL in four pilot schools is helping students to be resilient.

  • 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 […]

  • 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.