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    Open Circle

    Elementary SELect Program Program Design and Implementation Support The Open Circle program, for use in kindergarten through fifth grade, is designed to equip teachers with effective practices for creating a cooperative classroom community and establishing positive relationships and effective approaches to problem solving within the classroom. The program has, on average, 34 structured lessons each year that cover relationship building and communication skills, understanding and managing emotions, and problem solving. Lessons begin with a review of the previous lesson, introduce new concepts, develop and practice new skills, provide homework/extension activities, and suggest connections to literature. Supplementary lessons are also provided to support each core lesson. The Open Circle program also has a separate unit on bullying, as well as separate components […]

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    4Rs (Reading, Writing, Respect, and Resolution)

    Elementary SELect Program Program Design and Implementation Support The 4Rs program (Reading, Writing, Respect, and Resolution) provides read-alouds, book talks, and sequential, interactive skills lessons to develop social and emotional skills related to understanding and managing feelings, listening and developing empathy, being assertive, solving conflict creatively and nonviolently, honoring diversity, and standing up to teasing and bullying. 4Rs is a grade-specific program available for students in prekindergarten through eighth grade. Divided into seven units, each grade has approximately 35 lessons — one a week throughout the year. Units also include extension activities, infusion ideas, recommendations of other books, and 4Rs Activity Sheets to reinforce students’ understanding. The 4Rs program reinforces skills and concepts covered in each unit with a Family […]

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    Positive Action

    Elementary SELect Program Program Design and Implementation Support The Positive Action program is designed to promote a healthy self-concept and to establish positive actions for the body and mind. The program emphasizes effective self-management, social skills, character, and mental health, as well as skills for setting and achieving goals. The Positive Action classroom curriculum contains separate sets of lessons for use each year, from prekindergarten through twelfth grade. Each grade has approximately 140 sequenced lessons, all of which include a step-by-step script organized around a different theme. All content is based on a single fundamental philosophy: You feel good about yourself when you do positive actions (positive self- concept), and there is a positive way (positive actions) to do everything. […]

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    Blogs

    Child-Psych Blog: Child Development, Parenting, and Child Psychology Two clinical-child psychologists draw from a solid research base for articles for parents and educators on child development. Edutopia: Maurice Elias on Social and Emotional Learning Maurice Elias, a long-time CASEL collaborator and and professor of psychology and director of the Social and Emotional Learning Lab at Rutgers University, writes regularly for Edutopia on social and emotional learning topics. Momma Data: Debunking Children’s Health News and Advice. The author, a psychologist and researcher, examines popularized research for rigor and validity. She shares her views and questions for parents on key challenges such as bullying, ADHD, autism, and more. Parenting Science: Parenting for the Science-minded The author is an evolutionary biologist and anthropologist […]

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    Collaborators

    CASEL always has been about collaboration. Indeed, it is the “C” in our name. It was through the collaboration of researchers, educators, policymakers, philanthropists, and child advocates focused on improving students’ social and emotional well-being that the educational field of social and emotional learning was developed. In the early 1990s researchers investigating the best ways to encourage positive behaviors like active citizenship and service-learning and to prevent high-risk behaviors like violence, bullying, unwanted pregnancies, and drug abuse came to realize that students benefited the most when positive youth development programs and strategies are coordinated and integrated at the school and district levels. The educational field of social and emotional learning was born with the founding of CASEL in 1994. SEL […]

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    Blogs

    Web Blogs Partnerships Newsletters-Guides Books   Blogs Child-Psych Blog: Child Development, Parenting, and Child Psychology Two clinical-child psychologists draw from a solid research base for articles for parents and educators on child development. Momma Data: Debunking Children’s Health News and Advice The author, a psychologist and researcher, examines popularized research for rigor and validity. She shares her views and questions for parents on key challenges such as bullying, ADHD, autism, and more. Parenting Science: Parenting for the Science-minded The author is an evolutionary biologist and anthropologist who brings her unique perspective to parenting by reviewing how science may impact a range of child development issues.

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    CSI Resources: Implementation

    The Missing Piece. This report, developed for CASEL by Civic Enterprises and Hart Research Associates, shares results of a national survey of teacher attitudes and experiences with SEL. It is unique in prioritizing the views of teachers. Use it to help make the case for SEL among teachers. Ready to Lead: A National Principal Survey on How Social and Emotional Learning Can Prepare Children and Transform Schools. Developed for CASEL by Civic Enterprises and Hart Research Associates, this report presents findings from a national survey of school principals that shows strong support for SEL and a need for resources for implementation and professional learning. EXTERNAL AIR: When Districts Support and Integrate Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). This brief explores school-based SEL implementation based on the […]

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    Captain McFinn: Explore Kindness

    Promising Program Program Design Captain McFinn: Explore Kindness is a social-emotional learning curriculum that uses free-standing lesson, and teaching practices approaches to engage with students in prosocial learning experiences. The curriculum consists of 8-themed weeks, each consisting of three 10-20 minute lessons (called ‘Finn Breaks’). Within each themed week, ‘Finn Breaks’ provide students the opportunities to engage with and practice social emotional competencies.  The program’s design offers the utmost flexibility for scheduling ‘Finn Breaks’ in their instructional schedule. Examples of themed weeks include ‘Kind or Unkind,’ ‘All About Feelings,’ and ‘What is Bullying?’ The program also includes full-color posters to be used as anchor charts for reinforcing skills from the curriculum and themed incentives (e.g., stickers) for students. Also included […]

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    Catherine Bradshaw

    Catherine Bradshaw Board of Directors Catherine Bradshaw is a university professor and the senior associate dean for research and faculty development at the University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development.  Prior to her current appointment, she was an associate professor and the associate chair of the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she continues to hold an adjunct faculty appointment and affiliation with several research centers.  She holds a doctorate in developmental psychology from Cornell University and a Master’s of education in counseling and guidance from the University of Georgia. Her primary research interests focus on the development of behavior and mental health problems and school-based prevention and intervention programming.  […]

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    Instagram Wants to Curb Bullying. First It Needs to Define Bullying.

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