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    Harvard—Making Caring Common

    Resources and materials to prevent bullying. (April 2017) Learn more.

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    ChildTrends:

    All 50 states now have anti-bullying laws. Now what?.

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    Reuters

    Kids more likely to stop bullies when parents tell them to. (April 2017) Learn more.

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    One teacher’s brilliant strategy to stop school shootings—and it’s not about guns.

    Reader’s Digest. (Feb. 2018) More

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    Florida Teacher’s Kindness Squad is Making a Difference, Promoting SEL.

    The 74. (Nov. 2019) More

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    Creative Ways SEL Assessment Informs Curriculum Around the World

    By Cherilyn G. Leet and Dr. Susan Stillman (Six Seconds)   The results of SEL assessments can be intriguing, motivating, and tied to curriculum. They do not have to be dry, feared, or detached. In our experience working with educators from the Americas to Europe, from the Middle East to Asia to Africa, data from SEL assessments have the potential to imbue a school with life. When all stakeholders come together with curiosity to explore the data and wisdom that can be derived from SEL assessments, the insights gained can lay the groundwork for positive change. Strong SEL assessments can become the axles which bring the school’s curriculum design, behavioral intervention, parent engagement, and teacher collaboration into sync.   The […]

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    Design Challenge Winner Zoo U: A Game Platform for Performance-based Assessment of Children’s Social and Emotional Skills

    By Millicent Mooring, 3C Institute It’s well established that strong social and emotional (SE) skills are key to doing well in school—not only socially but also academically—and the earlier they’re learned, the better. To effectively intervene with students who are struggling, schools must first assess which students need help in which areas. Unfortunately, traditional survey methods for SE skills assessment require considerable staff time, making them costly and time-consuming to implement. Furthermore, the results aren’t always reliable due to inconsistent administration and students’ altering their behavior because they know they’re being tested. Designed and developed with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, Zoo U delivers a research-proven, game-based performance assessment of upper elementary aged children’s SE skills (grades 2-5); providing schools with […]

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    Design Challenge Winner: Measuring Social Reasoning in Children

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    Socially and Emotionally Safe – and Hopeful!

    By Tim Shriver, Co-Chair of the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development and Chair of the CASEL Board More than thirty years ago when I was a teacher at a high school in New Haven, Connecticut, a student standing just a few feet from me during dismissal was shot. I went home that day with his blood on my clothes and the shocking immediacy and stark reality of a challenge on my mind. My colleagues and I, guided by the child development based systems reform work of Dr. James Comer and the social competence promotion work of Dr. Roger Weissberg and supported by our principal and superintendent, began shaping a strategy to put the needs of children—all their […]

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    Measuring Social Reasoning in Children: Be Part of a National Norming Study!

    by Nicole Russo-Ponsaran, Rush NeuroBehavioral Center   Millions of children in the United States have social challenges that are related to behavioral and academic difficulties. To address this problem, many states are adopting social-emotional learning standards and schools are implementing programs that teach children how to interact positively with others. Yet, educators have surprisingly few tools available to adequately measure social-emotional skills children directly.   Ever wonder how a child navigates her social world and what makes one student more successful than another?   Using the theoretical social information processing model by Crick and Dodge as its framework, the research team at Rush NeuroBehavioral Center, in partnership with Soar Technology, Inc., developed Virtual Environment for Social Information Processing, or VESIPTM, […]