6 Ways Social-Emotional Learning Can Support Trauma-Sensitive Schools

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In our first installment of our series on trauma-sensitive schools, we discovered how common trauma is among school-age children, and how it shapes every dimension of students’ experience. With half of all students suffering some sort of serious trauma, it … READ MORE

Why We Need Trauma-Sensitive Schools

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How many students do you think are dealing with significant traumas in each classroom in America? How many are contending with violence, sexual abuse, chemical dependence, mental health issues, or an incarcerated parent?   When the CDC conducted research on … READ MORE

5 Fun Ways to Keep Kids’ Social Skills Fresh: Print This Summer Guide

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Summertime doesn’t have to mean a slide in personal growth. These fun activities can help kids keep their Social-Emotional Learning fresh over the summer, and learn more about themselves and others along the way. Print this guide to summertime SEL, … READ MORE

What Does It Take to Be Your Best Self?

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What does it take to be your best self when you struggle with mental health issues? The secret lies in getting help, sharing our struggles, and learning to be fully present with past traumas, as artists like Lady Gaga know … READ MORE

How to Train Kids Not to Be Bystanders

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What would it take to end bullying in your school and in your community? Answers vary, but they all include one key ingredient: the community, as a whole, actively discouraging bullying in order to create a culture of care. The … READ MORE

Do Positive Attitudes Really Make a Difference?

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Does seeing the glass half-full benefit us? Does it really make a difference? Could it even disadvantage us? The answers to these questions might come as a surprise. A growing consensus of research shows positive attitudes have a measurable impact … READ MORE

4 Reasons Why PBIS and SEL Belong Together

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A growing chorus of educators is touting the benefits of integrating Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) with Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) programs. Here are four demonstrable advantages of implementing SEL alongside PBIS. Sometimes a common need generates more than one … READ MORE

Juuling and Smoking: What Teachers – and Parents – Should Know

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It’s small, it’s potent, and your students are using it. What you need to know about the dangers of Juul and cigarette smoking.   Understanding Juul begins with appreciating the changing terrain of public health policy around tobacco use. For … READ MORE