Category Archives: SEL News

Fun activities to bring the family together this holiday season

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Sure, some holidays involve presents, but presence — quality time — is the best gift of all. Respectful Ways is pleased to offer this checklist of fun activities that children can do with the whole family this holiday season. These … READ MORE

9 reasons your students need Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programs – now more than ever

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There’s a lot of buzz around social emotional learning programs, but are they worth the investment? A growing body of research shows measurable academic, behavioral, personal, and social benefits– even more critical when students are living in the time of … READ MORE

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How Trauma-Sensitive Learning Is Continuing Online

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When the threat of COVID-19 arrived, schools responded quickly. Principals made announcements, administrators hustled, and teachers developed lesson plans. In a matter of days, students were learning from home.  But as any instructor knows, academic content represents a single facet … READ MORE

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Bullying Prevention Starts with the Power of Words: A Printout for Students

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Blog and Poems by Bruce Cabell The Impact! Bullying continues to be an enormous problem. With 95% of U.S. teens connected to the Internet and over 59% being cyber-bullied during their lifetime, there seems to be no end in sight. … READ MORE

Why Words Hurt More Than Sticks and Stones

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Growing research shows that social and emotional trauma in childhood rewires the brain and contributes to PTSD, depression, and substance abuse in adulthood.   As children, many of us learned to protect our feelings with the mantra, “Sticks and stones … READ MORE

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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

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