Why It Is Imperative to Assess Social Emotional Learning (Infographic) #SEL

By Jonathan E. Martin and Jeremy Burrus – This infographic explains more on why it is so important to assess social emotional learning in schools.

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Performance measurement and assessments are critical in determining the Return on Investment in SEL programming.  The 180 Degrees Program provides a detailed framework for measuring key academic and behavior metrics in youth.  You are invited to contact us to learn more!!

52 Of Our Favorite Inspirational Quotes For Teachers – TeachThought

We’ve dug through dozens of books, teacher magazines, pinterest boards, and other blogs to find 52 of our favorite inspirational quotes for teachers. We’ve tried to come up with a range of ways of thinking about teaching and learning without resorting to the most cliche lines you’ve heard again and again.

Some of these you’ve likely heard before, but hopefully the bulk of them are both new, and capable of that extra push when you need it.

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The Engaged Classroom: Current State

The data we have about trends in student engagement are worrisome. A 2015 Gallup poll of more than 800,000 students nationwide in grades 5 through 12 found that, while 50% of all the students polled reported feeling engaged at school, fully 29% of students overall reported not feeling engaged, and an alarming 21% reported feeling actively…

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Hearts and Minds: Picture books that strengthen social emotional learning

Many of the foundational skills associated with social emotional learning (SEL; see our feature on p. 22), such as the ability to identify and process emotions, being aware of oneself and others, controlling impulses, appreciating and embracing different perspectives, demonstrating empathy, building relationships, and making good decisions, are developed in the first years—during preschool and the early elementary grades. The following list is a sampling of titles ideal for starting conversations about SEL topics and themes.

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Excellent publications to strengthen SEL in youth!!

What does your ideal classroom look like? #Infographic #PracTICE #CriticalTHINKing #PBL #StudentVoice #Reflection

What does your ideal classroom look like?   I asked a district leader a while back what his ideal classroom looked like and he responded, “It’s hard to put my finger on it but I know it when I see it.” This response is more common than not. Think about that for a minute. If…


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Mindfulness and Empathy – Mindful Schools

How mindfulness training helps build a foundational social and emotional skill


I wanted to reflect  a bit on empathy and mindfulness. Humans are social beings and positive relationships are important for our happiness. Empathy is a capacity that allows us to understand the minds of others and to resonate emotionally with those states

Empathy forms a cornerstone of social cooperation.


Mindfulness as Self-Empathy

You’re probably familiar with the saying, “to stand in someone else’s shoes.” That is an aspect of empathy. However, before we stand in someone else’s shoes, we first need to know what it’s like to stand in our own shoes! With mindfulness, we learn to truly stand in our own shoes. From this perspective, mindfulness is a practice ofselfempathy. This kind of self-awareness allows us to develop empathic connections to others.5 


As we experience the landscape of our inner life with more detail and richness, our ability to understand the inner lives of others expands.


Written by Matthew Brensilver

Source: www.mindfulschools.org