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Social Emotional Learning Standards: A New Definition

Last August, CASEL announced a “joint effort” to establish Social Emotional Learning Standards across 8 US states. For many long-time advocates, the creation of declarative, procedural, schematically-built guidelines will surely speed up consensus, funding and implementation of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in all classrooms. But as we visit schools, what we sometimes hear is that the move towards standards could also be a dangerous…

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Live to Give: The Amazing Story of Fombah Kanneh

Live to Give: This Is How We Change The World Recently, we got an email from a young man named Fombah Kanneh. The subject line read “LIVE TO GIVE: Transforming Obstacles Into Opportunities.” Although he has never visited our office, we’ve all heard about Fombah before. His story begins with his childhood, growing up in a…

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Social Emotional Learning Training for Creating Connection

“Social Emotional Learning Training” – eh? As the number of students per class continues to grow, teachers find it increasingly difficult to create meaningful connections with each of their students. Many of us find it difficult to pin down exactly what a meaningful connection is. That’s why, regardless of our age, wisdom, and experience, all of us can benefit from a…

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Social and Emotional Learning in North Dakota

The Amazing Story of Liberty Middle School Students Using 7 Mindsets: Social and Emotional Learning in North Dakota. “Imagine a community so committed to the empowerment of youth and their cultivation of social and emotional competencies that local funders, businesses, after-school programs, parents, and schools have committed themselves to this goal. Imagine a community where…

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Teaching Gratitude: Brookwood Elementary

Teaching Gratitude …is what Brookwood Elementary teacher Susan Phillippi is all about.  She taught in Indiana and Tennessee before joining the team at Brookwood in Forsyth County, GA as a Third Grade Teacher. It was upon arriving at Brookwood that she first encountered the 7 Mindsets. She was kind enough to host Chelsea and Mahmoud…

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Four Essential Teaching Skills for the 21st Century Educator

When my son Daniel started the first grade, he was struggling with reading. My wife and I felt that we’d done everything we could as parents, placing him in preschool programs at age two, and reading to him every night. We were understandably concerned.  Reading is critical for academic success, and our son was behind.…

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