Social and emotional learning (SEL), also called social and emotional wellness (SEW), is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. The resource below offer parents and educators tools to support healthy social and emotional learning.
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Featured social-emotional wellness articles
A Parent's Resource Guide to Social Emotional Learning (Edutopia, by the George Lucas Education Foundation)
Growth Mindset, Clearing Up Some Common Confusion (KQED - MindShift)
Tips and Guides for Social Emotional Wellness at All Stages (NBC News, Educaiton Nation)
A Comprehensive List of Resources for Teaching Growth Mindset (Edutopia, by the George Lucas Education Foundation)
Why Talking to Kids About Emotions Early Matters (Parent.co)
The Science of Character, Developing Positive Learning Traits (KQED - Mindshift)
My Turn: Chores Better Connect Kids to Their Families (The Daily Breeze)
Teaching Character (KQED - MindShift)
How to Help Students Develop a Love of Reading (KQED - MindShift)
Keep Calm and Parent On (PaloAltoOnline.com)
15 Questions to Replace, "How Was School Today?" (Edutopia, The George Lucas Educational Foundation)
Families Connected Resources
Expert advice in under three minutes
Tips from Leah Niehaus, LCSW, on how to foster a sense of belonging for our youth.
Tips from Anna Pirkl, LMFT, ATR, LAADAC, on how to raise compassionate children.
Fostering empathy and building an inclusive community environment
Thank you to the Henry Family for sharing their story with us .
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National Resources for Drug and Alcohol Prevention
Paving the Path for Healthy Choices During the Teen Years: Talk Early, Talk Often
What Elementary School Parents Can Do Now to Help Their Future Teen Resist Alcohol
For parents and guardians of kids ages 10 to 14, this is a comprehensive guide to help talk to your kids about alcohol (NIAAA)
While a sense of inevitability often surrounds the topic of teen drinking, adults can play an important role in preventing underage alcohol use. (NPR)
A comprehensive guide that you can download (SAMSHA)