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Jessica Nixon
Nov 14, 2017

RTP Brief: Social-Emotional Learning and Academics


Integrating social and emotional learning (SEL) into the academic curriculum not only benefits students, but also teachers and other school personnel. In addition to behavioral improvement, SEL has been linked to gains in academic achievement. When classroom behavioral functioning improves, students are better prepared to engage in academic work... Read the FULL BRIEF HERE and comment below.

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  • Jessica Nixon
    Feb 9, 2018

    Despite research that shows the efficacy of socioemotional learning (SEL), widespread implementation of SEL into school curriculum has faced criticism from educators who doubt that SEL practices are differentiated enough to address the unique needs of individual students and schools, particularly older students. However, integrating SEL through the lens of critical consciousness allows schools to tailor SEL concepts to meet the needs of adolescents, including those experiencing substantial challenges with self-regulation... Read the FULL BRIEF HERE.
  • Jessica Nixon
    Oct 24, 2017

    The development of students’ social and emotional skills goes hand-in-hand with their academic preparation and success. In fact, schools that provide students with social and emotional learning (SEL) supports tend to see increases in both achievement and engagement because students are better able to a) navigate social situations, b) understand and manage their emotions, and c) avoid risky behaviors that might lead to punitive discipline. Teachers that integrate social-emotional competencies into the classroom not only enhance the academic learning of their students, but also peak students’ intellectual curiosities to imagine the world beyond their individual classrooms... Read the FULL BRIEF HERE and comment below.
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    Sep 26, 2017

    Across the country, the practice of mindfulness is making its way into public schools. Mindfulness draws from meditative concepts and practices that aim to cultivate greater self-awareness and reflection on one’s thoughts, actions, and surroundings. Research has shown that it can help to improve a student’s ability to handle stress and alleviate depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress, and eating disorders... Read the FULL BRIEF HERE and comment below.
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