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Thursday, October 27, 2016

4 steps to successful SEL programs - Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

Educators are teaching social-emotional lessons in various ways, including combining SEL with standard academic instruction. "You don't want to have social-emotional learning being taught in a 45-minute lesson and nothing else," said Sean Slade, ASCD's director of outreach.
District Administration magazine online (10/10),  

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

District adopts anti-bullying, security app - This is a great article. Perhaps it would apply to your school. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

Students, parents, staff and others in an Ohio school district now have access to an anti-bullying and safety-reporting mobile app. School officials recently announced adoption of the Anonymous Alerts app.
District Administration magazine online (10/7) 
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Saturday, October 8, 2016

What constitutes success in school? Here is a report on possibilities for incorporating the care standards into schools. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

The newly developed National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development will launch a multiyear initiative exploring how schools can incorporate social and emotional learning principles into learning. The group -- a diverse set of education stakeholders -- is expected to develop a list of recommendations for schools.
Education Week (tiered subscription model) (9/20),  T.H.E. Journal (9/20) 

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

How Mindfulness and Storytelling Help Kids Heal and Learn

Here is an excellent article on mindfulness and student success.  It especially focuses 
on students with trauma.  There are more than we like to think.  Well worth the read.  
Courtesy of Mind/Shift.
Neurological research shows that tragic experiences can affect brain development 
and impact a child's ability to concentrate and relax. Schools are discovering 
that practicing mindfulness can helps students who have experienced trauma 
develop self-calming skills. At one school in Oakland, a group of students found 
the practice so transformative that they wrote a book about it. 
Master of Mindfulness: How to Be Your Own Superhero in Times of Stress 
teaches other children how mindfulness can help them deal with family conflicts, 
sad feelings and sibling rivalry.Learn More
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