A New SEL Program Finds Its ‘Way’ to Schools, Survival and $1.5M in Seed Funding

Patrick Cook-Deegan once wanted to build a school, one focused on helping high school students find purpose through attending to their mental health and well-being. It would be based in Palo Alto, Calif., which was rattled by clusters of suicides among the city’s teenagers. The school board turned down the idea. But Cook-Deegan found other … Read more

Our Research Shows Educators Are Experiencing Trauma During the Pandemic. Here’s How We Can Reduce the Burden.

Educators play a critical role in our communities, but lately—and increasingly— they are burdened with responsibilities more appropriate for other members of the community, such as counselors, social workers, nurses and community organizers. This juggling act is particularly salient in under-resourced communities, where grappling with these issues can be a daily struggle. Since the onset … Read more

Our Research Shows Educators Are Experiencing Trauma During the Pandemic. Here’s How We Can Reduce the Burden.

Educators play a critical role in our communities, but lately—and increasingly— they are burdened with responsibilities more appropriate for other members of the community, such as counselors, social workers, nurses and community organizers. This juggling act is particularly salient in under-resourced communities, where grappling with these issues can be a daily struggle. Since the onset … Read more

How Shakespeare Helps Us Rethink Education

In “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” a comedy that William Shakespeare wrote in the 16th century, the character Biron asks, “What is the end of study?” Questioning the end, or purpose, of education is an exercise that modern students, professors and college leaders engage in all the time. Scott Newstok, professor of English at Rhodes College in … Read more

Prioritize Student Self-Care on World Teen Mental Wellness Day

Coping with stress doesn’t always fit the average teenager’s definition of cool. Use these Discovery Education resources to create a safe space where students can open up and let others in for World Teen Mental Wellness Day. Dose of Knowledge  Explore the effects that stress, anxiety, and depression can have on the teen brain and body using … Read more

Elementary Resources to Kickstart SEL Month 

Get the ball rolling for SEL Month this March with uplifting, on-the-go resources from LaGolda, the pro-social animated series and online educational program available on Discovery Education Experience. Through the world-travelling adventures of the eponymous 8-year-old girl and the awesome friendships she develops along the way, LaGolda breathes life into essential SEL skills that elementary students can relate to and explore in their own lives.  Using the animated series … Read more

Our Students Often Have Run-Ins With Police. We Started a Two-Way Dialogue to Help.

Ignacio first came to our alternative education program after a violent confrontation with school resource officers. His choice of friends left him at risk for gang activity, drug use, violence and dropping out. In some ways, he was hanging onto school by a thread. But as he spent time with us in the classroom we … Read more

The Key to Better Student Engagement Is Letting Them Show You How They Learn

A couple of weeks ago during a coaching session, a middle school teacher I work with described a fun math activity. She asked her students who were learning remotely to build blanket forts. As you might expect, the students calculated the area, perimeter and volumes of their forts. What was surprising was that for days … Read more

Citing Racism and ‘Years of Bullying,’ Dena Simmons Resigns From Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Dena Simmons, a prominent researcher of social-emotional learning, resigned from Yale University’s Center for Emotional Intelligence last month due to what she calls a pattern of behavior by some colleagues that left her feeling “tokenized, undermined and bullied.” The final straw for Simmons happened in June, during an antiracism town hall sponsored by Yale’s Child … Read more

A Social-Emotional Learning Expert Explains Why ‘Unity’ Is So Elusive

In his Inaugural Address last month, President Joe Biden spoke at length about unity. He mentioned the word 11 times in his 19-minute speech, as he implored Americans to set aside their differences and come together as one nation. Biden argued that unity offers the best way forward if our country hopes to heal from … Read more