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SEL Resource Round-Up: 6 Websites to Explore for Research, Implementation Frameworks, and Classroom Activities

SEL Resource Round-Up: 6 Websites to Explore for Research, Implementation Frameworks, and Classroom Activities

Today’s world is a complicated, highly connected, and incredibly nuanced place; focusing purely on academic learning doesn’t cut it anymore in preparing students for success beyond the classroom. As more and more educators and parents recognize the growing need to emphasize soft skills, social and emotional learning (SEL) is an approach that’s quickly gaining traction. But, what exactly is it? The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) defines social and emotional learning as follows:

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.  

Broad? Yes. Important? Absolutely. And, luckily, there’s a virtual treasure trove of online resources to help educators start incorporating SEL in their schools and classrooms. Whether you’re looking to slip little SEL nuggets into an existing curriculum or implement a holistic SEL program at the school or district level, we’ve gathered some of our favorite sites and resources to support your SEL goals.

CASEL

When it comes to information, research, and resources related to SEL, CASEL really can’t be beat. The organization’s webpage includes a number of different portals, programs, and documents for educators, parents and students. Here are just a few of the highlights:

Common Sense Education Social & Emotional Learning Educator Toolkit

This toolkit from the highly respected Common Sense nonprofit organization aims to help educators understand the different skills and character traits that SEL focuses on and find effective classroom activities and technology tools to support their development.

The Wallace Foundation Knowledge Center: Social and Emotional Learning

The Wallace Foundation supports broad national programs to improve learning and enrichment opportunities for disadvantaged children, and SEL is one of the primary areas of focus. The Social and Emotional Learning section of The Wallace Foundation’s online Knowledge Center includes this recent comprehensive report on SEL implementation in elementary schools across the country in addition to other helpful research and implementation resources.

Larry Ferlazzo’s All My BAM! Radio Shows About Social Emotional Learning

Are you a podcast fan? Then, check out Larry Ferlazzo’s extensive library of short shows on topics related to SEL! The prolific education writer and radio show host has hosted shows with notable SEL researchers to talk about brain and learning science behind the approach and actionable ways classroom teachers can put SEL strategies in place.

Center on Great Teachers & Leaders: The SEL School

The Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, a project of the American Institutes for Research, was created with the mission of ensuring “all students have access to great teachers and leaders,” and supporting SEL efforts is one of the center’s primary approaches. The SEL School provides resources to help educators develop whole-child teaching practices, and it helps schools, districts, and education agencies make connections between SEL and effective teaching.

Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports OSEP Technical Assistance Center

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an intervention framework grounded in SEL principles funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE). The PBIS Technical Assistance Center provides an incredibly rich library of resources to help educators get familiar with the SEL method; implement a multi-tiered intervention model; and leverage SEL-based approaches to improve social, emotional, and academic outcomes, in addition to promoting equity.

Now that you’ve explored the in-depth research, are you ready for a few actionable SEL quick tips? Check out this blog post to learn What Teachers Can Do Now to Boost Social and Emotional Learning in the Classroom!