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Creating Connections with SEL and Boys Town®

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) has long been a focus of education. Included in early discussions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), SEL generated a lot of excitement about its potential to be considered, alongside academic indicators, a measure of student and school success. However, when it came time to solidifying ESSA goals, social-emotional learning appeared to be excluded from many state plans, largely due to its perceived incapacity for monitoring student improvement.

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Irving Middle School Wins 2018 Inspire School Award

Originally Published in the Lincoln Journal Star

Ben was a high-trauma child. He came to Irving Middle School as a sixth-grader scared of school and not trusting adults. His behavior kept him out of the classroom more than he was in it. Four years ago, a student like Ben might have faced suspension or expulsion, and his future success would have been questionable. But students like Ben have been able to assimilate and become productive members of their school community at Lincoln Public Schools, including Irving Middle School.

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Study: Behavior in kindergarten linked to adult success

Children who were helpful and shared in kindergarten were more likely to have graduated college and have a full-time job at age 25. The children who had problems resolving conflicts, sharing, cooperating and listening as kindergartners were less likely to have finished high school and college, and were more likely to have substance abuse problems and run-ins with the law.

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Teaching Empathy: Turning a Lesson Plan into a Life Skill

By Joe Hirsch

Worried about the shrinking presence of empathy in our schools? I know how you feel. With classrooms operating more like grade factories, it's hard to make the case for school-driven empathy. Faced with an endless cycle of memorize, drill, spit back and test, teachers have become the wardens of a new educational reality that pits the head against the heart. Even if educators manage to skate past the dizzying array of standards and value-added evaluations, they must still contend with this fundamental divide: academic rigor, with its unflinching emphasis on measurable success, seems strangely at odds with emotional intelligence, a soufflé of moods and feelings. Which leaves many to wonder -- can empathy feel its way back into the classroom?

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The Importance of Teaching Through Relationships

By Stacey Goodman

How do we teach through relationships? What does that even mean? That was my response when I began working at a school that holds teaching through relationships as a core value. Teaching through relationships posits that teachers who have knowledge about their students will be better able to teach them. It is a fundamental idea that most progressive educators have long embraced.

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The Long-Term Economic Benefits of Social and Emotional Learning

The past two decades have brought clear progress and a stronger empirical understanding to the fields of school-based prevention and the broader field of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) (Greenberg et al., 2003). There are now a considerable number of evidence-based classroom and family-based curricula that have been shown to reduce adverse mental health symptoms, substance use, and associated risk factors.

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Developing Social Emotional Competencies Intentionally

"Social emotional competencies need to be developed much in the same way academic competencies are developed-through instruction, and if necessary through correction and intervention."

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Building Reading Skills Step by Step

Though she was resistant, I persuaded Anna to enter Reading Is FAME, the reading program our district had adopted. Because of the Reading Is FAME program, five months into the program Anna had been transformed from a self-proclaimed nonreader to a Borders-gift-card-toting book lover.

Reading is FAME is now Expedition Literacy

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