Let’s Talk SEL

We’ve all been thinking a lot about what our students have lost this year: academic gains, time in the classroom, memories with friends. But these challenging months have also created new opportunities for children to gain important emotional, mental, and social skills: resiliency, perseverance, empathy, optimism. The resources below can support educators as they encourage students to #showSEL skills in the classroom.

Do the Write Thing: Supporting SEL Through Writing

This video from curriculum experts shares tips on incorporating SEL into your students’ writing activities and how educators can work with students to support their SEL.

SEL Writing Prompts

The Reading Plus writing prompts encourage students to deepen their understanding of SEL competencies as they strengthen writing skills.

Download our writing prompts that support the Relationship Skills SEL competency here.

Interested in more SEL writing prompts? Download our responsible decision-making, self-awareness, self-management, and social awareness writing prompts:

SEL Blog Posts from Reading Plus

SEL Articles from our Friends

4 Social-Emotional Practices to Help Students Flourish Now

Article from EdWeek

EdWeek shares four recommendations for approaches that will help students feel understood, express themselves, and flourish during the school year.

How 2 Middle Schools
are Prioritizing SEL
for Teenage Students

Article from K-12 Dive

Educators in these Minnesota and Tennessee schools have integrated SEL curriculum throughout the day.

For Social-Emotional Learning to Move Beyond Buzzwords, It Must
Start with Educators

Article from EdSurge

When implemented well, SEL has the power to transform schools, lives, and even communities.

SEL Practices to Use Every Day

Article from TeachHub

There are many ways to help students foster social-emotional learning skills. Take a look at TeachHub’s recommended strategies.

SEL for Principals: How a Professional Development Program Serves Their
High-Stress Needs

Article from EdWeek

The program aims to help principals manage stress, build better relationships with teachers and staff and their school communities, and rediscover joy in their work.

5 Adaptable SEL Strategies for
In-Person or Distance Learning

Article from Edutopia

Whatever this school year brings, teachers can consistently use these strategies to promote critical life skills.