Measuring The Impact of SEL Programming Through SEL Skills Assessment
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by Taylor Barberis
8M ago
Measuring the impact of social and emotional learning (SEL) programming is crucial to ensuring it is actually making a difference in your students’ lives. When students have strong SEL skills, they can perform stronger academically. But how can you determine whether your SEL program is achieving its goals?   What are SEL Skills?  First, we must understand what SEL skills are and how to measure them. According to CASEL, having SEL skills means having the ability to acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions, achieve goals ..read more
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Enhancing Classroom Culture Through Differentiated Options for Learning
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by Taylor Barberis
8M ago
Social and emotional learning (SEL) plays a critical role in equipping students with life skills that will carry them beyond graduation. Educators can use SEL to promote a more positive classroom culture that offers diverse options for learning where all students can thrive. Let’s explore the connection between a healthy school environment and the benefits of differentiated learning.  Cultivating a Positive Classroom Culture So, how do you build culture in the classroom? And how does it impact our students and their growth in SEL skills? A strong classroom culture sets the stage for meani ..read more
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Assessment and Student Success in a Differentiated Classroom: How Accurate Data Can Help You Cut Through the Noise
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by Taylor Barberis
8M ago
The amount of data we collect as educators can be overwhelming. Data collected with fidelity can help cut through the noise to inform useful, meaningful decisions that set students up for social and emotional success. Dr. Lisa Micou talked with SEL Coordinator Jayme Gaudet in a recent webinar about school assessment and student success in a differentiated classroom.  Watch the Webinar! What Data Sources do you Rely on to Determine Student Success Metrics? Jayme explained that her district began by looking at data in terms of academic performance and nurse visits. Using additional stu ..read more
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MTSS in Education: Using the MTSS Triangle to Overcome Learning Loss
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by Taylor Barberis
9M ago
“Learning loss” is one of the many buzzwords that emerged from the pandemic and continues to be a top priority for district administrators. Regarding MTSS in education, the MTSS triangle, often called the MTSS pyramid, supports student behavior identification and the subsequent allocation of resources to ensure students’ continued success.  In a recent webinar, Aperture Education’s Dr. Lisa Micou, a nationally certified school psychologist, shared more about integrating SEL into MTSS in education to support students. Here are some of the key takeaways.  Watch the Webinar! Learning Lo ..read more
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SEL Survey vs Assessment
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by Taylor Barberis
10M ago
Measuring Your SEL Curriculum to Ensure Its Value Emphasize the value of your educators’ time and make the most of your district’s investment by measuring and enhancing the effectiveness of your SEL curriculum. With a trusted way to measure the impact of social and emotional learning (SEL) programs, school administrators can easily identify what is working and what is not. Two of the most common ways to look at SEL program’s effectiveness are through surveys and assessments. Let’s take a deeper look at surveys vs assessments and how each tool is specifically desig ..read more
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Self Regulated Strategy Development: Understanding Emotional Dysregulation
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by Taylor Barberis
10M ago
We go about our days exposed to a wide range of stimuli. When we are exposed to trauma or experience chronic stress, it can cause a dysregulated nervous system. This leads to adults and children reacting to stimuli differently due to their bodies’ state of long-term stress. You may have heard this called a trauma response. While SEL alone cannot solve or cure trauma, SEL practices can equip children proactively with skills that bolster their resilience. Let’s explore emotional dysregulation and how self regulated strategy development promotes wellbeing. Emotional Dysregulation and the Im ..read more
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The Clock’s Ticking: Take Advantage of SEL Grants Before It’s Too Late
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by Taylor Barberis
10M ago
The federal government provided the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER funds) to support school districts across the nation as they navigated the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds can be used in a variety of ways to support student and educator well-being.  Applying federal funds toward SEL can directly impact your students’ academic outcomes, test scores, attendance rates, and more. Furthermore, incorporating social and emotional learning (SEL) at the educator level enhances their understanding and capacity to teach and model SEL to students, while also developing ..read more
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Teaching the Whole Child: How SEL is Essential in High School
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by Taylor Barberis
10M ago
In today’s competitive job market, employers are not only looking for technical expertise, but for candidates who possess strong social and emotional skills. Why are SEL skills critical for success in the workplace and beyond? Indeed, the #1 job site in the world1, recently shared the top skills that employers look for when hiring employees. SEL skills not only aid in employment but also motivate students to excel academically and post-graduation. Let’s explore SEL’s role in teaching the whole child and developing the top skills sought by employers.   Communication Skills   ..read more
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How Can Teachers Help Students Be Successful?
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by Taylor Barberis
11M ago
When you think back to your own high school experience, which educators stick out in your mind? The math teacher who also coached your baseball team? The English teacher that let you do projects that aligned to your interests? Maybe it’s the librarian that always had a book recommendation ready for you. Many of the educators that stick out do so for positive reasons. They went above and beyond to support extracurricular interests and bring those interests into the classroom whenever they could. Lots of high school students 1 express that they are bored in school, especially at the high school ..read more
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Setting Behavior Goals for Students
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by Taylor Barberis
11M ago
Educators across the nation are seeing an uptick in disruptions in their classrooms. You can use SEL to promote behavior goals for students because it pairs key domains of social and emotional competence with intervention strategies and tactics. When educators integrate tactics they know align with their students’ skillset, they are more successful in mitigating disruptive behaviors.  The Behavior of a Student As educators, you know there are many reasons why students may be acting out. It could be due to a lack of confidence that is a way to mask insecurity. It could be that they don’t h ..read more
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