The Students Are Not the Problem: We Need to Prioritize Social-Emotional Well-Being in High Schools to Address Learning Loss
Committee for Children » Social-Emotional Learning
by Erin L. Raab, PhD
2w ago
Discussions about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on students frequently focus on “learning loss” or “unfinished learning.”1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Most agree on the problem: students are struggling in school. But not everyone agrees on a solution. A recent New York Times op-ed titled “We Can Only Fight Learning Loss with Accountability and Action” argues that “we need to bring some tough love back to American education” by ensuring that underperforming schools “face stern consequences” and students “should know that it’s time to hit the books again.”7 Young people I work with at the youth-led Br ..read more
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4 Strategies for Effective SEL Implementation
Committee for Children » Social-Emotional Learning
by Committee for Children
3w ago
Imagine a classroom where every child, equipped with life skills through social-emotional learning (SEL), grows more empathetic, confident, and resilient every day. The power of SEL is not just a matter of academic theory; it’s a catalyst for profound personal growth. As extensive research highlights, when school communities embrace SEL, it can lead to heightened student well-being and academic achievement, enhanced prosocial behaviors, reduced disciplinary issues, and, overall, a brighter future for our children. But integrating comprehensive social-emotional learning on a school or dist ..read more
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What’s the Big Deal About SEL in High School?
Committee for Children » Social-Emotional Learning
by Erin L. Raab, PhD
8M ago
5 Easy Strategies Educators Can Use Every Day to Help Students Thrive As seen June 1, 2023, on eSchool News Adolescence is a time of intense change. Hormones released during puberty not only cause visible physical changes but also trigger an intense period of brain plasticity, or the ability of the brain to grow and reorganize based on experience.1 Because of these brain changes, adolescents and their parents navigate challenges even during the best of times—and it has not been the best of times. The US is facing a mental health crisis worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.2 Recent research from t ..read more
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Meet the Team That’s Creating SEL for High School
Committee for Children » Social-Emotional Learning
by Committee for Children
1y ago
Have you heard? Committee for Children is building a new social-emotional learning (SEL) program for high school students. Like high schoolers, we’ve been thinking about our future and what we want to strive for as an organization. And, mirroring most adolescents we know, we wanted to take a risk and build new skills and knowledge. Instead of looking to established approaches, we’d like to create something innovative that can help high schoolers grow into confident, capable adults who can change the world in positive ways. What else do high schoolers and the Committee for Children high school ..read more
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How Can Mindfulness Benefit Students?
Committee for Children » Social-Emotional Learning
by Committee for Children
1y ago
This fall, the Second Step® Elementary digital program will be updated to include optional access to a library of mindfulness sessions. We sat down with Dr. Cailin Currie, a developmental psychologist and senior research scientist at Committee for Children, to talk about this new resource and its potential classroom benefits. Dr. Currie, thank you for offering your perspective to educators who want to learn more about these mindfulness sessions and how they can benefit students. Let’s start by finding out more about you. What is your background and experience with social-emotional learning (SE ..read more
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What’s New and Coming Soon with Second Step® Programs: An Update from Director of Programs Rachel Kamb
Committee for Children » Social-Emotional Learning
by Committee for Children
1y ago
At Committee for Children, educators are trusted partners in growing and improving our Second Step family of social-emotional learning (SEL) programs. We sat down with Director of Programs Rachel Kamb, whose role focuses on how our programs can help meet educators’ needs, to talk about this year’s updates and coming changes. What is this time of year like for you as director of programs?  This is an exciting time of year at Committee for Children because we’re preparing for our annual refresh of Second Step programs. Though we work on our programs all year, we do a big push for back to sc ..read more
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Product and Innovation: 2021 Year in Review
Committee for Children » Social-Emotional Learning
by Committee for Children
2y ago
By Mia Doces and Polly Stansell This year emphasized how important it is to be innovative when responding to the evolving needs of students and educators. As the COVID-19 pandemic persisted, we continued to provide our trusted family of social-emotional learning (SEL) programs while also debuting and adapting new programs and supports for students, schools, and communities. Our newest offerings are designed to empower kids, promote well-being, build stronger communities, and foster equitable and inclusive learning experiences for all. We made our Second Step® programs more accessible and cultu ..read more
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Family Engagement Resources for Building Stronger Communications at Your School
Committee for Children » Social-Emotional Learning
by Committee for Children
2y ago
Introduction Educators and families are long-standing partners in nurturing children’s social-emotional well-being. Communities have always shared common goals in supporting the development of healthy, happy children. Today, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we see the impact that authentic relationships can have on our collective well-being and resilience. It has never felt more essential for educators and families to develop and strengthen communication systems that foster shared understanding and appreciation of school initiatives. Family engagement is an integral part of Second Step® social-em ..read more
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Fortify Youth Mental Health with Social-Emotional Learning
Committee for Children » Social-Emotional Learning
by Committee for Children
2y ago
Educators and caregivers can have tremendous influence on the mental health of children and youth. We’ve handpicked some research-based resources that provide more mental health information as well as tips shown to boost positive outcomes.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year in the US, roughly one in five children experience a mental disorder (such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder [ADHD], anxiety, or depression).1 Decades of research findings show that strong social-emotional skills can have positive effects on many outcomes, including mental ..read more
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Back-to-School Basics for Second Step® Programs
Committee for Children » Social-Emotional Learning
by Committee for Children
2y ago
Originally published August 2, 2018. Updated July 26, 2021. It’s not just students who need help transitioning from summer fun to new school schedules and routines. It’s natural for adults to want to milk the last days of summer and put off thinking about the hustle and bustle of a new school year, but a little prep can ease the transition. We’ve summed up years of wisdom into three nuggets of advice that’ll help you get the new school year off to a great start. Plan with Purpose Action starts with inspiration. Before defining your specific goals and the steps to get there, be sure that you an ..read more
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