95 Resources for Teaching Social and Emotional Learning to Children
March 25, 2021
Social and emotional learning skills can help individuals participate and thrive in communities. The ability to interact with others to get what you want and/or need requires the ability to process what is happening and understand how to respond. You have to tap into your social and emotional learning skills.
SEL training happens at every age. Educators and schools can cultivate competencies in children through SEL curriculum and SEL training for teachers, extracurricular activities and discipline. Parents and caregivers can do the same with family activities and participation in community events.
Teach.com rounded up resources for teaching SEL to children living with and without disabilities.
Make Social and Emotional Learning Stick!, Elizabeth A. Sautter: practical advice for parents struggling to find the energy to teach SEL to children with self-regulation or behavioral issues due to sensitivities, autism or ADHD.
Global Oneness Project: films and lessons for teachers and students that revolve around stories to foster inquiry, empathy, resilience and a relationship with the planet.
PenPal Schools: platform monitored by teachers allows students from around the world to connect and work on projects that build curiosity, relationships, empathy, self-awareness, collaboration skills and respect for others.
Happy, Successful Teens (PDF, 5.7 MB), Allstate Foundation: guide for parents and other caregivers to teach children how to master SEL skills and make smart choices so they can develop independence in healthy ways.
Brilliant: community with interactive lessons related to STEM that stimulate curiosity, accepting mistakes and solving problems.
Character Playbook: NFL and United Way program that teaches middle school students SEL skills such as consideration for others, redirecting bullying behaviors and communicating effectively.
Youth Voices: monitored platform, organized by teachers with the support of the National Writing Project, encourages youth to write about their passions, explain things that they understand well and share discussion posts with their peers.
Zinn Education Project: teaching materials and discussion about different peoples’ history to provide students a better understanding of cultural origins and perspectives.
“How to Foster Gratitude in Schools,” Greater Good Magazine: discussion about a gratitude curriculum that involves recognizing intention and appreciating the value of others to improve relationships in the classroom.
SEL Lessons for Online Learning (High School), Greater Good Science Center: suggestions and descriptions of activities such as contemplative reading, check-in circles and social volunteer work to help high schoolers hone their SEL skills.
SEL Toolkit, Afterschool Alliance: talking points, fact sheets, webinars and blog posts to help out-of-school providers and others encourage SEL skills in children.
Centervention: classroom management plans, decorations and posters to help teachers provide students with an atmosphere that encourages development of SEL skills.
Changing Perspectives: organization providing information and guidance to support initiatives around equity, inclusion and SEL for all students.
Character Lab: playbooks and tips for lessons that build character, helping students to thrive.
The Compassion Project: videos, strategies and digital lessons for teaching empathy in the classroom for grades 2-4.
Facing History: organization with tools and resources for teachers to use to show how historical events can teach students about racism and other forms of prejudice.
Greater Good Science Center: online magazine, courses and guides to help educators teach students to be agents of change by leveraging happiness and compassion to make the world a better place.
Move this World: campaign that provides a curriculum and support for teachers to bring SEL into the classroom through creative expression.
NaNoWriMo: writing platform that challenges students to express themselves by writing their stories, reflecting on them and sharing with others.
PBIS Rewards: platform for schools to use to improve school culture by creating a positive environment that fosters SEL skills.
Teaching Tolerance: Classroom tools and professional development activities for teachers from Southern Poverty Law Center’s program that emphasizes social justice and anti-bias.
Tween Tribune: platform with lesson plans, quizzes and weekly educational videos to encourage interest in history, nature and pop culture, allowing students to interact and exchange opinions and ideas.