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SEL and Racial Equity

SEL teaches children the lessons they need to understand and practice racial equity. Social emotional learning starts with bringing an end to racism and injustice. But how do we have these tough conversations with young people? 

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#LearningNeverStops

How has Empowering Education ensured that #LearningNeverStops? Check out our SEL response to the new learning environment we are all navigating.

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Benefits of Mindfulness for Children

What is mindfulness? And how can practicing mindfulness benefit areas of a child’s life such as in the classroom or socializing with friends? Check out the benefits of practicing mindfulness in the classroom for more details.

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Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Articles

SEL at Parent-Teacher Conferences

SEL at Parent-Teacher Conferences

While kids may worry about what is said at parent-teacher conferences, those conversations can be just as stressful for teachers. Parents may feel defensive or upset when they hear that their child is not excelling academically — but it can be even more difficult when teachers have to relay that there are problems of a social-emotional nature. This month we offer teachers SEL resources for parent-teacher conferences.

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Classroom Activity for Emotional Management

Classroom Activity for Emotional Management

Research has shown that those who are able to analyze, reflect, and pay attention to their internal body states, such as their heart rate, have a stronger sense of emotional awareness thus are better able to regulate their emotions and respond appropriately to situations that arise. This month, we offer a ready-to-go lesson plan helping students build skills to understand what is going on in their bodies while building social and emotional skills along the way.

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Mindfulness in the Classroom Articles

Trauma Informed Teaching Articles

5 Ways to Support Children (& Ourselves) in the Wake of Tragedy

5 Ways to Support Children (& Ourselves) in the Wake of Tragedy

When students feel unsafe they don’t learn. So, how can we support students in the face of such global tension? Is there anything that we can do as educators and parents to create a sense of safety?

Absolutely. The same principles for effective treatment and prevention of trauma hold true here. Here are five practices to support your students (and yourself) following a tragic event.

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Trauma Informed Teaching Part 4 of 4: The Mindfulness Solution

Trauma Informed Teaching Part 4 of 4: The Mindfulness Solution

The simple practice of turning your attention to the present moment – your breath, the sounds you hear, the sensations you feel – can actually physically change the structure of your brain and counteract the effects of stress and trauma in less than 8 weeks. Studies are now revealing that mindfulness-based therapy is more effective than anti-depressants and cognitive behavioral therapy combined in treating PTSD. Even better, the results are permanent as long as participants continue to practice mindfulness in their daily lives

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Trauma Informed Teaching Part 1 of 4: Defining Trauma

Trauma Informed Teaching Part 1 of 4: Defining Trauma

Despite the prevalence of trauma, it is a term (along with mindfulness) that is frequently misused or misunderstood in both therapeutic and educational sectors. A deeper exploration of these terms reveals why trauma is one of the most costly and deadly public health concern our society is facing; and how mindfulness is one of the most viable solutions we have.

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