Social Emotional Learning

All Middle Schoolers are Superheroes in the Making: How to help kids build psychological resiliency in an increasingly complicated world

I say often, “Kids are kids, no matter where they learn.” I still believe that’s true, but today’s middle schoolers have endured so much and I have seen wide variance in their ability to thrive through the challenges of the past few years. It’s no wonder parents and educators continue to struggle to support them

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Ethics and SEL in the Post-COVID Classroom

Introduction While the world seems to have largely moved beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, its impact remains. The pandemic was a harrowing time for all of us, but it had perhaps the most profound effect on education. While this experience revealed the bravery and perseverance of both students and teachers, it nevertheless came with challenges—and we’re

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Reimagining School Discipline: It Takes All of Us

It’s hard to argue that school-based relationships haven’t been tested the past couple of years, including between educators and students. Maybe then it is time to rethink how we build these relationships in the first place, argued Nathan Maynard, co-author of Hacking School Discipline, and Dr. Belinda George, who gained international notoriety for her “Tucked

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Post-Pandemic Challenges: The Use of Mantras on Executive Functioning Skills

Even in the best of times, teaching middle school is full of ups and downs, challenges and successes; but when you throw a pandemic in the mix, it completely changes the experience for both teachers and students. As a middle school music teacher completing a graduate program at Erikson Institute, I wanted to learn more

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