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What is Social-Emotional Learning?

Social-emotional learning (SEL) helps children develop essential social and emotional skills needed to thrive in school and throughout life.

Social-emotional learning competencies that make a positive impact include:

  • self-awareness
  • self-regulation
  • social awareness
  • relationship skills
  • responsible decision-making.
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How do I get started with social-emotional learning?

Social and emotional skills can be explicitly taught or woven into any classroom or curriculum. These free teaching resources include downloadable lessons, activities, and strategies you can try in your classroom or school right away.

Are Our Teacher-Student Relationships Strong Enough?

Reflection is an essential practice to relationship-building in the classroom. Try this checklist to assess your relationship with your students.

Brain Building Activity

Teach students about the impact that stress has on their brains and bodies with this Brain Building Activity.

The Different Types of Mistakes

Did you know that not all mistakes are bad? Learn about the four types of mistakes and teach students about them with this free lesson.

Why is social-emotional learning important?

Educators: Teaching SEL skills really makes a difference! Research shows that social-emotional skills have positive benefits for students and school communities, including:

  • improved academic performance
  • better classroom behavior
  • lower levels of stress, anxiety, and depression.

What social-emotional learning resources are available?

A focus on social-emotional learning helps create a safe, positive, and vibrant classroom and school culture. These professional book resources for educators offer strategies and solutions for helping students manage their emotions, develop healthy relationships, make responsible decisions, and more.

Kids First from Day One

Strategies to help you teach social skills and match students' needs to high-impact teaching structures... all research-based and child-centered.

Strategic Classroom Design

Lessons and if/then questions to help you design classroom spaces and develop rituals that maximize learning for ALL of the students in your classroom.

A Mindset for Learning

Instructional language, charts and visuals, and tips that help you practice and teach empathy, flexibility, persistence, resilience, and optimism.

Where can I get professional development for social-emotional learning?

Professional development courses and coaching offer a high-impact way to learn about integrating social-emotion skills into your school community. Complete the form below to inquire about Heinemann's custom packages and other opportunities related to SEL professional development.

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