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Educational LeadershipThe Promise of Social-Emotional LearningOctober 2018, Vol. 76, No. 2
12 The Emotional Intelligence We Owe Students and EducatorsMarc A. BrackettWhen schools recognize that emotions drive much of how and what we learn, students and educators can flourish.
22 Nine Competencies for Teaching EmpathyMichele BorbaAn educational psychologist and parenting expert offers advice to school leaders.
30 Seeding SEL Across Schools: Strategies for LeadersMeria Joel Carstarphen and Ed GraffTwo superintendents on how—and why—they’ve prioritized social-emotional learning in their districts.
34 SEL: What the Research SaysJoseph L. Mahoney and Roger P. WeissbergThe evidence base for social-emotional learning is expanding.
36 A Whole Child UmbrellaDavid Griffith and Sean SladeSocial-emotional learning begins with a focus on the whole child.
40 Grit and the Greater Good: A Conversation with Angela DuckworthSarah McKibbenThe nation’s foremost expert on “grit” says the concept is often misinterpreted in schools.
46 Can SEL Reduce School Violence?Amanda B. NickersonA researcher points to hopeful findings.
52 Let’s Take Stand Against Sexual Harassment in SchoolsRichard WeissbourdWe can’t stop sexual harassment in adulthood without addressing its roots in secondary schools.
58 What’s Wrong with Well-Being?Andy Hargreaves and Dennis ShirleyExamining the downsides of social-emotional learning strategies can help strengthen them.
64 Bringing Mindfulness to Teacher PDPatricia A. JenningsHow to help teachers become more powerfully present in the classroom.
70 Learning Character from CharactersNancy BoylesUsing stories to foster social-emotional development.
ASCD VISUAL LEARNING SPECIAL76 Listening with Understanding and EmpathyUse this graphic-instruction story to foster classroom discussion on building empathy.
7 READER’S GUIDEThe Social-Emotional Learning MomentNaomi Thiers
78 RESEARCH MATTERSSEL: Getting the “Other Stuff” RightBryan GoodwinNonacademic factors can have a big effect on learning.
80 SHOW & TELL: A VIDEO COLUMNWhat Students Want to Talk AboutDouglas Fisher and Nancy FreySocially oriented anchor questions can help students gain life skills.
82 LEADING TOGETHERSEL for AdultsJill Harrison BergA strong social-emotional learning climate for faculty doesn’t just happen.
84 CONFRONTING INEQUITYBroadening the CurriculumH. Richard Milner IVEnrichment opportunities must be protected for vulnerable students.
86 ONE TO GROW ONDignity in the ClassroomCarol Ann TomlinsonTreating students with respect is always the first priority.
4 Readers React
85 Index to Advertisers
90 Tell Me AboutReaders reflect on random acts of kindness in school.
95 ASCD Community in Action
96 EL TAKEAWAYSInside Out with Social-Emotional Learning
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What’s SEL Got to Do with It?Daniela Leamer MantillaCollaborative inquiry can help teachers gain awareness of social-emotional learning opportunities in lessons.
Boosting SEL in K-12’s “Ivory Towers”Judi VanderhaarDistrict officials and policymakers need to raise their own social awareness.
Coordinate to Curb Student ViolenceBrian Van Brunt and Amy Murphy10 warning signs that Behavioral Intervention Teams should monitor.
Video: SEL in Secondary SchoolsLarry Dieringer, executive director of Engaging Schools, discusses meaningful ways to model and teach social-emotional competencies in middle and high school classrooms.
Classroom management remains a central challenge—and opportunity—for educators. The September 2018 Educational Leadership examines specific and big-picture approaches to improving classroom management, including how to address both positive and problem behaviors, design conducive classroom spaces, and create supportive climates for learning.
The November 2018 Educational Leadership offers an insider’s look at new trends and expectations professional development. Our expert authors examine how teachers are increasingly taking professional learning into their own hands, through collaborative inquiry, personalized learning, video study, and social media.
The arts—and creativity more generally—are making a comeback in education. The December 2018/January 2019 Educational Leadership examines the role of arts and creativity in fostering perception and problem solving, empowering students, and boosting learning.
How does a school become a leader in innovation—one that takes advantage of advancements in digital technology in meaningful and fully integrated ways? February 2019 Educational Leadership explores how school leaders can go beyond surface-level, patchwork upgrades and implement new technology in ways that deepen learning and better support students.
School leaders set the tone and direction for what happens in the classroom. The March 2019 Educational Leadership explores strategies and processes school leaders can use to better understand students' and teachers' needs and guide teaching and learning more effectively.
The teenage years are unique, and today’s teens face new challenges as well as opportunities. The May 2019 issue of Educational Leadership looks at what teens need most in terms of both academic and social supports, highlighting how schools can work smarter to keep middle and high school students healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.