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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.