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How do social-emotional skills support academic ones, especially when there have been delays or discontinuities in instruction? In this issue, we examine how building positive communities through social and emotional learning benefits students’ academic growth and success not only in the short term but for years and years to come. We also explain the science behind learning loss and learn from experts about the best ways to support students in making the progress they need.

Articles in this Issue:

Teacher Talk @CRSLearn

Last month, we asked our social media followers to share their tips for building community at the beginning of the school year. Here are some of our favorite responses, along with resources to help you act on their advice.

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Shifting Gears: How SEL Can Help to Accelerate Learning

It’s likely you’ve heard the phrase “learning loss” more in the past few months than you ever have before. While the phrase itself has been around for some time, it reached a five-year height in popularity as an online search in April 2021, according to Google Trends. Often connected with summer vacation and phrases like…

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A Foundation of SEL Supports and Strengthens Academic Learning

Social and emotional learning (SEL) has been shown to have a positive impact on students’ academic performance. By learning social and emotional skills, students develop positive attitudes that help them believe in themselves and in others. Because the competencies that fall under the umbrella of social and emotional learning are interrelated, it is often seen…

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Making Connections With Parents to Ensure Student Success

An excerpt from Strengthening the Parent-Teacher Partnership Jane Cofie, director of curriculum and instruction for Responsive Classroom, shares here excerpts from her upcoming book, Strengthening the Parent-Teacher Partnership. This new resource offers insights into how effective relationships between home and school benefit student success and guides teachers in building meaningful connections with families. This book…

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Leading the Way

As we embark on the 2021-2022 school year, the Journal of Social and Emotional Learning will follow five school leaders as they lead their school communities through a year of rebuilding after the disruption of the past year and a half. Each month, we will learn more about their school communities and their approach to…

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From Our SEL Field Notebook: Connecting Research With Educators A Conversation With Dr. Laura E. Hernández

Learn how research, policy, and practice intersect from Dr. Laura Hernández, Senior Researcher at the Learning Policy Institute in Palo Alto, California. Dr. Hernández’s research and writing about deeper learning, design principles for schools, and restorative approaches in schools are fundamental for teachers and school leaders anticipating the 2021–2022 school year. Dr. Laura E. Hernández…

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