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SEL and the Brain

March 2022

SEL and the Brain

Many of the most meaningful academic opportunities are the ones that bring academic, social, and emotional learning together. Great cognitive growth can occur through academic plus social and emotional learning, or  A+SEL. In this issue, we consider how brain-based approaches to learning can create spaces where children and adults can grow, learn, and interact in healthy and productive ways.

Articles in this Issue

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March 2022

The Road to Academic Learning Is Paved With Social and Emotional Learning

By Margie Dorshorst Some may question why the teaching of social and emotional learning skills is essential for academic learning. Schools are, of course, educational institutions for academic learning. Under…

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March 2022

Make a Move: How the Brain Responds to Movement-Centered Social and Emotional Learning

By Kalli Siringas Imagine the brain as a building set on a strong foundation. As we develop, our brain structure is sustained through levels of care, support, environmental factors, and…

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March 2022

The Process and Impact of Social and Emotional Learning: An Information Processing Framework

By Norris M. Haynes Introduction Students who experience overall academic and nonacademic school success tend to demonstrate high levels of what Goleman (1995) calls “emotional intelligence,” or EQ. We may…

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March 2022

Recognizing and Managing Brain-Based Responses to Emotions

By Jazmine Franklin Our emotions are closely tied to the social and emotional competencies of cooperation, assertiveness, responsibility, empathy, and self-control. For example, when you assert yourself, you are expressing…

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March 2022

Leading the Way

We know from research that SEL has positive impacts on student learning and behavior because of the interaction between cognitive and emotional brain centers. How do you see this play…

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