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March 23, 2021

Social-Emotional Learning Resources for a Healthier, Happier School Community

Prioritizing social-emotional learning is key to building a joyful, resilient school environment. 

That’s because social-emotional skills help us identify and manage our emotions, express empathy, form meaningful relationships, and cope with stress. When we prioritize social-emotional well-being for both educators and students, we can foster a culture in which everyone is better equipped to reach their full potential. 

Try these resources from Healthier Generation and Harmony SEL to get started: 

Resources to Support Educator Well-Being 
  • 5-Week Guides for Creating a Caring School Community: Success at every level in the school environment is built on positive relationships. Whether your school is operating in-person or virtually, you can foster a caring, supportive community with the help of these ‘grab-and-go' guides.  
  • Teacher Self-Care: Learn tips for stress management, being mindful, and filling your self-care cup from the experts.  
  • Coping with Teacher Stress: Maybe you’ve tried relaxation, exercise, and nutrition, but have you ever engaged in positive self-talk? This is not your average graphic organizer, it’s your action plan to self-care. 
Resources to Support Student Well-Being 
  • Meet Up: This take on ‘circle time’ helps students take ownership of problem-solving when conflicts occur to find common ground with their peers. 
  • Buddy Up: This buddy system is designed for students to really get to know their classmates, thereby promoting diversity and leading to positive peer relationships and overall school success. 
  • Stop, Think and Cool Off Activity: In a conflict, we can often react with our bodies before stopping to think with our minds about how we’re feeling. Try this conflict resolution exercise with your students to practice emotional regulation.  
Find more social-emotional learning resources in the Healthier Generation Action Center and at harmonysel.org

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