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Resources for Social-Emotional Learning

Why teach social-emotional learning (SEL)? Research shows that students who learn to manage emotions and control impulses improve their learning in all classes. They feel less anxious and can better focus and collaborate. Students in schools that teach social-emotional learning score an average of 11 percentile points higher on standardized tests than students in schools that do not teach SEL.

Thoughtful Learning is here to help. You’ll find a complete curriculum to teach social and emotional intelligence in grades K-8, as well as a number of free resources.

Guides for Teaching Social-Emotional Intelligence

If you want an effective, affordable program for teaching social-emotional intelligence, check out In Focus: Improving Social and Emotional Intelligence, One Day at a Time. The materials help students in grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 learn to manage their emotions, improve their focus, and gain self-control. See efficacy studies in Illinois and Colorado.

In Focus Series

Minilessons for Teaching Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)

Check out our free collection of SEL minilessons. Each teaches a concept and provides students an activity for applying it. These minilessons are optimized for display on your digital whiteboard, your smartphone, or any device in between.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Thoughtful Learning Newsletter and Blog

Sign up to receive the Thoughtful Learning Newsletter, which includes timely articles on social-emotional learning, English language arts, and 21st century skills. To catch up on some of our past newsletter articles, head over to the Thoughtful Learning Blog.