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December 21, 2016
Beyond the three Rs: Schools sharpen focus on social and emotional learning in 2016
Colorado educators are increasingly focusing on social and emotional skills to help improve student achievement and outcomes.
Close your eyes
December 14, 2016
How Colorado schools are helping kids calm down — and learn — through mindfulness
A growing number of schools in Denver and the state are training students in mindfulness with the goal of helping students cope with stress and learn empathy.
December 8, 2016
Why I take time to teach perseverance (and let my fourth-graders write on their desks)
A Tennessee teacher explains how she encourages goal-setting — and how she's seen the strategy work with students of all ability levels.
September 28, 2016
Want to reduce suspensions and expulsions in pre-K? Find a coach.
Pre-schoolers might be tiny, but they get suspended and expelled in big numbers.A new study suggests that real change only happens with real teacher training.
September 12, 2016
What Tennessee’s decision to pull out of a social-emotional learning collaborative means
Tennessee will not get to collaborate with other states — and vice versa — as they draft guidelines around social-emotional learning.
September 7, 2016
Tennessee scraps social and emotional standards collaboration following pushback
Only a month after joining, Tennessee pulls out of a multi-state initiative meant to help teachers support students’ emotional well-being.
August 3, 2016
Tennessee to become national pioneer in creating social and emotional standards
The Tennessee Department of Education will spend the next year creating its first-ever set of standards focused on students' social well-being and mental health.
July 25, 2016
New Nashville teacher cooperative chips away at public, private partition
A new teacher cooperative hosted by the University School of Nashville brings together teachers from Nashville's public and private schools.
More than scores
July 20, 2016
Beyond test scores, Tennessee looks at how to evaluate districts and schools under ESSA
With the switch to ESSA looming, state leaders consider which metrics to include in the state's accountability plan.
watch me watch me
April 7, 2016
How a Denver elementary school is using pop music and viral videos to teach social skills
Or, how the Whip and the Nae Nae are helping these elementary school kids to be more respectful.
Don't be a stranger
March 16, 2016
Join a club, get to know a teacher: one school’s push for success starts with relationships
Extracurricular participation and strong student-teacher relationships aren't left to chance at Louisville Middle. School leaders say they're critical to student success.
February 16, 2015
Talk it out: Restorative justice techniques help school communities rethink approaches to discipline
Schools such as Nashville's Pearl-Cohn High School are getting positive results from programs addressing disciplinary issues through approaches based on resolution and reconciliation rather than just detention and suspension.
January 7, 2015
Program aims to build social-emotional learning for educators
While most social-emotional learning programs are for students, a pilot initiative at a Memphis high school targets teachers and school staff.
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