Giving Teachers the Tools to Integrate Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning

A new report notes highlights the importance and difficulty of implementing the multiple dimensions of social, emotional, and academic learning to support students in the classroom, community, and future workplace.
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How to Use Blended Learning to Empower English Learners

We are a society that thrives on choice. We choose everything...all the time. Why not choose the way we learn and how much time we need to learn?
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The Top Administrator Concerns for 2018… And How SEL Can Help

Throughout the first couple of months of 2018, school and district administrators have been focused on strategies to help students achieve and ensuring a schoolwide culture of success.
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Sunlight Series Post 4: Recharging Only Makes Your Turbo Grow Stronger

Whatever you need in order find your sunlight is up to you. Whether it is singing in the car, playing a sport, or just playing plain old candy crush on your phone, do what makes you happy.
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What Middle School Administrators Need to Know About Growth Mindset

Middle school is a time of rapid growth and occasional uncertainty for students. Although middle schoolers face numerous challenges inside and outside the classroom, school administrators and teachers have an opportunity help...
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Sunlight Series Post 3: Searching for Rays - Where do you get your Sunlight?

It’s Friday, it’s 2:45 pm,there’s fifteen minutes left.  The bell rings at 3:00 pm and you are waiting.  Your students who you care about so much pack up and leave for the day.
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3 Ways to Kill Social Emotional Learning (And Turn it into Another Failed Fad)

It’s hard to go anywhere in education right now without hearing the term Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). Many districts highlight SEL as a core strategic initiative. Books like Mindset and Grit dominate the...
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Sunlight Series Post 2: Reframe Your Thoughts and Stop Hitting Your Victim Button!

One thing I learned to do before I even begin to take a break and seek sunlight, is “reframe” my thoughts. We have to remember that we are fabulous educators.  We are not victims and we need to understand that  when there is a...
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Finding Sunlight Even When It’s Cloudy Outside (Sunlight Series Post 1)

It’s Christmas Eve morning and I am sitting in my kitchen on my computer sipping some comforting hazelnut flavored coffee and staring at the beauty of the snow falling outside my window.
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Accessing ESSA Funding to Support SEL Initiatives at Your School

The education policy landscape has changed greatly over the past few years, and it can sometimes be difficult to know where to turn for funding.
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2017 Social Media in Review

This year we had so many great interactions on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and we can't wait to make 2018 a year of even greater impact!
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Soft skills matter! How are you helping all of the students at your school?

LinkedIn recently released a 2017 U.S. Emerging Jobs Report, which analyzed LinkedIn data to identify skills on the rise and highlight opportunities for professionals in a variety of emerging careers.
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Angela Duckworth speaks during her Ted Talk on Grit

Do Your English Learners Show Grit?

Your students are facing mental and emotional challenges on a daily basis. You want to help, but you're encountering budget cuts and other tough constraints at school. How can your students overcome challenges and succeed in school?
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Does your school culture need to be transformed? Download our free infographic!

Is it time to overhaul your school’s culture?
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5 Key Takeaways from the 2017 iNACOL Symposium

We heard from many voices during the 2017 iNACOL Symposium in Orlando, FL about a wide range of topics including competency education, personalized learning, and technology innovation in the classroom. Here are some of our key takeaways:
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