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Students use Skype to build relationships with people of different cultures. By Meghan Bogardus Cortez (@megbcortez).

Five resources to help you learn about social-emotional learning in the classroom. By Kate Westrich (@katewestrich).

Video: how to build empathy using technology. By Common Sense Education.

Educators employ

We were surprised to discover that there was no Facebook group just for parents of medical students. After all, parents of medical students could also benefit from being able to talk with one another, exchange ideas and stories, struggles and triumphs.



You can find the group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1927685407461022/ .

If you are

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The challenge of developing an academic curriculum that addresses social emotional learning. By Joel Stice.

Parents: how to help your child build emotional intelligence skills. By Katelin Walling (@KEWalling)

Deepening relationships with students' families can be a powerful behavioral and relational tool. By Rebecca Alber (@WordLib)

A brief

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Finland found a proven way to combat bullying. Here's what it'll take to make it work in the US. By Dakin Andone, (@dakinandone).

How should educators confront bigotry, racism and white supremacy? Resources for educators in the wake of Charlottesville. By Anya Kamenetz,

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Is social-emotional learning really going to work for students of color? By Dena Simmons, Ed.D. (@DenaSimmons), Director of Education at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.

Special report finds that teachers need more social and emotional intelligence training, in order to promote these

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Measuring social-emotional skills among students is not easy. Find out how one school assesses them. By Jen Curtis (jencurtis0345).

New book offers strategies for teachers to help students thrive. By Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo).

How teachers are weaving social-emotional learning into everyday academics. By Evie

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How teachers weave social-emotional learning into academics. By Evie Blad (@EvieBlad).

Taking these steps to encourage healthy use of technology can minimize negative developmental and emotional effects on children.  Written by Crystal Lantz.

Managing major classroom disruptions involves immediate stabilization, followed by intervention.

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Kids who suffer hunger in first years lag behind their peers in school, especially in social and emotional skills, a recent study finds. By Rhitu Chatterjee (@RhituC).

Teacher-prep slow to embrace social-emotional learning, despite many schools teaching these skills to students. Written

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Suspending Students Costs Billions in Economic Losses: An Edweek article connecting suspensions and lower graduation rates to higher taxpayer costs. By Francisco Vara-Orta (@fvaraorta).

5 Reasons to Invest in the Social and Emotional Development of Students include that social and emotional learning

What a nice holiday gift - our ASCD Express article, "A Relational Bank Account That Pays Dividends", was selected to be featured in the ASCD "Best of 2016". We are honored to be featured in this prestigious list, and thank ASCD for the opportunity to share our approach to teaching