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Games and other playful activities were a key part of the Greater Good Science Center's Summer Institute for Educators, which develops key social-emotional learning skills.

Articles: How Social-Emotional Learning Transforms Classrooms

By Vicki Zakrzewski | September 16, 2014

SEL doesn't just change the teaching—it changes the teachers and the students. Here are their stories.

 

Articles: Eight Keys to End Bullying

By Signe Whitson | August 26, 2014

Can we stop bullying? Signe Whitson says yes—by consistently reaching out to both children who bully and those who are bullied.

 
Chris Murchison and Monica Worline present at the 2014 GGSC SIE

Articles: Exploring the Science of Social-Emotional Learning

By Vicki Zakrzewski | August 18, 2014

Our Summer Institute for Educators brought together almost 100 people from all over the world—to study, play, and connect with others who are striving to make a difference in students’ lives.

 
DeCapo Press, 2014, 268 pages

Articles: Taking on the Myth of the Spoiled Child

By Jill Suttie | August 14, 2014

A new book questions claims that today's kids are more spoiled and narcissistic than previous generations.

 

Articles: How the Teen Brain Transforms Relationships

By Daniel Siegel | August 12, 2014

Dr. Daniel Siegel explains how changes to the adolescent brain transform relationships with peers and parents—and what adults can learn from those changes.

 
Our Mindful Mondays series provides ongoing coverage of the exploding field of mindfulness research.

Articles: Eight Tips for Teaching Mindfulness in High School

By Patrick Cook-Deegan | August 11, 2014

A mindfulness teacher shares what he's learned about teaching moment-to-moment awareness to teenagers.

 
Rodrigo Guzman and his parents in Mexico

Articles: How to Foster Empathy for Immigrants

By Jeremy Adam Smith | August 6, 2014

Why did a group of fourth graders rally in support of an undocumented classmate while the citizens of Murrieta, California, tried to stop immigrant children from entering their town?

 
WW Norton, 2014, 318 pages

Articles: How to Cultivate Well-Being in Teachers and Students

By Jill Suttie | July 21, 2014

A new book argues that there is something simple we can do to close achievement gaps: teach mindfulness in schools.

 
Matthew Boger (left) and Tim Zaal.

Articles: Facing Fear, Facing Forgiveness

By Jill Suttie | July 9, 2014

Three decades ago, Tim Zaal nearly killed Matthew Boger for being gay. We talk with them and the director of Facing Fear, which tells their story of forgiveness and reconciliation.

 

Articles: Three Ways for Schools to Help Kids Cultivate Kindness

By Vicki Zakrzewski | July 1, 2014

Research shows that the spark of kindness resides in everyone, and even small school actions can fan that spark into a flame.

 
Former Oakland Unified School District Superintendent Tony Smith with student

Articles: A New Model of School Reform

By Vicki Zakrzewski | May 21, 2014

Oakland Unified is transforming its schools by embedding social-emotional learning into the district culture—one adult at a time.

 

Articles: Two Ways to Foster Grit

By Vicki Zakrzewski | May 5, 2014

To help students learn to overcome obstacles in pursuit of long-term goals, educators should focus on developing cognitive and emotional skills.

 

Articles: How to Help First-Generation College Students Succeed

By Neil Si-Jia Zhang | April 23, 2014

A new study examines the psychological challenges faced by students whose parents didn't go to college.

 
According to a recent report from the NFL, Miami Dolphins player Richie Incognito (left, number 68) bullied Jonathan Martin (right, 71).

Articles: Why Do We Blame Victims?

By Juliana Breines | April 8, 2014

Why do so many people take the side of bullies over their victims? The answers might surprise you.

 

Articles: What’s Wrong with Grit?

By Vicki Zakrzewski | March 20, 2014

Schools are exploring how to foster—and even grade—perseverance and passion. But before we take grit too far, we need to remember how little we know about it.

 

Articles: Seven Ways to Foster Gratitude in Kids

By Jeffrey Froh, Giacomo Bono | March 5, 2014

Many parents and educators worry that today's children are ungrateful. But new research suggests ways to turn the tide.

 
Krista Schroth laughs with other participants at the 2013 Summer Institute for Educators

Articles: The Science of Social-Emotional Learning in Action

By Emily Campbell | February 11, 2014

Summer Institute participants describe how they've used what they learned last summer

 
A child buys tickets at the Halloween-Día de los Muertos fundraiser for Junipero Serra Elementary in San Francisco.

Articles: Five Ways to Encourage Giving to Disadvantaged Public Schools

By Jeremy Adam Smith | February 6, 2014

Parent donations can widen inequities between public schools. What can we do to motivate affluent parents to charitably support all schools, not just their own?

 

Articles: Three Ways to Foster a Forgiving School

By Vicki Zakrzewski | February 5, 2014

Research suggests that forgiveness might be an unexpected but powerful way to enhance school culture

 

Articles: How to Integrate Social-Emotional Learning into Common Core

By Vicki Zakrzewski | January 22, 2014

Implementing the Common Core doesn’t mean educators have to abandon SEL—in fact, just the opposite might be true.

 

Articles: How Bullied Children Grow into Wounded Adults

By Bianca Lorenz | December 19, 2013

A new longitudinal study finds children are affected by bullying throughout their lives—and reveals that even perpetrators can struggle as adults.

 

Articles: How to Foster Generosity in Students

By Vicki Zakrzewski | December 18, 2013

Science-based suggestions for keeping your students’ holiday spirit going throughout the year.

 

Articles: Scratch a Happy Adult, Find a Socially Connected Childhood

By Lauren Klein | December 12, 2013

A new study finds that a happy life is much more about making friends than it is about making the grade.

 

Articles: How to Help Kids Overcome Fear of Failure

By Vicki Zakrzewski | December 5, 2013

According to the research on failure, students may need more than just grit to succeed.

 

Articles: Gratitude Activities for the Classroom

By Vicki Zakrzewski | November 19, 2013

Looking for some ways to bring gratitude into the classroom this Thanksgiving season? Here are some ideas to get you started.

 

Articles: Grateful Schools, Happy Schools

By Emily Campbell | November 18, 2013

New research on gratitude finds that it helps younger kids and at-risk students to be happier and more resilient.

 

Articles: How to Support Stressed-Out Teachers

By Joyce Dorado, Vicki Zakrzewski | October 30, 2013

Teachers who work with traumatized students may suffer from chronic stress and vicarious trauma—without even realizing it. Here are some things school leaders can do to help them.

 

Articles: How to Help a Traumatized Child in the Classroom

By Joyce Dorado, Vicki Zakrzewski | October 23, 2013

Exposure to chronic trauma is having tragic effects on some of our students. How can educators help?

 
Basic Books, 2013, 397 pages.

Articles: Who is Gifted?

By Jill Suttie | October 22, 2013

A new book argues that other factors, besides IQ, are important in academic success and in life.

 
A student participating in the Mindful Schools program.

Articles: Research Round-Up: Mindfulness in Schools

By Emily Campbell | October 10, 2013

Research is trying to keep pace with the explosion of interest in school-based mindfulness programs. Here's a round-up of four new studies at the frontier.

 

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    August 20, 2014

    A new study suggests that self-compassion improves mood, largely by helping us avoid negative rumination.

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    August 26, 2014

    Can we stop bullying? Signe Whitson says yes—by consistently reaching out to both children who bully and those who are bullied.

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    August 27, 2014

    Young people: Do you want to live longer? Try finding a sense of purpose in your life.

  

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