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Articles: How to Help Teens Find Purpose

By Patrick Cook-Deegan | April 16, 2015

Teens are naturally driven to seek new experiences—and that may be the key to helping them develop a sense of purpose in life.

 

Articles: How SEL and Mindfulness Can Work Together

By Linda Lantieri, Vicki Zakrzewski | April 7, 2015

When taught together, social-emotional learning and mindfulness can have even greater impact on both individuals and the world around us.

 

Articles: Can Self-Compassion Improve Well-Being in Teens?

By Emily Campbell | April 2, 2015

Two new studies investigate self-compassion in adolescents.

 
This essay is based on Mindfulness for Teachers: Simple Skills for Peace and Productivity in the Classroom (WW Norton, 2015).

Articles: Seven Ways Mindfulness Can Help Teachers

By Patricia Jennings | March 30, 2015

Patricia A. Jennings explains why teachers should cultivate moment-to-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, and surroundings.

 

Articles: How to Build Trust in Schools

By Vicki Zakrzewski | February 19, 2015

Education reform efforts often undermine trust in schools, but research points to another way.

 
A Becoming a Man group therapy session

Articles: How to Forge a Mentoring Relationship

By Patrick Cook-Deegan | February 17, 2015

Intergenerational mentoring carries many benefits, but it's becoming more and more rare. Here are some tips for renewing an age-old practice.

 

Articles: Emotional Intelligence Needs a Moral Rudder

By Vicki Zakrzewski | January 22, 2015

Social-emotional learning programs need to be built on a moral foundation, suggests new research.

 

Articles: Five Ways to Foster Interracial Friendship in Schools

By Jill Suttie | November 12, 2014

New studies point the way toward a more connected and egalitarian society, starting with friendships between kids.

 

Articles: The Battle Between Success and Compassion

By Vicki Zakrzewski | October 17, 2014

If adults want to raise caring kids, research suggests they might need to start by examining the mixed messages they’re sending to kids.

 
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: Mindfulness in Education Research Highlights

By Emily Campbell | September 16, 2014

An annotated bibliography of studies of mindfulness in education.

 

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.

 

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