Social Emotional Learning & Classroom Connections


Making SEL the DNA of a School

School and district leaders share their stories of how their infusing SEL into everything they do (Greater Good Science Center, Berkeley, Vicki Zakrzewski) April 27, 2017

Greater Good Science Center Berkeley


Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning

Building and mobilizing one of the most important movements in decades. Social and Emotional Learning. Reports, Tools and Resources


Making Caring Common-Harvard's Graduate School of Education

Making Caring Common (MCC), a project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, helps educators, parents, and communities raise children who are caring, responsible to their communities, and committed to justice.

Making Caring Common

SEL as the Foundation for Academics

These middle schools were built on the idea that academic risk taking, fostered by social and emotional learning, can be a key to high achievement by Tom Berger (Edutopia, February 5, 2018)


No Place for Social Emotional Learning in Schools? Are You Sure?

Commentary by Peter DeWitt (Education Week, March 4, 2018)

Education Week

Parent Toolkit- Social & Emotional Development

Research shows that those with higher social-emotional skills have better attention skills and fewer learning problems, and are generally more successful in academic and workplace settings. Like any math or English skills, these skills can be taught and grow over time

Parent Toolkit

Children's Books for Parents & Educators


  • I Am Human: A Book of Empathy by Susan Verde (2018). “A child recognizes his own humanity, his capacity for doing harm and being harmed, his ability to feel joy and sadness, and his belief in hope and promise to keep learning.” The Author’s note guides readers through a loving-kindness meditation.
  • All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold (2018) celebrates kindness, inclusivity, and diversity with beautiful illustrations.
  • Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller (2018) “explores what kindness is, and how any act, big or small, can make a difference- or at least helps a friend.”
  • Hey Warrior by Karen Young (2017) helps the reader “understand why anxiety feels the way it does and where the physical symptoms come from” so as to feel empowered. It shows that “people can change because brains can change.”
  • Say Something! by Peter H. Reynolds (2019) encourages readers to use their voices and shows different ways that we can “Say something” with words, art, music, courage, or presence.
  • Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty (2013) shows that failure is not something to fear, but celebrate and honors passion and persistence.
  • Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty (2007) celebrates individual talents and self-expression.
  • My Magic Breath: Finding Calm Through Mindful Breathing by Nick Ortner and Alison Taylor (2018) is a good bedtime book showing how processing the day and using your breath can help your mood.
  • Listening with My Heart: A Story of Kindness and Self-Compassion by Gabi Garcia (2017) also includes a helpful note to parents and educators 
  • Listening to My Body by Gabi Garcia (2017) helps all understand the connection between sensations and feelings, teaching readers to practice identifying and naming what they are experiencing, so they can get better at figuring out what they need. Includes a helpful note to parents and teachers and “Let’s Practice” activities at the bottom of some pages, so readers can practice what they are learning.
  • I Can Do Hard Things: Mindful Affirmations for Kids by Gabi Garcia (2018). “Hard things can be about the things we think, feel, say or do. What’s hard for me may not be hard for you. You are you, and I am me. We walk through the world differently.”
  • My Mind is Strong: A Story About Developing Mental Strength by Niels Van Hove (2017) shows how Kate “uses her strong mind to tackle her daily challenges with a positive attitude.”
  • The Lemonade Hurricane: A Story About Mindfulness and Meditation by Licia Morelli (2015) illustrates how Emma teaches her younger brother Henry how to be still showing how meditation can make a big difference in both their lives. A helpful Author’s Note and fun illustrations show how you can practice too,
  • Words to Love By by Rick Warren (2018) helps readers “understand how their words have the power to change their lives and the lives of those around them.”
  • Carmela Full of Wishes by Matt De La Peña (2018) is a “timely ode to the bravery of dreamers and to the power of hope.”
  • The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson (2018) celebrates “the bravery it takes to go forth even when you feel like an outsider” and what can happen “when we reach out and begin to share our story.”
  • The Magic Is Inside You: Powerful & Positive Thinking For Confident Kids by Cathy Domoney (2018). Madeleine "learns how to take control of her thinking and turn her thoughts into a powerful, positive, can-do mindset leading to confidence and success." Includes activities to help kids develop a positive self-esteem.
  • Michael Rosen’s Sad Book by Michael Rosen (2004). Michael Rosen tells about all the emotions that accompany his sadness over the death of his son, and how he tries to cope.

Social Emotional Learning is Key


The Future of Education Depends on Social Emotional Learning: Here’s Why (EdSurge News, 2018)

Integrating SEL in the Classroom (Edutopia, 2018)

Closing the Achievement Gap With SEL (Edutopia, 2018)

SEL Skill Development During Recess and PE (Edutopia, September, 2018)


Social-Emotional Learning, Explained (ED Week, 2018, 3:27 mins.)

Social-Emotional Learning: What Is SEL and Why It Matters (Committee for Children, 2016, 2:54 mins.)

Aprendizaje socioemocional: ¿qué es y por qué es importante? (Committee for Children, 2017, 2:46 mins.)

5 Keys to Successful Social and Emotional Learning (edutopia, 2013, 6:00 mins.).  Overview using teachers’ and students’ words and classroom examples.