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February 14, 2021
How Do We Love Learning? Let Us Count the Ways

To celebrate Valentine’s Day and the month of love, here's why we love learning and helping students learn.

January 8, 2021
2021 Education Trends

What education trends can we expect in 2021? Here are the top 5.

September 1, 2020
Children’s Brain Development in the Time of COVID-19

The risk of contracting the deadly coronavirus is not the only danger facing children today. Educators should do more to protect their students from the impact of another threatening malady: stress. How does stress impact brain development, and what should educators do?

July 13, 2020
Five SEL Skills That Struggling Secondary Students Need (And How Elements I Builds Them)

Here are five social-emotional learning skills that are particularly important for adolescent learners, along with how Elements I develops these SEL skills and reading skills simultaneously.

June 24, 2020
Stopping and Slowing the COVID Slide: Part 2

In part one of this blog series, I reviewed four principles from the science of learning that can boost academic gains through both conventional and remote instruction. Here, I will discuss four more brain-based educational guidelines that educators can implement while simultaneously fostering social-emotional learning support.

May 20, 2020
The Social-Emotional Impact of School Closures on Teachers and Students

COVID-19, without question, has left a permanent impact on the lives of many educators and students around the world. Millions of teachers have altered their traditional classroom routines through remote instruction to finish out the 2019-2020 school year. The lack of peer interaction, the absence of proper guidance and expectations, and the additional stress caused by the global pandemic itself have led to emotional distress among many students and teachers. Their social-emotional needs will need to be met when they return to the classroom. What are the major ways in which school closures have impacted students’ and teachers’ social-emotional well-being and quality of learning?

March 19, 2020
Remote Unity: Building a Sense of Community during School Closures

As schools transition to remote learning, or at-home learning, educators might consider ways to foster a sense of school community, even when social distancing means that “school” is spread out across individual homes. Teachers and those familiar with social-emotional learning already know: strong relationships are a key component of successful learning. So how can teachers build a strong sense of community during this period when “distance” has become necessary?

January 15, 2020
2020 Education Trends

With the passing of another year—and decade—educators have exciting education trends to look forward to in 2020. Here are 5 trends in K-12 education research and policy to keep an eye on this year.

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