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Skills for Social and Emotional Learning

We all know how important a positive state of mind and social skills are to move through life successfully, but do we know how these skills relate to a successful inclusive education experience? Research shows that healthy social and emotional skills are among the most consistent indicators of success for young people with learning disabilities, even more so than academic factors. This edition of the ISN Newsletter demonstrates the links between social and emotional learning (SEL) and effective inclusive education. SEL is defined as the process of socialization and education related to personal, interpersonal and problem-solving skills and competencies. We will explore the multifaceted role of SEL and its preventive potential in inclusive school settings, specifically in the area of learning environments.

CASEL- What is Social and Emotional Learning?
A resource that includes the Five Social and Emotional Core Competencies and FAQs.

Creative Development: Growing a Child's Unique Gifts
A focus on the emotional side of learning for all students.

Social and Emotional Learning: What is it? How Can We Use It To Help Our Children?
This article discusses ways for parents and educators to integrate social and emotional learning into a child's life.

The Surprising Ways BYOD, Flipped Classrooms, and 1-to-1 Are Being Used in the Special Ed Classroom
As schools shift to mobile device usage and new forms of technology-inspired instruction, such as flipping the classroom, special education is adopting mainstream approaches for its assistive technologies.

How SEL Classroom Management Techniques Build Academic Achievement
Respect, responsibility, and a community-based learning atmosphere promote success at Mount Desert Elementary School, a K-8 public school in Northeast Harbor, Maine.

Instructional Video: Social Support: How to Facilitate Positive Interactions
An instructional video by Kids Included Together (KIT) on how to help children communicate in a positive, constructive manner.

Tips for Promoting Social-Emotional Development
Tips on promoting children's healthy social-emotional development from birth to three.

Social and Emotional Learning: Resources for Parents
This guide to resources for learning more about character development is just one way parents can encourage emotionally intelligent behavior in their children.

Your Child’s Social & Emotional Skills
A collection of articles focusing on helping your child build social skills.

Summer Learning
This article discusses the importance of keeping children social and academically engaged over the summer break.

Involved Parents: The Hidden Resource In Their Children's Education
An article focusing on the importance of being involved in your child's education.


Inclusive Schools Network Social Inclusion Resource Page
A variety of resources focusing on fostering healthy social relationships among students. 

Special Olympics Project UNIFY® is an initiative that focuses on social inclusion, bringing youth with and without intellectual disabilities together through sports and related activities, providing them with the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to create and sustain school communities where all young people are accepted and valued for their strengths. is hosted by Special Olympics Project UNIFY and includes their foundational documents and a free online course on Social Inclusion.

CASEL’s mission is to help make social and emotional learning (SEL) an integral part of education from preschool through high school.

Edutopia includes a collection of profiles and research on K-12 schools, districts, and programs that are dramatically improving the way students learn using social and emotional learning.

Paula Kluth's Blog is dedicated to promoting inclusive schooling and exploring positive ways of supporting students with autism and other disabilities.


Educate the Heart
Video by the Dalai Lama Center

Educating the Heart and Mind
Sir Ken Robinson speaks during the Dalai Lama Center's Educating the Heart Series about the importance of an education that educates not just the mind, but also the heart.
The author of Emotional Intelligence speaks on the value of social and emotional learning.

Recording of Live Streaming Event- Fostering Friendships
Many times children with disabilities struggle with initiating and maintaining friendships. In this training, participants learn how to help all children develop friendship skills.

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