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The Big Ideas of Strong Kids

Social-emotional competence is one of the biggest indicators of academic and social success, and the evidence-based Strong Kids curricula has been consistently shown to increase student knowledge of social-emotional concepts and reduce challenging classroom behaviors. Check out this fact sheet to see nine crucial social-emotional concepts reinforced by Strong Kids. Read More

10 Questions to Consider About Your Classroom Environment

When you give directions to your class, do students generally comply? That critical question is joined by nine others every teacher should consider when assessing the effectiveness of their classroom environment, in this free download adapted from Learning Disabilities and Challenging Behaviors. Read More

Tips on Fostering a Caring Classroom Community

Adapted from The Social-Emotional Learning Toolbox, this free download features quick tips for helping all students feel welcomed and connected. For fuller descriptions of the tips, plus more creative ways to nurture a caring and respectful learning environment, check out this blog post. Read More

8 Positive Thinking Assignments for Students

Whether you’re trying to help a frustrated student get unstuck or looking for a change of pace between lessons, these short writing assignments—adapted from Jen Alexander’s Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools—will help foster positivity in your classroom. Read More

Supporting Stressed Students During COVID-19: Noticing and Meeting Children’s Needs As Schools Reopen

As schools reopen, what feelings and needs should educators prepare to notice and address in their students as a result of these stressors? And how can educators work together to respond to students in ways that help everyone feel safe and ready to learn? Get practical answers in this webinar from experienced educator and trauma expert Jen Alexander, author of the bestselling book Building Trauma-Sensitive Schoolsand the timely new ebook Supporting Students and Staff After COVID-19. Read More