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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

5 Mindfulness Techniques to Teach Families of Young Children

Research shows that mindful parenting can significantly improve the quality of caregiver-child interactions and lead to better outcomes for young children and families. Try encouraging mindfulness for families your program by showing them the techniques outlined in this tip sheet, adapted from Early Social-Emotional Development. 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

6 Ways Families Can Encourage Desired Behavior

Empowering parents and families to support positive behavior outside the classroom helps lay the groundwork for social-emotional health in children. Adapted from the upcoming book Helping Your Family Thrive, here are six proactive tips to share with families and caregivers so they can nurture desired behavior at home. Read More

8 Strategies for Addressing Difficult Topics with Families

Adapted from the new practical guidebook Unpacking the Pyramid Model, these eight strategies will help you navigate potentially difficult conversations with families and build trust in the parent–teacher relationship as you work together to nurture social-emotional development. Read More