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SEL & RP

SEL & RP

Activities to support students' social and emotional learning and restorative practices

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SEL & RP
Social & Emotional Learning & Restorative Practices
Current Issues
Current Issues
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Jul 12, 2018

This lesson introduces students to the controversy over Justice Kennedy’s retirement and Trump’s role in reshaping the Supreme Court. The first reading reviews Kennedy’s career and

Jul 02, 2018

Protests across the country reflect widespread outrage over the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policies. In this lesson, students learn about the controversy

Jun 27, 2018

This video shows the power of an beautiful student facilitated restorative circle to build community through storytelling.  The circle is implemented with fidelity, according to

Jun 25, 2018

A restorative conversation can turn a student’s problematic behavior into a teachable moment.

Jun 15, 2018

In this video students talk about restorative circles in the academic classroom and the impact circles have had on them and their school community.

Jun 15, 2018

This video shows the power of restorative circles to build community and address harm. Circles are discussed and implemented with fidelity, according to the key restorative circle

Jun 11, 2018

This lesson uses current civil disobedience actions by the Poor People's Campaign as an invitation to explore why people engage in civil disobedience. Students consider the goals,

Jun 05, 2018

In communicating with students, focus on the behavior you want to see and encourage, not the off-task or disruptive behavior you want to stop.

Jun 04, 2018

This lesson uses the example of a bidding war by cities to become Amazon's second headquarters to explore the question of providing public subsidies to private companies. Students

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Sep 20, 2018

Atlanta Public Schools has made Social and Emotional Learning a district priority because these life skills are a foundation for the academic successes of our students. This video

Sep 17, 2018

Students learn about and discuss what impeachment is, how it works, and the possibility of impeachment for President Donald Trump stemming from the ongoing Department of Justice

Sep 15, 2018

In August and September 2018, prisoners in at least 30 prisons across 16 states engaged in strike actions. Through a quiz, reading, and discussion, students learn some facts about

Sep 15, 2018

In this video the teacher and her second graders use the class meeting process to collaboratively problem solve an issue in which one student was being bothered by other students.

Sep 05, 2018

How should educators acknowledge the anniversary of September 11th and educate students about the events of that day and their impact?  Updated 2018.

Aug 29, 2018

Students consider the term "Ubuntu," and the ways in which we are all connected, then discuss some of the news this summer (via tweets), and how these events affect us.