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Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

#SEL #PeaceEd

"Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions."

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)


Resources for Peace Education

& Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

"Our Mission: We create peace through youth leadership, community service, global friendships, and thoughtful acts of kindness.

Our Vision: Our vision is a safe and peaceful world where all people respect and care for each other and our planet. Kids for Peace serves as a model and inspiration for creating this reality with children leading the way, not only for today, but for generations to come. Our Motto: Kindness Matters." 


Kids for Peace Pledge

I pledge to use my words to speak in a kind way.
I pledge to help others as I go throughout my day.
I pledge to care for our earth with my healing heart and hands.
I pledge to respect people in each and every land.
I pledge to join together as we unite the big and small.
I pledge to do my part to create PEACE for one and all.

"Suzanne Tucker is a physical therapist, parent educator and mom of four. When graduates from her positive parenting classes were asking for help connecting with their children, particularly when they were feeling stressed, she saw an opportunity to make connecting a daily, playful habit. And so, Generation Mindful was born.

Generation Mindful creates tools and toys that nurture emotional intelligence by connecting the generations playfully. Our goal is a world where all people feel powerful, safe, and connected."

- Time-In Toolkit
"The Time-In ToolKit will give you everything you need to create a calming space for children ages 3-9+ for use in homes, classrooms, daycare centers, therapy settings and more."

- PeaceMakers Cards
"PeaceMakers help children and adults connect and share their thoughts, ideas, and feelings in daily, playful ways. Every card in the deck has an affirming message designed to nurture social and emotional skills, self-love, a growth mindset, confidence, and more in as little as five minutes a day. "

- Mindful Makers School Program

"Mindful Makers is a professional development program for preschools and elementary schools wanting to create a more safe and nurturing learning environment for students, even in the face of challenging behavior. By supporting schools in replacing punishment-based discipline strategies with effective and affirming evidence-based tools, this three part program strengthens the social and emotional skills of the entire school "family"."

"Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement™ is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a mission to ensure that every child has access to Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in their classrooms and to help facilitate this teaching within their families, schools and communities."

Program at Glance
"The Choose Love Enrichment Program™ is a no cost, downloadable, pre-K through 12th grade, evidence-based social and emotional (SEL) classroom program teaching children how to choose love in any circumstance. The program focuses on four important character values – Courage, Gratitude, Forgiveness and Compassion in Action – which cultivates optimism, resilience and personal responsibility. Included elements are positive psychology, mindfulness, neuroscience, character values and more."

- SEL Resources and Research
"Long-term studies have shown that social and emotional learning (SEL) is more important than academic learning to a student’s success, academically and in life. All students deserve to receive SEL in their classrooms based on the evidence compiled from decades of research showing the tremendous life-long benefits of SEL mentally, physically and emotionally for students. In fact, SEL is the most powerful and proactive mental health initiative we have. All evidence points to SEL being a necessary component of our children’s education and a powerful solution to the issues we face in our society today."

- SEL Awareness Month
"February is Choose Love Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Awareness Month. This Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement initiative celebrates and promotes all the benefits of SEL with a call to action for educators, students, families and communities across the country."

"The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is a trusted source for knowledge about high-quality, evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL). CASEL supports educators and policy leaders and enhances the experiences and outcomes for all PreK-12 students."

- What is SEL?
- Research
- Resources

"Our Foundation is dedicated to transforming K-12 education so that all students can acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives. [...] 

Our vision is of a new world of learning based on the compelling truth that improving education is the key to the survival of the human race. It's a world of creativity, inspiration, and ambition informed by evidence and experience.  It's a world where students become lifelong learners and develop 21st-century skills. It's a world where innovation is the rule, not the exception. It's a world where schools provide rigorous project-based learning, social and emotional learning, and access to new technology. It's a world where students and parents, teachers and administrators, policy makers and the people they serve are all empowered with a shared vision to change education for the better."

"Conscious Discipline integrates social-emotional learning, discipline and self-regulation so you spend less time policing behaviors and more time teaching vital life skills.

Conscious Discipline is a longtime leader in integrating classroom management and social-emotional learning. It utilizes everyday events rather than an external curriculum, and addresses the adult's emotional intelligence as well as the child's. Learn to respond to daily conflict in a way that transforms it into an opportunity to teach critical life skills, and watch every aspect of your classroom life improve!


Conscious Discipline is evidence-based, and was named as a national model for character education by the Florida State Legislature."

* A Gift of Acceptance: AWESOME free printable *

* Seven Powers for Conscious Adults: The Foundation of Safety *

"Mindful Schools was founded in 2007 as a program of a single school in Oakland CA. Today, it is a not-for-profit training organization with online and in-person courses, content, and a network of mindful educators spanning all 50 U.S. states and 100+ countries."

Mindfulness in Education


"The mission of this organization is to provide comprehensive social emotional education and conflict resolution services that engage school communities in the practice of promoting social competence and peaceful, positive, conflict resolution."

"Mindfulness can be practiced in the midst of your usual schedule.  You may find that you actually have more time and energy to get things done, because it helps you let go of anxiety and focus on what's truly important."

"There are so many things in life that children have no control over — bedtime, what they are allowed to eat and how much TV they get to watch. However, when you teach children how their brain works — it is a revelation to them. We obviously don’t teach an advanced form of neuroscience, but we do teach children the key parts of the brain and the science behind how the brain influences their thinking, emotions and behavior in the setting of a mindful classroom. Once children and young people begin to make the associations between what they are thinking, how they are feeling and how they are acting, they gain the power to make more mindful choices. To stop and pause, before they react. This self-regulation can lead to better focus in school, better cooperation with others and improved self-awareness and self-control."

"Our mission is to educate life-long peaceful problem solvers. We value safe environments where all are included and treated with dignity and respect."

  • Smart Teachers
    "Getting Smart has an amazing group of teachers across the nation who share thought leadership, classroom practices, new resource reviews and a variety of other topics on the blog. If you are an educator interested in blogging at least once a month for us on all things innovations in education, please email and let us know."

  • Smart Schools
    "We believe one of the most effective strategies for marrying SEL and core subjects is to embed SEL into formal curricula. Here are ten examples of schools already implementing this strategy." (Article: Embedding SEL Accross the Curriculum)

... and so much more to discover on this website!

"Kimochi (KEY.MO.CHEE) means “feeling” in Japanese.

Sometimes kids (and adults) have strong feelings that can fuel challenging behaviors. Sometimes it’s hard to know how to communicate when you are in an emotional moment. Kimochis are a playful way to help children (and adults!) learn how to identify and express feelings. When kids can communicate their feelings effectively, they develop positive social skills that lead to lasting friendships and success in all aspects of life. Kimochis teach the fourth “R”—reading, writing, arithmetic, and RELATIONSHIPS. This “R” is the foundation for success in ALL areas of life."

"Kimochis products are safety tested for ages 3 and up and meet or exceed toy safety testing standards in the United States, Australia, and the European Union."

"Our vision: A world where all young people have the opportunity to make a positive mark on the world. 

Our mission: To provide programs and resources that support the development of caring, compassionate and capable kids and teens through service, empowering them to become changemakers in their communities and the world. "

"Grounded in academics and linked to real life, Learning to Give lessons and resources apply from kindergarten up through high school honors classes. Our mission is to provide quality, inspirational, and field tested tools to help K-12 teachers educate, equip, and empower their students to be giving and caring citizens.

Imagine a world where all youth are knowledgeable and equipped for lifelong engagement in philanthropy as givers of time, talent, and treasure for the common good."

"PeaceJam is an international education program built around leading Nobel Peace Laureates who work personally with youth to pass on the spirit, skills and wisdom they embody. The mission of PeaceJam is to inspire a new generation of peacemakers who will transform themselves, their local communities and the world."

"Bringing into our schools conflict resolution curricula with tools such as social & emotional learning, communication techniques, restorative processes, mindfulness, and other proven peacebuilding skills to increase graduation rates and transform violence, bullying, truancy, and other challenges facing youth…"

"The lessons, simulations, activities, and other resources in this section are useful as supplements to the Peacebuilding Toolkit for Educators, but can also be used independently to support learning about international conflict management and peacebuilding."


"This Peacebuilding Toolkit for Educators is designed to support the work of educators as peacebuilders. We believe that young people have tremendous capacity, as individuals and as a community, to learn about and contribute to international conflict management, and that educators can channel students’ energy and enthusiasm in positive ways. We also wish to provide you with guidance and materials about the complex nature of peacebuilding. We have created this toolkit and dedicated a section on our Global Peacebuilding Center website to providing materials and lessons for middle school and high school students, interactive exercises, and a discussion forum where you can gain input on the difficult questions that arise in your classroom."


The Peacebuilding Toolkit for Educators (also available in Spanish, French, and Arabic)

Lessons & Activities

Elementary School Resources

More Resources for Schools

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If we are to achieve lasting peace, we must begin with the children."

- Gandhi

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