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-by Tim Grivois-Shah, Ed.D., Director of Professional Learning and Community Engagement.

FTeaching students to be well-regulated, good human beings is as important as content mastery. Here are five resources that might help educators integrating social skills instruction into their practice.

All learning is social and emotional.

Milwaukee Public School’s Social and Academic Instructional Group Curriculum

Milwaukee Public Schools has develop a series of lesson plans and materials for learners in grades K-12 around social and academic skills. In grades K-8, these lessons are organized by:

  • Classroom survival skills
  • Emotional management skills
  • Attendance lessons

At the high school level, lessons are grouped as:

  • General behavior lessons addressing issues such as apologizing, building your professional identity, managing stress, and sleep hygiene.
  • Attendance lessons

Teachers can use these lessons in with whole classrooms or small groups. School might consider implementing lessons school wide as part of their Positive Behavior Intervention and Support plan.

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

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) website has a wide range of resources to support social and emotional learning. In particular, the “What is SEL?” portion of the CASEL website is helpful for educators new to SEL, and also helps experienced SEL educators with helpful language to explain the importance of teaching social and emotional skills alongside academic content.


Edutopia curates articles and videos to support professional learning for teachers, and their articles on social and emotional learning are full of simple ideas that typically cost very little to implement.

And, many of Edutopia’s articles on Social and Emotional Learning also describe approaches that integrate important academic content alongside social and emotional learning. 

Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (pbis.org)

Many schools implement some level of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports as their framework for teaching social skills school-wide and for developing behavior interventions when students need more support.

PBIS.org is a comprehensive resource with content geared towards schools, families, community, training opportunities, research, and program evaluation. 

National Education Association

The National Education Association has developed an online professional learning platform offering teachers access to a variety of ‘microcredentials’ ranging from Supporting LGBTQ Students to Restorative Practices.

These resources are self-paced, and available to teachers anywhere.

For students to become successful learners and good human beings, social and emotional learning must be a central component of their experience at school. What are some of your favorite resources for social and emotional learning?

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