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Social emotional learning (SEL)

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An introduction to social emotional learning

What is social emotional learning, why it is important and how to integrate it into teaching and learning in schools.

The brain, emotions and learning

An introduction to role of the emotions in the cognitive process of learning.

An introduction to growth mindset

A summary of the research into growth mindset and why it is important for learning

Why teach skills for learning?

Key non-cognitive skills and why they are important to learning.


Social emotional learning infographic

What you need to know to embed SEL in your school culture

Learning Skills infographic

Some key non-cognitive skills and strategies for supporting them in the classroom.


Understanding your students’ socio-emotional learning

Tuesday April 47.30PM (NZST) Watch Dr Heidi Leeson (Monocle Education) discuss social-emotional learning (SEL) and share her latest research on the most impactful areas of...

Enabling student wellbeing and social-emotional learning

The wellbeing of our rangatahi is a notable priority of the New Zealand Government. Yet, New Zealand ranks 35th of 41 for child and adolescent wellbeing in developed countries

Social-emotional learning – what schools need to know

Claire Chuter, from John Hopkins University in the USA explores the different mindsets, skills and competencies SEL incorporates, why it is important, and how it can be integrated into teaching and learning.

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Developing a more nuanced understanding of social emotional learning and its role in schools

Key things for teachers and schools to think about when exploring social emotional learning



A brief introduction to social emotional learning

A brief introduction to what social emotional learning is and why it's important

Beliefs, behaviours and actions associated with a growth mindset

An introduction to the research on the importance of mindsets, and associated beliefs, behaviours and actions
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