Partners and Links

Resources Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning ( Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations ( 30 SEL providers and advocates are members of the Social-Emotional Learning Alliance for Massachusetts: Beginnings School Since 1985, Beginnings School has been committed to helping young children develop the social and emotional competencies that are critical for learning and lifelong success. With its unique curriculum based on the emotional foundations of learning and cognition, Beginnings School provides opportunities for children as young as infants through kindergarten to learn the fundamentals of social and emotional intelligence. Coexist Learning Project Coexist is a documentary film about government-mandated reconciliation following the Rwanda genocide, told from the point of view of victims, perpetrators, bystanders, social commentators, and public officials. The film, four-lesson Teacher’s Guide, and teacher workshops serve as an entry-point to important conversations with educators and students on how to use the teaching of genocide to cultivate forgiveness, compassion, and upstanding in our own lives. Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) With headquarters in Waltham, MA, EDC designs, implements, and evaluates programs to improve education, health, and economic opportunity worldwide. Collaborating with both public and private partners, EDC strives for a world where all people are empowered to live healthy, productive lives. Education for Democracy Institute Peace and Democracy Discussions and Peace and Democracy eBooks and Digital Games Pilot Project  Peace & Democracy eBooks and Digital Games provide digital versions of multicultural literature, along with digital games, activities, and curriculum, that can help children and adults discuss how to prevent violence and improve our democratic society. Published by The Education for Democracy Institute. Builds on the Voices Reading, Voices Literature and Writing, and Voices Leveled Library programs. We are looking for pilot sites to test the new digital prototype. Engaging Schools Engaging Schools’ collaborates with educators to create school communities where each and every student develops the skills and mindsets needed to succeed and make positive contributions in school, work, and life. Our practical strategies are grounded in the values of equity, community, and democracy. We offer professional development and resources in the areas of schoolwide discipline and student support, instructional improvement, classroom management and engagement, and student advisory. With a small staff in Cambridge and a network of nationwide consultants, we have published more than 40 educational resources, collaborated with several thousand schools, reached hundreds of thousands of teachers, and touched the lives of millions of students. exSEL Excellence through Social-Emotional Learning is a statewide campaign launched by a coalition of the associations representing Massachusetts superintendents, School Committees, elementary and secondary principals, and educational collaboratives. The campaign is designed to promote social-emotional learning in every school and classroom across the Commonwealth, in order to graduate students who have the social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, career, and life. Facing History and Ourselves With headquarters in Brookline, MA, Facing History and Ourselves is a non-profit international educational and professional development organization. Research on Facing History’s work provides empirical support for our professional development approach, equipping teachers with the tools and strategies they need to help students become thoughtful, responsible citizens. The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) named Facing History and Ourselves as one of only nine middle and high school programs in the US (among nearly 400 nominated) to have a proven positive social-emotional effect on students. These findings support Facing History’s role as a leader in social emotional learning. Working with the Social-Emotional Learning Alliance for Massachusetts to provide a student-centric youth and school sport model through humanistic coaching that trains decision-makers and problem-solvers. Leaders and Learners Education consultants providing professional development, program development, and coaching for the whole child, whole adolescent, whole teacher, whole administrator, and whole school. Leaders & Learners helps schools with SEL, advisory, inclusion; leadership coaching, faculty communication and teams, instructional practices, and school culture. Lesson One Lesson One provides professional development that helps public, private and charter schools establish and design themselves for successful School Cultural Development. Louis D.Brown Institute The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute serves as a center of healing, teaching and learning for families and communities dealing with murder, trauma, grief and loss. Massachusetts Character Education Partnership Massachusetts CEP, In partnership with Boston University’s Center for Character Education and Social Responsibility, the Character Education Partnership accepts applications from public and private schools and districts throughout the state of Massachusetts for the State Schools of Character (SSOC) program. National School Climate Center NSCC’s goal is to promote positive and sustained school climate: a safe, supportive environment that nurtures social and emotional, ethical, and academic skills. Open Circle Open Circle is an evidence-based social and emotional learning program for Kindergarten through Grade 5 that helps schools develop safe, caring and highly-engaging learning communities that proactively develop children’s skills for recognizing and managing emotions, empathy, positive relationships and problem solving. Panorama Education Over 1,000 schools use Panorama for Social-Emotional Learning to grow and measure their students’ social and emotional skills and supports. Panorama makes its 22 research-based measures of social-emotional learning available as a free, open-source resource for educators. Download the SEL measures at Parents Forum Parents Forum is a non-profit, community-based organization that provides workshops focusing on emotional awareness. PEAR Institute: Partnerships in Education and Resilience PEAR’s mission is to create and foster school and afterschool settings in which all young people can be successful. Dedicated to “the whole child; the whole day; the whole year,” PEAR continuously integrates research, theory, and practice for lasting connections between youth development, school reform, and mental health. Playworks Playworks offer an essential opportunity for children to explore their imaginations, to connect with other kids and to stretch and grow physically, emotionally and socially. Project Adventure Since 1971 Project Adventure has been supporting development of growth oriented and sustainable communities through active learning. These programs are advanced by custom training, consulting on implementation, challenge course design/installation, and wildly innovative products and publications. The approach is grounded in experiential and adventure learning theory and practice. It is effective and widely embraced due to a radically inclusive, fun and empowering approach to group facilitation with use of engaging activities. SEL-supporting programs and services for schools include training and consulting on K-12 models for Physical Education, classrooms, school culture, behavioral settings, and athletics. Responsive Classroom Responsive Classroom is an evidence-based approach to elementary education that leads to greater teacher effectiveness, higher student achievement, and improved school climate. Ruler Developed at Yale’s Center for Emotional Intelligence, the Ruler Approach is an evidence-based, social and emotional learning program dedicated to enriching the lives of educators, students, and families.
Sanford Harmony provides teachers with extensive resources to help PreK–6 students build stronger, healthier relationships — at no cost. Developed by researchers at Arizona State University and underwritten by philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, the program includes fully-planned lessons and activities that encourage communication, collaboration and mutual respect. Preliminary research suggests a correlation between Harmony and improved empathy, school enjoyment, and achievement in math and reading as well as decreased stereotyping and bullying/aggression.
Second Step Committee for Children’s program is working globally to prevent bullying, violence, and child abuse. Six Seconds At Six Seconds, we believe emotions are valuable signals that help us survive and thrive. When we learn how to use them, emotions help us make more effective decisions, connect with others, find and follow purpose — and lead a more whole-hearted life. Teachers 21 Teachers 21 mission is to develop leadership and learning cultures where all educators embrace constant learning and the adaptations required for continuous improvement. The Wellbeing Alphabet™ The Wellbeing Alphabet™ is a new parent and child-developed program created in Britain. The aim is to develop emotional literacy through ‘wellbeing words’ and creative activities from   A to Z- incorporating film, art, storytelling, drama and music. Appropriate for children aged 4-7, or up to secondary education for learners with complex needs. Our organization, La Linguistica, are members of The Council of British International Schools. Following a recent visit, we would like to pilot the program in Massachusetts. Enquiries to: Trauma Sensitive Schools The Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative’s (TLPI) mission is to ensure that children traumatized by exposure to family violence and other adverse childhood experiences succeed in school. To accomplish this mission, TLPI engages in a host of advocacy strategies. Voices Literature & Writing Voices Literature & Writing is a supplemental, social-emotional-learning, and character-education resource delivered through a unique, integrated language arts approach. William James College William James College strives to be a preeminent school of psychology that integrates rigorous academic instruction with extensive field education and close attention to professional development. We assume an ongoing social responsibility to create programs to educate specialists of many disciplines to meet the evolving mental health needs of society. Yoga 4 Classrooms Yoga 4 Classrooms is a low-cost, simple, effective, and sustainable school program, grounded in mind-body practices and addressing the whole child by fostering students’ physical and psychological well-being.  Yoga 4 Classrooms is anchored in well-validated classroom pedagogies, developmental science, cross-sectional research in cognitive affective neuroscience, tenets of positive psychology and secular contemplative practices.

In addition, other programs from around the country are available:

The Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility Founded in 1982 in New York City, partnering with the NYC school system. PATHS Curriculum A Penn State Program of the Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development. Success for Kids Success for Kids, Inc. (SFK), an international non-profit organization, is dedicated to empowering at-risk children and adolescents to become resilient, productive citizens by delivering innovative research-based programs that enhance four personal strengths (interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, problem solving skills and self-sufficiency) and give students a greater sense of purpose in their lives.

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