Supporting students in understanding themselves as people—both individually and as community members—can help students thrive emotionally and academically.
This focus area equips educators to help students understand their emotional responses, navigate interpersonal relationships, and develop the decision-making skills and resilience needed to succeed in the classroom and beyond.
A growing body of research shows that students in social-emotional learning programs develop both emotional well-being and improved school outcomes. We support skill development through personalized pathways built from BL Connect, Workshops, 1:1 Coaching, and Learning Walks to achieve clear outcomes.
Outcome: I integrate strategies that help students build healthy self-management and self-awareness habits.
Outcome: I build a classroom in which students make responsible decisions.
Outcome: I strengthen classroom community by supporting strong peer-to-peer and teacher-student relationships.
Outcome: I develop social emotional initiatives that integrate the academic and social needs of my school community.
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Teach students self-regulation strategies like mental breaks, body and movement breaks, fidgets, and self-talk to maximize their learning.
Help students navigate strong emotions and difficult situations to make better decisions with self-awareness moments.
Use this strategy to help students understand the basics of growth mindset so that they can change the language they use with their peers and with themselves.
We’ve identified four elements that are key for academic success and for building student-centered classrooms. BetterLesson guides teachers, instructional coaches, and leaders through focus areas within each element to lead their professional development journey.
Improve instruction and learning for teachers and students by building your skills as an instructional leader.
Build an equitable learning community where all students can be supported, celebrated, and successful.
Find unique ways for all students to learn, communicate, and solve meaningful problems.
Use learning tools and curriculum to create a student-centered classroom.
Turn strategies into outcomes. Our team is here to help.
Read a report detailing why SEL is as critical to development and school success as academic instruction.Read Report
Explore the economic value of social-emotional skills within a benefit-cost analysis framework.Explore Research
Read about real examples of teachers who are focusing on students’ psychological health.Read Blog
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