Everyday SEL for the School Year
As summer winds down, students and teachers alike begin to anticipate the back-to-school season. 
This year, prevent creative slumps and promote student achievement by integrating social and emotional learning (SEL) into kids’ routines. SEL provides a solid foundation for setting children up to be lifelong learners: it helps with decision-making, building friendships, feeling empathy, and understanding emotions. It’s even been shown to boost grades and improve mental health.

In this month’s Upbeat News, we provide practical and engaging resources to help you integrate SEL into your day. You’ll find:
  • a mindfulness exercise that helps kids recognize and manage their emotions
  • a unique metaphor for introducing SEL to students
  • a lesson plan to encourage and demonstrate empathy 

We’re also excited to introduce and highlight The SEL Solution: Integrate Social and Emotional Learning into Your Classroom and Build a Caring Climate for All by Jonathan C. Erwin, M.A. Learn more below and download a free handout from the book.
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New Release Spotlight
Research shows that a socially and emotionally supportive setting is the solution to increasing student achievement, and The SEL Solution by Jonathan C. Erwin, M.A., provides dozens of strategies to make that happen. Whether you are a teacher, counselor, coach, principal, or other educator, this book provides you with a plan for engaging the whole school community in identifying, celebrating, and sustaining its positive values. Both fun and easy to use, these lessons and activities provide everything needed to create a positive school culture.

Tips & Tools from the Free Spirit Blog
Liz Bergren, Free Spirit’s education resource specialist, shares practical and effective ideas to help you incorporate SEL into your lessons, encouraging positive behaviors and boosting emotional intelligence. Read now.
Looking for more ways to bring SEL to younger learners? Molly Breen, M.A., ECE, provides examples that you can easily weave into your current practice—both inside and outside the classroom.  Read now.
Educational grants available for your school or community:

The Nora Roberts Foundation makes grants in the areas of literacy, children’s programs, arts, and humanitarian efforts. Intended to empower people through literacy, recent grants were used for purchasing books for children in need; providing informal learning programs focused on science, technology, and local history for individuals, families, and school groups; and funding theater and arts education, including after-school programs, summer camps, and professional training for teachers, students, schools, and families.

Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations 
Prize: Awards vary 
Application Deadline: March 1, June 1, October 1, and December 1, annually 

The Harry Chapin Foundation makes grants in the areas of education, arts, agriculture, and the environment. Priority is given to arts-in-education programs and community education. Previous grants were used to fund high school community outreach and projects targeting at-risk youth.

Eligibility: 501(c)(3) programs
Prize: Up to $10,000
Application Deadline: Ongoing
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Strengthen your lesson on the behavioral car metaphor with this free handout from The SEL Solution by Jonathan C. Erwin, M.A.

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