Educators, Students, and Families Receive Access to Dynamic Learning Resources for SEL Day
Educators, students, and families are invited to explore social-emotional learning with dynamic digital resources from Discovery Education and its diverse network of partners. In recognition of the second annual Social and Emotional Learning Day (March 26), the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum and professional learning presents communities no-cost content for wherever learning takes place.
Social-Emotional Learning is often described as the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Research reveals that SEL programs provide students the ability to manage stress and depression, improve self-esteem, and better school behavior. The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) key pillars of emotional intelligence are self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, social awareness, and relationship skills.
Discovery Education joins communities across the world to celebrate the importance of social-emotional learning by highlighting the new Social-Emotional Learning Center available in its award-winning K-12 learning platform. The Social-Emotional Learning Center presents a curated collection of hundreds of resources designed to support educators as they integrate SEL into core instruction and to help students develop social and emotional competencies. Content in the Center is aligned to SEL competencies and is organized into tabs that focus on educator professional development and school culture, ready-to-use instructional activities, and multimodal, student-facing digital content for all grade bands. The SEL Center is made possible in part through The Allstate Foundation’s generous support and commitment to providing innovative SEL resources for students, teachers, and school communities.
The SEL Center resources feature Discovery Education original content, content from trusted partners like CASEL, Inner Explorer, and Everyday Speech, as well as content created in partnership with LG Electronics USA, Wings for Kids, and RFK Human Rights. CASEL resources, including their SEL framework, support educators’ SEL implementation in the classroom. Inner Explorer provides students in grades PK-12 short, daily exercises teaching practical breathing and relaxation techniques proven to heighten awareness of senses, regulate thoughts and emotions, and develop compassion and connection. Resources from Everyday Speech include videos, activities, and worksheets encompassing multiple SEL strategies organized by each of the CASEL competencies. The SEL Center is a one-stop shop for teacher access to dynamic SEL supports and will be regularly refreshed with new resources from an expanding array of partners.
A number of the resources provided through corporate and community partners are also available to all educators and communities at no-cost, including:
The Dove Self-Esteem Project and Discovery Education have teamed up to deliver the best in SEL, health, and confidence-building resources for 4th and 5th grade students. The array of new content includes 10 classroom activities, 2 new digital lesson bundles, and 2 master class videos equipping educators with the content they need to empower 4th and 5th grade students to be confident. The digital resources focus on health, social-emotional learning, and body confidence and can be found at AmazingMeSelfEsteem.com.
Discover Your Happy
The Discover Your Happy program from LG and Discovery Education equips communities with the skills necessary to reduce stress and create sustainable happiness by providing curriculum and standards-aligned resources. This year, LG Electronics USA’s Life’s Good: Experience Happiness program, alongside non-profit partners CASEL, Inner Explorer, Be Strong and the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center Greater Good Science Center, is celebrating teachers for their heroic efforts to support students during these challenging times and in particular, their focus on SEL. Together, LG, its non-profit partners and superhero teachers across the United States already have reached more than 4 million students with a science-based curriculum developed to teach happiness “super” skills to help facilitate life-long mental wellness. Learn more at learnexperiencehappiness.com.
Soar with Wings: Social Emotional Skills for School & Life
Soar with Wings: Social Emotional Skills for School & Life, powered by Wings for Kids and The Allstate Foundation, incorporates academics and fun while building social and emotional skills for students in grades K-5.
- In Your Shoes Family Activity (grades K-5): The activity provides an opportunity for families to reflect on the life changes they’ve experienced due to COVID-19 and consider how all family members have been affected in both similar and different ways.
- Focusing on Me and You Classroom Activity (grades K-2): Build social awareness and relationship skills by investigating what it means to be mindful and how the act of being present can help them better understand their own feelings and the feelings of those around them.
Teaching with Testimony
Unlock the power of testimony to counter hate with Teaching with Testimony, a program from USC Shoah Foundation and Discovery Education that uses eyewitness accounts from survivors and witnesses of genocide to empower students to find their voices and act for a better future. Learn more at teachingwithtestimony.com and engage your community with:
- Stronger Than Hate Challenge (grades 7-12): Create a poem, story, video or piece of artwork that uses the power of story to counter hate for a chance to win up to $10,000 in prizes.
“At Discovery Education, we believe Social-Emotional learning is critical to teaching the whole child. With our unique SEL resources, educators are empowered to inspire and support students with positivity and life-long skills,” said Lori McFarling, President of Corporate & Community Partnerships at Discovery Education. “We are proud to showcase incredible resources from our thoughtful partners, demonstrating our collective commitment to emotional health and well-being of youth.”