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Are You Ready? Leading for SEL Part 2

Current survey data from CASEL and the Aspen Institute suggests that implementation of SEL varies significantly, with only 35% of principals surveyed having a systemic plan for teaching SEL, and only 23% perceive they are getting enough support to implement their plans fully. The Leading Learners Institute offered a set of competencies for leading SEL derived from modern leadership frameworks that leaders need to lead the vital work of developing social-emotional learning in their schools. In this blog, we will explore the first two competencies, what it means for school leaders, and the questions you should be asking.

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The Third Leg of the Stool

Are we on the cusp of a new era for school reform? Years of research and numerous experts in the area of child development point to the overwhelming evidence that social-emotional skills and their development strongly support academic learning and other long-term benefits. It is time we balance the stool.

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Implementation Intentions: How to Plan Ahead for Distractions

In our work, environments matter a lot and can easily pull us away from our intent. By using the simple strategy of Implementation Intentions, you can plan responses to your most pressing distractions. The simple planning of If-Then statements helps to generate an expected response and works for any goal.

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The Inner Demons of Distraction

When we think about distractions to our attention and focus, as school leaders, we often think about external distractions. Things like phone calls, emails, people dropping in, or unplanned events are the first ones mentioned when I talk to principals. However, what about our internal distractions- those inner thoughts and feelings that interfere with our focus? See how you can tame those inner demons.

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