There is quite a bit out there in the way of published curriculum materials
on social and emotional learning, and a variety of trainers and consultants
available to work in schools and communities on building these skills. A
critical piece is to get adults to examine and change their attitudes and
behaviors. All too often, adults think it's the kids who must be "fixed,"
when what's needed is a wider cultural change.
It's also vital, I think, to start young. Over the past several years, my
colleagues and I at Teachers College have developed and evaluated a
social-emotional learning /conflict resolution program for preschoolers,
including materials and workshops for staff and parents. If anyone is
interested, I'd be happy to share information about our work privately or on
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