Category Archives: Social & Emotional Learning

How to Help Teens Find Their Passion and Do What They Love

By Rayne Lacko, coauthor of Dream Up Now™: The Teen Journal for Creative Self-Discovery In an uncertain world, being uncertain of yourself can create anxiety. Feeling anxious can mean different things to different teens. It can take the form of … Continue reading

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How to Bring Music Education to Your School District: An Excerpt from Dream Up Now Leadership Tools for Your Life and Your School

Dream Up Now™ is a guided journal that helps teens explore emotions, create art, and envision life’s possibilities. It also has an accompanying digital leadership guide, which includes information to help teens advocate for school music programs, find their passion, … Continue reading

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Leading a Group Discussion About Pandemic Stress

By Jean Sunde Peterson, Ph.D., author of How (and Why) to Get Students Talking: 78 Ready-to-Use Group Discussions About Anxiety, Self-Esteem, Relationships, and More (Grades 6–12) Children listened carefully when adults talked about the pandemic. They heard our opinions and … Continue reading

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13 Quick Conversation Starters for Meaningful Student Mental Health Check-Ins

Adapted from Tell Me More In a Jar® Building relationships with students can start with short, meaningful conversations. The benefit of student mental health check-ins? Author and school counselor Stephanie Filio says, “SEL check-ins tell our students a lot about … Continue reading

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Challenge 1: What’s Your Screen Scene? An Excerpt from Slaying Digital Dragons by Alex J. Packer, Ph.D.

The book Slaying Digital Dragons empowers young adults to take charge of their digital lives and improve their mental health and well-being. With a frank and humorous approach to a timely topic, award-winning author Alex J. Packer, Ph.D., pulls back … Continue reading

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