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Education is changing. Academic learning and SEL are becoming the new standard for what are considered the basics that children should acquire during their schooling. This chapter outlines ideas to help get social-emotional efforts started as well as to sustain those that have already begun.

This article discusses the importance of reading and the need to teach individuals how to become better readers.

This Executive Summary to a report on The Importance of Being in School: A Report on Absenteeism in the Nation's Public Schools looks at data from six states on their measures of chronic absenteeism: Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Nebraska, Oregon and Rhode Island.

A report that examines the reearch-based effectiveness of Read 180® as a literacy intervention program. The report states that no studies of READ 180 that fall within the scope of the Adolescent Literacy (AL) review protocol meet What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence standards, but seven studies meet WWC evidence standards with reservations.

This article reviews research concerning the causes of children with oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and the antecedents that trigger oppositional and defiant behavior. Drawing from clinical experience, the authors present a model to alter theses antecedents and offer a wide variety of practical techniques for preventing and responding to oppositional behavior in the classroom.

This handout presents instructional alignment as the important part of the teacher’s role to make sure there is alignment between the curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

40 to 60 percent of high school students become chronically disengaged from school — not counting those who already dropped out. Research indicates that social and emotional learning (SEL) programming for elementary- and middle- school students is a promising means to reducing problem behaviors, promoting positive adjustment, and enhancing academic performance.

In this paper, the authors propose a model of the prosocial classroom that highlights the importance of teachers’ social and emotional competence (SEC) and well-being in the development and maintenance of supportive teacher-student relationships, effective classroom management, and successful social and emotional learning (SEL) program implementation.

This article looks at the effect of school infrastructure on student attendance and drop-out rates. The study finds that the quality of school infrastructure has a significant effect on school attendance and drop-out rates. Students are less likely to attend schools in need of structural repair, schools that use temporary structures, and schools that have understaffed janitorial services.

is one of the nation’s largest school districts. During the 2002-03 school year, the district served over 162,000 students in grades K-12 in 241 schools and centers. FCPS is also one of the nation’s most active districts in offering research-based programs to meet student needs and improve learning for each of its students.

The best technique for reducing classroom behavior problems is to establish effective routines and procedures. This is most effective when a teaching team agrees upon a few common routines/procedures, so students have a consistent experience from class to class. This tool suggests several possible routines and procedures for teachers to implement in the classroom.

This handout presents 10 instructional approaches and the student experiences that address each approach.

For districts that want to create their own ISIS data reports using Excel, but need help creating condition formatting to color code student status in each of the indicator areas.

In order to run successful middle grades schools, we must understand the developmental characteristics (traits associated with human growth) of early adolescence. This activity helps participants to understand these characteristics and the key categories we use to discuss them (social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and moral/ethical).

May 2011

This table helps school administrators assess the extent to which the factors associated with effective professional learning communities (critical elements, human resources, structural conditions) are present at their schools.