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Social and Emotional Learning Video Library

Select a category below to find links to high quality videos you can use to learn more, share, and generate discussion with your school community.

Indicators of Schoolwide SEL

Schoolwide SEL is a systemic approach to integrating academic, social, and emotional learning across all school contexts.  Learn more about the ways SEL can present across all school practices here.  Full implementation of SEL is evidenced by the ten indicators below.

Explicit SEL Instruction

SEL 3 Signature Practices for Classrooms (CASEL; 5:41)
Video describing the SEL 3 Signature Practices (welcoming inclusion activity, engaging practices, and optimistic closure) and how to use them in a classroom setting.

Encouraging Academic Conversations With Talk Moves (Edutopia; 4:08)
Sentence starters that students use to join a class discussion encourage both academic thinking and social connectedness.

Learning Problem Solving and Growth Mindset in a Makerspace (Edutopia; 3:55)
Makerspaces build students’ cognitive abilities while fostering independence, perseverance, and self-regulation.

Scaffolding Discussion Skills With a Socratic Circle (Edutopia; 3:36)
Students deepen their understanding and build a sense of community by engaging with their peers’ reasoned arguments.

Fostering Belonging With Classroom Norms (Edutopia; 3:31)
When students help create their classrooms’ norms, rules and culture, they’re more engaged and invested in learning.

Why debrief at the end of an SEL lesson?  (Anchorage School District, 1:21)
In this teacher interview from Anchorage School District, a classroom teacher debriefs an SEL lesson, asking questions like, “What was challenging?” and “How did that feel?”

SEL Integrated with Academic Instruction

ACADEMIC INTEGRATION

Integrating SEL (ASD; 3:56)
Inside Anchorage School District, see how one teacher integrates SEL into math lessons incorporating youth voice.

2017 National Teacher of the Year Sydney Chaffee Addresses NCSC18 (Public Charters; 19:01)
This video highlights the 2017 National Teacher of the Year, Syndey Chaffee’s, discussion of implementing issues of race and equity into the language and content of a Social Studies classroom. Her practitioner lens, although not explicitly labeled as SEL or transformative SEL, is a powerful lens for approaching the work.

Daily Advisory: Building Social, Emotional & Academic Skills (Edutopia, Metro Nashville Public Schools; 4:45)
Combining social and emotional learning with literacy lessons in daily advisory meetings helps students build strong positive relationships and listening skills.

Boosting Engagement With Notices and Wonders (Edutopia; 3:09)
When students make “I notice” and “I wonder” comments on course content, teachers can see what they know—and what they need to learn.

MAPS – Methods for Academic and Personal Success (Austin Independent School District; 8:02)
Austin ISD’s MAPS – Methods for Academic and Personal Success – is both a program and a class for social and emotional learning for new high school students. In this video, see MAPS in action and hear reflections from former students and teachers about the impact of SEL.

 

TEACHER TOOLS

Demonstrating Self-Regulation With Tone of Voice (Edutopia; 2:17)
When teachers model self-regulation by using a voice that is calm, neutral, and assertive, they help students feel cared for—and ready to learn.

Teaching Self-Regulation by Modeling (Edutopia; 3:14)
When teachers explicitly recognize and respond to their emotions in class, students learn to engage in these processes themselves.

The Social Classroom (Edutopia; 1:37)
Increasingly, modern classrooms support group work and peer-to-peer collaboration. The science says that’s right on.

Youth Voice and Engagement

Inside Chicago Public Schools: SEL at Marcus Garvey Elementary (CASEL; 4:47)
A student and educators at Marcus Garvey Elementary School in Chicago explain social and emotional learning and its impact.

What Every Student Wants Their Teachers to Know (Boston Public Schools; 3:23)
Boston Public Schools students speak out on how to build positive relationships between students and teachers.

Developing Agency With Student-Led Conferences (Edutopia, 3:44)
When students lead meetings with their parents and teachers, they gain a voice in their education and develop skills like goal-setting and metacognition.

Elevating Student Voice Through Senior Talks (Edutopia, 3:48)
High school seniors build confidence by documenting their growth and learning in a speech presented to their families and the school community.

Giving Students a Voice in Their Education (Ed Week, Washoe; 5:14)
Elevating the role of students to shape the policies and practices that impact their schooling experience is a central part of the social-emotional learning strategies used in the Washoe County, Nev., school district.

Social Emotional Learning in Bellevue Middle Schools (Bellevue Schools Foundation; 3:14)
With the Bellevue Schools Foundation donor funded Social Emotional Learning program, Bellevue School District is building a culture of belonging and resilience for middle school students. Learn how that looks at Tyee Middle School–from informal check-ins with peers and teachers to restorative practices that repair harm rather than punish behavior.

CASEL Cross Districts Learning Event (CASEL; 6:19)
Video produced by Sacramento City Unified School District Students during the CASEL 2019 Cross Districts Learning event. The theme was “Growing Hearts and Minds: Interrupting Inequity and Achieving Academic Success Through SEL.”

My Black is Beautiful (Atlanta Public Schools; 1:29)
Student-produced video from female students focused on self-awareness.

Supportive School and Classroom Climates

SCHOOL CLIMATE and CULTURE

Valor Collegiate Academies: Using SEL as the Foundation of a School Community (Metro Nashville Public Schools; 8:08)
Students learn that it’s OK to be vulnerable and take academic risks through an SEL curriculum, weekly support circle, and daily advisory.

Social and Emotional Learning: A Schoolwide Approach (Edutopia; 6:03)
Through a mosaic of schoolwide strategies and practices focused on social-emotional learning, Symonds Elementary provides students with a safe, supportive space and ensures that students are ready and available for deeper learning.

Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School: Building School Culture to Address Students’ Needs (Edutopia, Metro Nashville Public Schools; 8:33)
Pearl-Cohn establishes shared expectations, creates safe spaces, and teaches social and emotional skills to help students interact with each other and the staff in healthy and positive ways.

SEL: Direct Instruction Lesson Connected and Respected (ASD; 6:23)
One Anchorage School District teacher’s exemplar approach to social and emotional learning.

Creating a Positive Learning Environment (Edutopia; 4:10)
When students’ mental, emotional, and physical needs are met, they’re more likely to love school—and they learn more.

Social & Emotional Learning Creates a Foundation for Success (Austin Independent School District; 3:37)
This video from Austin shows SEL lessons taking place in a range of elementary classrooms and shares the perspectives of students, teachers, administrators, and district staff on the benefits of SEL.

Social Emotional Learning in Action in Dallas ISD Schools (Dallas ISD; 5:35)
Three Dallas ISD schools shared how they practice Social Emotional Learning in their campuses.

Why is Social and Emotional Learning Important for Equity in Education? (American Institutes for Research; 2:32)
How does social and emotional learning factor into educational equity work? In this video, Jameela Conway-Turner, a researcher at AIR offers a description of why SEL is critical to the work of equity, and how it can be implemented in service of equity.

 

COMMUNITY BUILDING

Making Connections with Greetings at the Door (Edutopia; 2:44)
Research shows that greeting students as they come into class bolsters a feeling of belonging and readiness to learn.

“SEL”abrating Success (Atlanta Public Schools; 2:25)
Humphries Elementary found a great way to integrate SEL into their current school programs and practices. Principal Melanie Mitchell has organized a rally around student attendance for many years. During the September 2015 attendance celebration, Humphries added a SEL school wide morning meeting where each grade created and performed a greeting for the entire student body.

Weekly Circles: Building Community to Foster Academic Achievement (Edutopia; 5:24)
Structured weekly circle meetings create a strong school community and help students become better learners—and teachers have their own circle to work on relationships and improve their practice as well.

Check-In / Check-Out: Providing a Daily Support System for Students (Edutopia, Metro Nashville Public Schools; 3:44)
A brief meeting every morning and afternoon with an adult who is not a child’s teacher gives that student a chance to review their social and emotional goals, building their capacity to be successful.

Morning Meetings: Creating a Safe Space for Learning (Edutopia; 5:15)
At Symonds Elementary, teachers use morning meetings to develop valuable social-emotional skills, create a culture of respect and trust, and prepare students to learn.

SEL at B.E.S.T. Academy (Atlanta Public Schools; 3:04)
Check out how the faculty and staff of the 8th graders at B.E.S.T. Academy implement SEL into their daily instruction.

 

RELATIONSHIPS

The Power of Relationships in School (Edutopia; 3:40)
Research shows that students who feel safe and supported by adults at school are better able to learn.

Cultivating Trust With One-on-One Time (Edutopia; 3:28)
For many struggling students, consistently spending informal time with a trusted educator supports emotional well-being and academic growth.

Knowing Every Child Through Index Card Rosters (Edutopia; 3:16)
By regularly reviewing students’ behavior and learning as a team, teachers can ensure that every student is seen, supported, and celebrated.

Focus on Adult SEL

SEL 3 Signature Practices: Adult SEL (CASEL; 4:37)
Video describing the SEL 3 signature practices (welcoming inclusion activity, engaging practices, and optimistic closure) and how to use them in settings with adults, such as a meeting or professional learning.

Rethink SEL & Equity: Culturally Responsive Teaching (Rethink Ed; 0:50)
This short video explores the link between SEL and culturally responsive teaching practices.

 

SELF-CARE and RE-ENERGIZING

Improving the Well-being of Teachers and Students (Garrison Institute, 3:42)
The CARE for Teachers program (Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education) recognizes the importance of SEL skills for teachers to help them manage stressful working conditions.

Tap-In / Tap-Out: Giving Teachers Time to Recharge (Edutopia, Metro Nashville Public Schools; 1:47)
Sometimes teachers need a minute to take a breath and refocus. A tap-in, tap-out strategy allows them to call in support so they can step out of their room.

 

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

Compass Camp: Professional Training for Social, Emotional, and Academic Development (Edutopia, Metro Nashville Public Schools; 5:49)
Educators from around the country experience Valor’s unique model for social and emotional learning.

The Flock: Supporting Teachers Through Peer Feedback (Edutopia, Metro Nashville Public Schools; 3:42)
Teachers work in small support groups to build consistency about expectations of student behavior and the level of rigor in teaching across the curriculum.

 

LEARNING SCIENCE and BRAIN DEVELOPMENT

What is the Social Brain? (Edutopia; 2:34)
The research is in: Learning is a social endeavor.

Masters of Social Learning (Edutopia; 2:25)
We’re hardwired from birth to decode facial expression, posture, and tone of voice—and to work collaboratively.

When the Social Brain Misfires (Edutopia; 2:47)
Sometimes our powerful urge to belong can hurt us. We look at how stereotypes undermine learning.

The Science of Learning and Development (Edutopia; 5:20)
The research is clear: Strong relationships with educators help students develop the cognitive skills they need to learn and thrive.

Supportive Discipline

Restorative Circles: Creating a Safe Environment for Students to Reflect (Edutopia, Metro Nashville Public Schools; 3:44)
A daily meeting provides space for students to reflect on their behavior and find positive ways to resolve conflicts.

Chicago Student Code of Conduct (Chicago Public Schools; 6:29)
This short video helps students and their families understand Chicago’s student code of conduct and highlights the district’s SEL-infused approach to student discipline.

A Restorative Approach to Discipline (Chicago Public Schools; 5:02)
From Chicago Public Schools’ Office of Social and Emotional Learning, this video illustrates how restorative disciplinary practices have transformed school climate and relationships in 3 schools.

A Continuum of Integrated Supports

Social and emotional learning: Trish Shaffer at TEDx University of Nevada (TEDx; 10:49)
Trish Shaffer is the Coordinator for Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) for the Washoe County School District (WCSD). In this talk, she discusses the practice and value of social and emotional learning.

 

MINDFULNESS

Activating the Brain With Movement Breaks (Edutopia; 3:12)
Research has shown that short movement breaks help students get focused, improving both skill-building and knowledge retention.

Getting Ready to Learn With Mindfulness (Edutopia; 4:20)
Research shows that taking some time each day to practice mindfulness as a class helps students prepare themselves for learning.

Peace Corner: Creating Safe Space for Reflection (Edutopia, Metro Nashville Public Schools; 2:39)
Students practice self-regulation and manage their stress and frustration in a de-escalation space in each classroom.

 

TRAUMA-INFORMED PRACTICES

Getting Started with Trauma-Informed Practices (Edutopia; 3:47)
When teachers use strategies tailored to children who have experienced trauma, all students reap the emotional and academic benefits.

Fall-Hamilton Elementary: Transitioning to Trauma-Informed Practices to Support Learning (Edutopia, Metro Nashville Public Schools; 8:11)
A strong focus on relationships, social and emotional learning, and understanding students’ mental health informs how Fall-Hamilton’s staff interacts with students.

De-Escalation Spaces: Helping Students Manage Emotions (Edutopia, Metro Nashville Public Schools; 3:39)
Giving students a chance to step back from a tense situation and take time to cool down and reflect teaches them to manage their emotions and builds resilience and grit.

Authentic Family Partnerships

SEL for Parents; SEL for Parents in Spanish (CASEL; Chicago Public Schools; 8:31)
This video provides an overview of the important role parents and families play in social and emotional learning in school communities, including sharing from parents about their role in modeling, teaching and reinforcing key competencies related to SEL for their kids.

Aligned Community Partnerships

SEL 3 Signature Practices – Out-of-School Time (CASEL; 5:06)
Video describing the SEL 3 Signature Practices (welcoming inclusion activity, engaging practices, and optimistic closure) and how to use them in before and after school settings.

SEL in Palm Beach County Schools (PBC School District; 2:26)
The School District of Palm Beach County is participating in a national project called the Partnership for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI), aimed at helping students develop life skills such as persistence, self-control and teamwork. Adults are also being trained to help foster these skills in the students. The work happens during school time and out of school time and is in partnership with Prime Time Palm Beach County and The Wallace Foundation.

Systems for Continuous Improvement

The Impact of SEL (CASEL, 1:14)
The research is clear: SEL is essential for academic and life success. In this video, district and CASEL leadership highlight data that demonstrates improvements in attendance, drop out rates, suspensions, expulsions, and academic growth, as SEL implementation took root.

Other Categories

CASEL videos: Making the Case for SEL

CASEL District Videos: Building Buy-In for Systemic SEL

SEL Competencies

SEL Explained by Partner Organizations

District Leadership

Policy Connections

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