by Kenneth W. Merrell and Barbara A. Gueldner
This highly engaging, eminently practical book provides essential resources for implementing social and emotional learning (SEL) in any K-12 setting.
This highly engaging, eminently practical book provides essential resources for implementing social and emotional learning (SEL) in any K-12 setting. Numerous vivid examples illustrate the nuts and bolts of this increasingly influential approach to supporting students' mental health, behavior, and academic performance. Helpful reproducibles are included.
The authors offer clear-cut guidance on how to:
- Choose the right SEL program for a particular school.
- Teach SEL concepts to students, teachers, and administrators.
- Weave SEL into the classroom curriculum to boost academic success.
- Adapt interventions for culturally and linguistically diverse students and those with special needs.
- Monitor outcomes and maximize the quality of interventions.
"This book represents the best current state of the field. It will help educators approach SEL in an evidence-based, holistic way. Merrell and Gueldner clearly lay out the conceptual basis of SEL, its documented benefits for students, and the most effective teaching and assessment practices. Instructive and engaging, the book explains the nuts and bolts of how to best implement SEL in the classroom. It is a wonderful contribution and essential reading for educators, mental health practitioners, and researchers. I teach a course on SEL and I plan to assign this text as required reading."
-Roger P. Weissberg, PhD, Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago
"Why should social and emotional learning (SEL) be a central component of every child's education? Merrell and Gueldner offer the answers in this very readable, informative, and comprehensive guide. The book takes school-based practitioners through the entire process of choosing the best SEL approach for a particular context and implementing, assessing, and sustaining quality SEL programs for children and youth. The authors provide an integrated model that demonstrates how SEL can work effectively with positive behavioral supports within a three-tiered intervention framework. An excellent and timely guide."
-Mark T. Greenberg, PhD, Bennett Chair of Prevention Research and Director, Prevention Research Center, Penn State University
"This timely book summarizes and integrates recent advances in understanding the importance of SEL and developing evidence-based curricula and intervention strategies. The book strikes a perfect balance between reviewing the theoretical and empirical bases of recommended approaches and providing concrete guidelines for practitioners. The authors make excellent use of scenarios to emphasize important points."
-Jan N. Hughes, PhD, Department of Educational Psychology, Texas A&M University
"Finally, a comprehensive and well-written resource on SEL. This outstanding volume will be useful for school psychologists, educators, and graduate students. The book is great for those interested in implementing SEL in schools, as it contains plenty of practical advice and real-life examples. As a university trainer, I appreciate not only the academic rigor of the text, but also its accessibility and its clear connections to current issues in school psychology, especially response to intervention and mental health. This is a suitable text for graduate-level classes on mental health, behavioral interventions, prevention, and even classroom management."
-Brian C. McKevitt, PhD, School Psychology Program, University of Nebraska at Omaha
1. Social and Emotional Learning: What It Is, and What It Can Do for Your Students
2. Social and Emotional Learning Curricula: A Review of Selected Programs
3. The Essentials of Using Social and Emotional Learning in the Classroom
4. Using Social and Emotional Learning to Foster Academic Learning
5. One Size Does Not Fit All: Adapting Social and Emotional Learning for Use in Our Multicultural World, with Sara Castro-Olivo
6. When Social and Emotional Learning in the Classroom Is Not Enough: Linking Students to Mental Health Services
7. Assessment and Evaluation Strategies in Social and Emotional Learning
8. Using Social and Emotional Learning within School Systems: Organizational Dynamics and Strategic Planning