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"Of all the topics I write about for my Finding Common Ground Blog (Education Week), social and emotional learning is the one where I get the most pushback from readers. Time, and the feeling that that SEL is the job of parents or school leaders, are often seen as the biggest roadblocks to focusing on it.
"Social and emotional learning (SEL) is a crucial component of student/child development and life functioning. John and Jessica Hannigan have created a resource that addresses the need for SEL instruction for all our students and provides relevant supports for immediate use and application. I will certainly keep this book at the edge of my bookshelf for frequent reference!"
"For many years our district has provided professional development for our administrators, teachers, and classified staff on social and emotional learning (SEL). Even though our staff felt the need for this type of PD, I genuinely do not think they understood the urgency and the importance of SEL in our students' lives.
"This book on SEL in a digital world is exactly what site leaders, teachers, and support staff need right now. Many educators are struggling to find a way to build relationships with students and teach them the social and emotional skills they are lacking via distance learning, and this book solves that problem. It is structured so that the reader and school teams can implement the techniques and strategies to best meet the needs of their students. The rubrics and activities can be easily implemented into core curriculum content across all grade levels.
“The Hannigans have written an immensely valuable and timely resource for educators to help them better understand the social and emotional learning (SEL) needs of the students they serve. The global pandemic has exacerbated the need for quality SEL instruction in the US and across the world. This book is a 'call to action, not through compliance but compassion.' With its many practical and essential tools, I recommend it to all educators for supporting their students during this consequential time.”
"As we teach students, we look at the needs of the whole child, which means both their academic and their social and emotional needs. We then respond appropriately by using a similar type of support through explicit teaching, modeling, and practice of SEL that we would provide for academics. What is great about this book is that it provides a clear process to identify students' needs followed by effective and practical methods to teach these critical social and emotional skills.
"With the rise in anxiety, depression, and suicide over the last few years, schools have faced the challenge of how to address the social and emotional needs of all students. Now, during the pandemic, the need is more acute and schools require more assistance. SEL From a Distance offers an easy to follow framework to build our students’ skills in the key SEL Competencies.
"SEL From a Distance is a must-read guide that offers a message of hope during this unprecedented time in education, calling for the intentional teaching and designing of essential SEL skills necessary for success in school and real life. Educators will examine their own perceptions of student behavior and receive practical directions to naturally teach SEL core competency skills in distance or in-person learning environments. Drs.