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Brian Winter, M.Ed.

Mindfulness: Resetting Your Brain

June 19, 2023

Mindfullness is a simple, yet powerful way to reset your brain.  So, what is mindfulness exactly? Think about a time you’ve been working on a computer.  Have you ever reached a point where the computer seemed to be lagging, moving slowly, or simply not working properly?  You might find that rebooting the computer makes a…

Naming Feelings: Feeling Better by Making the “Invisible, Visible”

February 12, 2023

Naming feelings is a simple, yet powerful, mind-hack that can relieve stress and leave you feeling better quickly (not to mention dramatically improving your interaction with others).   The process of naming feelings is actually quite easy, (click here to learn why it works) but having the awareness to name your feelings is the challenge.  That’s…

World Economic Forum: The Future of Jobs Report

February 7, 2020

The Top 10 skills identified by the World Economic Forum all involve social and emotional competence. And research shows that social and emotional skills and attitudes also contribute to the other skills such as critical thinking. To read the full report, click here.

Social-Emotional Learning Has Long-Lasting Positive Effects on Student

February 7, 2020

Students who completed social-emotional learning interventions fared better than their peers who didn’t participate on a variety of indicators—including academic performance, social skills, and avoiding negative behaviors like drug use, finds the analysis, which examined follow-up data from dozens of published studies on specific interventions. To read the report, click here.

SEL Leads to Improved Academic Performance & Behavior

February 7, 2020

SEL interventions increased students’ academic performance by 11 percentile points, compared to students who did not participate in such SEL programs. Students participating in SEL programs also showed improved classroom behavior, an increased ability to manage stress and depression, and better attitudes about themselves, others, and school. To read the meta-analysis of 213 studies involving…

Economic Value of SEL: $11-1 ROI

February 7, 2020

The average return on investment for six evidence-based programs is 11 to 1, meaning for every dollar invested there is an $11 return. Read the 2015 review from Columbia University.

The Impact of Social Emotional Learning

February 7, 2020

More than two decades of research demonstrates that education promoting social and emotional learning (SEL) gets results. The findings come from multiple fields and sources, including student achievement, neuroscience, health, employment, psychology, classroom management, learning theory, economics, and the prevention of youth problem behaviors.

Why Does Naming Feelings Work?

December 16, 2019

Naming feelings is tricky! There are hundreds of feelings and every minute of the day you can be feeling a variety of them. Sometimes, it’s hard to pinpoint what you’re feeling. Take your average “bad day,” for example. Nearly everyone has experienced a “bad day”. Some days, you are just in a bad mood. Maybe…

Emotional Intelligence: Identify Your Multiple Intelligence

December 12, 2019

Are you smart? You just started judging yourself. Maybe you answered “yes.”  Or, “no.”  Or, maybe you waffled with indecision. As a society, we make this judgement of others all the time.  Even the best teachers in education find themselves with thoughts like, “Kyle is a bright kid, he’ll learn this quickly.  But Laura will…

Social Emotional Learning Curriculum: How to Get Students in the “Green Zone”

December 11, 2019

It’s second hour in Mr. K’s class. The bell has just rung.  Mr. K is ready to get started with his lesson. But, here’s what Mr. K doesn’t know is lurking under the surface: Susie was just dumped by her boyfriend because of an untrue rumor posted on social media last night. Jimmy’s coach stopped him…

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