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An Online Resource, NOT An Online Social Emotional Learning Program

An Online Resource, NOT An Online Social Emotional Learning Program

First, we want to say that EVERY social emotional learning effort made by schools and communities is important. Research has shown that students who have vital resilience skills perform better in school and are more capable of achieving their goals. However, we also believe the best chance students have to succeed is with a strong support system en...
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More Than An Educator - An Important Reminder from Students In Need

More Than An Educator - An Important Reminder from Students In Need

As the new school year begins, we as educators feel a driving need to engage our students by almost any means necessary. We feel pressure to find new activities, establish a working relationship, meet common assessment requirements, continue our PD - the list goes on and on. By Christmas, this enthusiasm has likely faded, leaving behind educators t...
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3 Creative Tips for Getting Students Excited Before the School Year Begins

3 Creative Tips for Getting Students Excited Before the School Year Begins

While you may be dreading the return of school this fall, chances are your students haven't even thought about it. This makes for a great opportunity for you! Are you ready to get them - and yourself - excited about the upcoming school year? These 3 creative tips will help you raise the energy level in your future students from the comfort of ...
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Teachers, Counselors, Social Workers - and the Defense Mechanisms We Use

Teachers, Counselors, Social Workers - and the Defense Mechanisms We Use
Working with youth isn't always easy. As children begin to test their boundaries, challenging our authority and expanding their understanding of themselves, they can absolutely push us to our limits. This can lead to stress, anger, depression, and disengagement in educators. By letting our emotions get to us and reacting negativ...
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Bringing Nature to the Classroom

Bringing Nature to the Classroom

Spring is in full force, and your students are getting restless. They are tired of the white walls and hard desks - they need a new stimulus. One of the best ways to re-engage students and get them excited is to bring nature to the classroom. By incorporating nature with each of the five senses, you breathe new life into a stale, end-of-the-sc...
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Preparing to Implement an SEL Program? 4 Strategies to Consider

Preparing to Implement an SEL Program? 4 Strategies to Consider

It takes months of planning to fully implement an SEL program at a school or district.  This is commonly due to funding hurdles, confusion on integration strategies, and a need to identify students and teachers who will participate in the program. Sometimes, there is resistance from staff members who feel burdened by the upcomin...
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Goal Setting In SEL: Providing Clear Examples of How To Succeed

Goal Setting In SEL: Providing Clear Examples of How To Succeed
An important theme in RTI and social-emotional learning programs like WhyTry is the idea of providing students with clear examples of how to succeed. Students who fall into the Tier 2 and 3 categories often do not have a support system that encourages them to better themselves, and we must help them achieve the growth-mindset that will lead to over...
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Involve Parents in the WhyTry Program: 3 Tips To Get You Started

Involve Parents in the WhyTry Program: 3 Tips To Get You Started
If you are implementing the  WhyTry program , you may be wondering if you can or should involve parents in the resilience education of their children. While this takes considerable deliberation and observance on your part, there are some effective, positive ways to encourage parents to participate in the education of their child as they move t...
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Guest Blogger: Making WhyTry Work For You

Guest Blogger: Making WhyTry Work For You

One of the great things about the WhyTry program is its versatility.  The program was designed to be adapted and changed in order to meet the unique and diverse needs of students around the world.  Tom McCollum, of Oxnard, California, shared with us a little of how he was able to not only adapt the WhyTry Program for his students, bu...
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Ask A Trainer: WhyTry Corrections and Implementation in Justice System Settings

Ask A Trainer: WhyTry Corrections and Implementation in Justice System Settings

WhyTry trainer Dave Murray addresses how WhyTry can be implemented in Corrections: I was first introduced to the WhyTry program in 2002.  At that time I had been a Juvenile Probation Officer for 14 years.  When I saw the visual metaphors used and key concepts emphasized in WhyTry, I knew immediately that this was something I wanted to use...
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Implementing WhyTry as a Tier 3 Intervention

Implementing WhyTry as a Tier 3 Intervention

WhyTry can be implemented in a variety of different school settings and systems. Using the WhyTry program in as a Tier 3 intervention under the Response to Intervention (RTI) model can be extremely effective. It can be especially beneficial for teachers, counselors, social worker, and school psychologists. Using WhyTry in these one on one setting a...
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