Social and Emotional Learning

Journal Articles

Elias, Maurice, et al. How to Launch a Social and Emotional Learning Program. Educational Leadership, May 1997

Here we present information to help educators get SEL programs started. Specifically, we address the attitudinal and logistical roadblocks that educators initiating these programs have faced--and have overcome.

Up With Emotional Health -- A Conversation with Daniel Goleman. Educational Leadership, May 1997

Emotional well-being is a predictor of success in academic achievement, employment, marriage, and physical health. Daniel Goleman, author of the bestseller Emotional Intelligence, spoke at ASCD's Annual Conference about the emotional intelligence of our students.


Goleman, Daniel P. Emotional Intelligence -- Why It Can Matter More than I.Q. Bantam Books, New York, 1997.

There was a time when IQ was considered the leading determinant of success. In this fascinating book, based on brain and behavioral research, Daniel Goleman argues that our IQ-idolizing view of intelligence is far too narrow. Instead, Goleman makes the case for "emotional intelligence" being the strongest indicator of human success. He defines emotional intelligence in terms of self-awareness, altruism, personal motivation, empathy, and the ability to love and be loved by friends, partners, and family members. People who possess high emotional intelligence are the people who truly succeed in work as well as play, building flourishing careers and lasting, meaningful relationships. Because emotional intelligence isn't fixed at birth, Goleman outlines how adults as well as parents of young children can sow the seeds.

Media Articles

Sacramento Character Education Program
Sacramento Bee, 9/15/98

Joseph P. Maloney is executive director of the nonprofit Citizenship and Law-Related Education Center in Sacramento, which oversees a federally funded character education project designed to teach courtesy and responsible behavior. One of several dozen nationwide, it's the only such pilot project in California. Many see character education as a solution to student behavior problems that encroach into daily classroom life. The Sacramento County Office of Education is a partner in the local program, starting its fourth year.

Resurrecting Teamwork, Character -- Stanford professor turns focus to youth sports
S.F. Chronicle, 8/27/98

So, Mark McGwire uses an over- the-counter steroid, which may or may not be of some help in his chase of Roger Maris' single-season home run record. Scratch another role model. But, as Stanford professor Jim Thompson might say, the problems lies not with our stars but with ourselves.


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