A 20-year study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation published in the American Journal of Public Health 2015, found that kindergartners who demonstrated greater social competence, as reported by teachers, were more likely to reach higher levels of education and higher-paying jobs and less likely to drop out of school and need government assistance.

In fact, for every point increase in kindergartners’ social competence, children were:

  • 54 percent more likely to earn a high school diploma
  • Twice as likely to attain a college degree in early adulthood
  • 46 percent more likely to have a full-time job at the age of 25

For every point decrease, they had:

  • 67 percent higher likelihood of having been arrested by age 25
  • 82 percent higher rate of recent marijuana usage
  • 82 percent higher likelihood of being in or on a waiting list for public housing

Where can you start? By building social awareness, social cueing and social-interaction strategies.

Social-Emotional Skills For The Classroom

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Imagine a classroom that is calm, well-managed and centered on learning, not behavior management.  Join us for a practical program introducing research-based activities from Dr. Kenney’s most recent book Bloom Your Room

SEL Resources for You

RULER – The evidence-based SEL curriculum out of Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.

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Michelle Garcia Winner and Dr. Pamela Crooke provide helpful tools and strategies helping children develop better social competence.

Her “Thinking About You, Thinking About Me” & “Social Detective” programs are highly recommended.

Enhancing social interaction and social awareness. Understanding the perspectives of others is key to all interpersonal relationships. Many students, including those with high-functioning autism, Asperger syndrome, ADHD and similar social and communication challenges, have difficulties understanding that other people have perspectives that are different from their own. Michelle’s model of perspective-taking makes research into Theory of Mind practical for teaching these students and even students who may be considered “neurotypical.” Specific lessons, and how to apply them in different settings, are explored. 

Every one of us is a Social Detective. We are good Social Detectives when we use our eyes, ears, and brains to figure out what others are planning to do next or are presently doing and what they mean by their words and actions. This entertaining comic book offers different ways that can be reviewed repeatedly with students to teach them how to develop their own social detective skills. Enjoy watching your students and kids blossom day-by-day into successful Social Detectives! Then, have children practice their detective skills with the interactive Social Detective App that’s based on the book!



Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is the nation’s leading organization advancing the development of academic, social and emotional competence for all students. Our mission is to help make evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) an integral part of education from preschool through high school. Through research, practice, and policy, CASEL collaborates to ensure all students become knowledgeable, responsible, caring and contributing members of society.




Edutopia is a comprehensive website and online community that increases knowledge, sharing, and adoption of what works in K-12 education. We emphasize core strategies: project-based learning, comprehensive assessment, integrated studies, social and emotional learning, educational leadership and teacher development, and technology integration.


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Understood.org is the premier website for teachers, parents, clinicians, and educators interested in attention and learning issues. For the first time ever, 15 nonprofit organizations have joined forces to support parents of the one in five children with learning and attention issues throughout their journey.


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Social development activity ideas at your fingertips!

This iOS app is a searchable activity guide which describes more than 80 activities for teaching social skills and is organized according to the IMAGINE! Social Success Framework.  Some activities are designed to make social nuances salient through the use of role-play and social catchphrases.  Others provide practice of newly learned skills through active play.  All are fun and engaging for kids ages 3-10.  Also included in the app are four 8-week lesson plans to provide even more generalization of skills.  Speech pathologists, occupational therapists, social workers, educators and parents alike, will find activities to support the social development of their children. 

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