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Teaching Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Social Justice in Remote Settings

We do better in learning, relationships, and career when we have opportunities to be generous and connected in community.

In these times, everyone has something to give to make things a little better. Whether we are teaching remotely or using a hybrid model, our learners need connections to a social community and a purpose bigger than themselves. As educators and families, we grow social and emotional skills and sense of purpose by building community. A very important component is listening and speaking with generosity. Our intent is to provide activities and experiences that promote generous collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. Our students must feel that "it mattered that I came," or they will lose interest in their education. 

We asked ourselves:

  1. How do we work together when we are apart?
  2. How can we grow in our perspective of what is community?
  3. In this unique time, what is our place in history?
  4. What can we do to promote social justice where we are?
  5. How do we develop self-awareness and our role in community?
  6. What literature serves as a model and empathy builder?

Telling our Stories

We are a global community of stories - past, present, and future. We will share our unique stories to make a better world as we engage in the philanthropic act of generous listening ... hearing the stories of each other and of the past. The following two resources were written by practicing teachers across the country to guide empathy, decision making, community building, and social justice. StoryCorps project on LTG and National Model.

Social Emotional Learning Language and Activities

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Social Emotional Learning Language and Activities

These Five Activity Guides define the core competencies of Social Emotional Learning as they relate to youth finding their personal and collective role in community. Videos and activities help develop Social Emotional Learning in a remote setting after youth have experienced separation and trauma. Under construction.

Telling Our Social Justice Stories

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Telling Our Social Justice Stories

We have a rich tradition of social action and citizenship in our country. In a time of crisis, we look to generosity to guide our next steps. These lessons and activities, organized by grade spans, help build connection and inclusive community even when we are not in person. The guided facilitation takes learners through a journey of empathy, identifying needs, listening to others, taking voluntary action, and finally telling our own stories to make a better world. 

Teacher-created philanthropy education lessons magnify the impact of any academic content with themes of generosity, community, and civic and social responsibility. Perfect base for PBL, service-learning, and student-centered instruction. Lessons align to state standards, including Common Core State Standards, and some international standards.

Current events provide opportunities to discuss our role in civil society and to decide whether and how to get involved. At Learning to Give, we want to help students learn about and practice taking action for the common good. Look here for current ideas to involve your students' voice and action to make a difference.

Learning to Give in Your After-School Program 

Use our step-by-step mini-courses for teaching generosity and building community connections in your after-school program. Learning to Give’s Free Teaching and Learning Mini-Courses linked below guide After-School instruction and...