Social Awareness

Social Awareness

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

These two sets of resources were designed by educators, all of whom are also parents, with the intent to provide activities and experiences that build community while promoting awareness of self and empathy for others. These resources help to facilitate the intersection between home and school.

  1. Across five activity guides we define the core competencies of social emotional learning (SEL) as they relate to youth finding their personal and collective role in community. 
  2. Our new social justice resource guides help build connection to community and raise awareness of social justice and our role as citizens of a diverse country. With generosity as an anchor for conversation, we culminate in a StoryCorps format project.
We do better in learning, relationships, and career when we have opportunities to be generous and connected in community.

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 uncertainty.

Telling Our Social Justice Stories

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Telling Our Social Justice Stories

Teaching Social Justice and Building Community in Remote Settings: Three Resource Guides, organized by grade spans, include lessons and activities to build community even when we are not in person. 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 for more conversation. The guided facilitation takes learners through a journey of empathy, making decisions, taking voluntary action, and finally telling our own stories to make a better world. 

We are a global community of diverse stories - past, present, and future. Sharing our unique stories helps make a better world as we engage in the philanthropic act of generous listening. The following two resources were written by practicing teachers across the country to guide empathy, decision making, community building, and social justice. Social Emotional Learning: Guides with suggested activities and videos to help students engage in SEL while Learning to Give. Social Justice: Lesson plans by grade level that culminate in a StoryCorps-style project.

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 young people learn about and practice taking action for the common good. Look here for current ideas to spark youth knowledge and action to make a difference.

Issue Area-Related Lesson Plans and Project Ideas

The best service-learning projects are related to learning, involve youth voice and choice, address a researched need, and work with local resources. Click the green button in each issue area block below to access a ...

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...