Social Emotional Learning

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How to manage stress and promote well-being

Podcast: Parent Trapped by Common Sense is here. 

Many of us at Common Sense are working parents at home with our families. As we talked about how we were all coping, we realized what we really wanted was a way to capture candid stories, recommendations, and tips for maintaining some semblance of "normal" in these very not-normal times.

So, we decided to launch a podcast, which we're calling Parent Trapped. Each episode will feature interviews with experts and tips on everything from making learning at home more fun to finding movies and shows the whole family can enjoy.

First EpisodeSpotify Channel

Positive Discipline Tools

At FASRI, faculty and staff have been using the Positive Discipline Program for the past three years to support the development of the social emotional skills of students. All faculty/staff will benefit from a renewed in-depth training at Orientation Week and during the Fall 2020 in order to continue to support students with simple effective strategies. The Student Support Department continues to help ensure the dissemination of common tools and language.

Positive Discipline is a program developed by Dr. Jane Nelsen. It is based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs and designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities. Positive Discipline teaches important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults (including parentsteachers, childcare providers, youth workers, and others).

Recent research tells us that children are hardwired from birth to connect with others, and that children who feel a sense of connection to their community, family, and school are less likely to misbehave. To be successful, contributing members of their community, children must learn necessary social and life skills. Positive Discipline is based on the understanding that discipline must be taught and that discipline teaches.


Simple effective tips for positive parenting for everyday support to your child navigate the current Covid-19 situation and reopening of the school for the fall:

  • Spend time alone with each child, doing something they like to do.
  • Be curious and ask them questions.
  • Listen to what they have to say. 
  • Validate their feelings without judging them.
  • Be silly together.
  • Ask them for their help.
  • Calm down fully before talking or problem solving.
  • Love your children for who they are.

CASEL CARES: So now what? Supporting SEL at home. This powerful webinar is for families.

Click here to access. To avoid the instructions to participate in the webinar, simply skip to minute 6.

  • Recording of  the Webinar focusing on mindfulness, featuring Mark Greenberg, Christa Turksma, and Velma Cobb, CREATE for Education. Sit comfortably, leave your pens and notebooks behind, turn off your phone, and enjoy!

Click here to access. We skipped the introductions to invite you for a full experience.

Family Self-Care on Vimeo:

Interactive SEL Games

Practice taking action to improve your world by playing Arthur's Park, a digital game from the PBS KIDS series ARTHUR. In order to create a new park in an empty lot, Arthur has to make a speech to raise awareness, hold a bake sale to make money, and then equip the park. As children play each round, set in a board game format, they accumulate stars that they use to "buy" what they need for a new park. They also recognize the importance of making a plan to achieve one's goals. 



Curated and coordinated by the experts at Common Sense, Wide Open School is the result of a collaboration among leading publishers, nonprofits, and education and technology companies. Wide Open School features a free collection of the best learning experiences and activities for kids, organized by grade band and subject. You will also find daily schedules with creative breaks and recommendations to keep kids engaged and exploring, one day (or one hour) at a time. Choose "we're family" and the age group to start.