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We know that physical fitness is important. But scientific research now shows that children that have social and emotional fitness do better in school and life. They even have higher academic achievement.
Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, developmental psychologist, researcher and educator presents the latest research and innovative strategies that can be used by parents, educators and anyone who cares for and about children.
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL FITNESS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH - PART ONE
CASEL: Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning
This US-based organization acts as a clearing house for social and emotional practices, science and policy research.
George Lucas’s educational foundation is dedicated to improving the education process from K to 12. The web site provides classroom guides by grade levels, videos of best practices and a weekly newsletter.
The educational initiative of Goldie Hawn’s foundation aims at learners from K to 8. MindUP is a curriculum and training program based on teaching children about the brain, reducing stress, positive psychology and mindfulness and self-regulation
A BC-based program sponsored by the Ministry of Children and Family Development focuses on anxiety prevention and building resiliency skills. Offers a training program for educators and also contains a parent component.
Seattle-based organization supports parents and caregivers in raising socially and emotional health children. Their focus is on children from birth to 5 years old.
This BC-based organization promotes child and youth mental health by supporting and empowering Families. The web site provides links to resources for both parents and professionals.
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL FITNESS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH - PART TWO