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Mindful Dragon

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What is Mindful Dragon?


Mindful Dragons is a resource for parents with information on Social Emotional Learning, including Growth Mindset.  

Because school is one of the primary places that students learn social and emotional skills, Frances Drake and the Leominster Public Schools are working on a systemic approach to Social Emotional Learning that involves everyone, from district and school personnel to community partners to family members, working together to ensure students receive the support they need.  





What is SEL?


Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. (casel.org)

Why Teach SEL?


Social and emotional learning (SEL) provides a foundation for safe and positive learning, and enhances students' ability to succeed in school, careers, and life. Image credit: http://secondaryguide.casel.org/casel-secondary-guide

Research shows that SEL not only improves achievement by an average of 11 percentile points, but it also increases prosocial behaviors (such as kindness, sharing, and empathy), improves student attitudes toward school, and reduces depression and stress among students (Durlak et al., 2011). Effective social and emotional learning programming involves coordinated classroom, schoolwide, family, and community practices that help students develop the following five key skills: Self Awareness, Self Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision Making. (Edutopia.org)