Life Skills

Education news, analysis, and opinion about non-cognitive skills and soft skills
Future of Work Live Online Discussion Seat at the Table: Understanding the Critical Link Between Student Mental Health and the Future of Work
In recent months, there’s been a rallying cry against the teaching of social-emotional skills. Discover why students need these skills now more than ever.
September 21, 2022
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Student Well-Being Opinion 'Do I Belong or Not?' How to Help Students Navigate Social Relationships
What do you say to students who are struggling to feel like they fit in—and what do you avoid?
Geoffrey L. Cohen, September 21, 2022
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Student Well-Being Opinion How to Help Students Define Success
What research says about grades and motivation: Don’t think of A’s as the ultimate goal.
Jennifer Aaker, September 14, 2022
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Student Well-Being Social-Emotional Learning Coalition Will Fight Back Against Politically Charged Attacks
A newly-formed coalition will provide educators with resources for communicating more effectively about SEL and its goals.
Alyson Klein, September 8, 2022
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Student Well-Being Opinion How to Set a Moral Example for Students: What the Research Shows
We all fall short sometimes. But we can do better if we try.
William Fleeson, September 7, 2022
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School Climate & Safety Video To Discourage Binary Thinking, Schools Need to Challenge Students on Their Beliefs
The nation may be embroiled in divisiveness, but schools must teach students how to work with those whose opinions differ from their own.
Kevin Bushweller, September 6, 2022
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Student Well-Being Opinion It’s OK to Be Selfish at Certain Times. Here's When and Why
A psychologist shares what research on the most moral people in the world reveals about the importance of being selfish at the right time.
William Fleeson, August 31, 2022
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Teacher Anne-Tyler Wilkerson works with third graders Reece Rowan, left, Diyah Vinodh, Sadie Morris, and Isaiah Crowe as they work on math problems to count up stitches inside a made-up operation room on Thursday at Tamarack Elementary School in Owensboro, Ky., on April 28, 2022. Teachers designed a hospital-themed subject review for third-grade students engaged in a unique "learning operation" activity.
To better prepare students for their futures, schools are integrating the teaching of problem solving and entrepreneurial thinking into STEM instruction.
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Future of Work What Should Kids Learn? Amazon, Adobe Senior Executives Share What They Think
'Soft skills' such as collaboration are high on their priority lists for success in a tech-driven economy.
Lauraine Langreo, June 23, 2022
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Science K-12 Essentials Forum How To Teach STEM Problem Solving Skills to All K-12 Students
Join experts for a look at how experts are integrating the teaching of problem solving and entrepreneurial thinking into STEM instruction.
June 22, 2022
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Student Well-Being Opinion The Truth About High Achievers: Many Struggle to Find Their Passion
New research reveals the link between trying something new and success.
Angela Duckworth, June 15, 2022
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Equity & Diversity Opinion How Do You Write the Story of Your Future When Every Day Might Be Your Last?
If we don’t let children see themselves in the classroom, we leave an opening for extremism, writes a scholar and survivor of the Bosnian genocide.
Amra Sabic-El-Rayess, June 9, 2022
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Student Well-Being Opinion Depending on Gender, Students Talk About Their Abilities Differently
When it comes to math and science, teachers should be aware that students are biased in how they talk about their own work.
Judd Kessler, June 8, 2022
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Curriculum Spotlight Spotlight on Curriculum
This Spotlight will help you explore parental involvement in curriculum choices, how curriculum can help students’ media literacy, and more.
June 1, 2022
Curriculum Spotlight Spotlight on Creative Learning
This Spotlight will empower you with findings about student motivation, the case for real-world problem-solving, and more.

May 26, 2022