Announcing Newsela’s SEL Collection: Content to Support the Movement
As educators, you know the value of the little things.
Doling out high fives and fist bumps in the halls. Assigning line leader or board-eraser duty to the student who feels ignored. Mentioning that new movie to a student you know has seen it twice already. Answering questions head-on when another tough topic dominates the news. You understand that each day is filled with countless little moments that could strengthen or erode the opportunity for connection, and you work to create moments that build bridges. Your experience tells you that these little moments are significant.
And as we find ourselves in the midst of a welcome movement to prioritize Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) in our schools, we know that you are already doing this work. You approach your students as counselors, mentors, role models, and friends - all while still covering required material. The movement now has an established name and research to back it up, but you’ve long known that students’ inner lives affect their outer worlds: how they learn, how they navigate through careers and life, how they treat others.
With everything on your plates, you’ve asked for support to do even more: specifically, content to help you better foster SEL in your classrooms. Yet, you told us, there are only so many minutes in a day - how can we fit SEL instruction into a day already bursting with responsibilities?
We heard you. Today we are thrilled to announce Newsela’s SEL Collection. It is flexible, so it can be used along with any existing SEL curriculum; it is relatable and engaging, using the same high-quality content you’ve come to expect from Newsela; and it seamlessly blends SEL and literacy, so there’s no need to choose between SEL and required lessons.
Newsela’s Social-Emotional Learning Collection will be ready this Fall as an add-on to Newsela PRO. Teachers will have the tools to promote development of core SEL skills — while covering and, in fact, enhancing core instructional material and developing students' reading comprehension.
The SEL collection was designed for optimal flexibility so that it can support and enhance whatever SEL framework or curriculum you’re using. The content, classroom strategies, and professional development draw inspiration and best practices from numerous research-based SEL frameworks, including CASEL. Regardless of your approach to SEL, the Newsela Collection can fit your needs.
To get a sneak peek, visit our SEL page, and complete the 'Get This Collection' form.
We are honored to be supporting your efforts to nourish students’ social and emotional wellbeing. The critical thinking, reading, and social-emotional skills you instill in your students will support them throughout their school years — and their entire lives.