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Why is Student Voice Important in Education?

June 10, 2022
Classroom Resources

The focus of K-12 education is to educate, nurture, and prepare students for independence in adulthood. But for a system that exists to serve students,…

How To Address A Wide Range Of Different Skills And Abilities In The Classroom

May 20, 2022
Classroom Resources

All learners are different. Too often, when educators discuss different learning styles they can focus too closely on visual, audio, and kinesthetic modalities. But these…

Test Anxiety Strategies For High School Students

May 20, 2022
Classroom Resources

Test anxiety has often been compared to performance anxiety and can lead to negative behavior in the classroom and students making irresponsible decisions to either…

Teacher Modeling Strategies In The Classroom

May 9, 2022
Classroom Resources

Classroom instruction has changed drastically over the last 20 years, not to mention the rapid changes that have taken place during the shift to remote…

Activities To Build Relationships With Students

May 5, 2022
Classroom Resources

Relationships don’t just happen out of thin air – they take time! Think back to the relationships you had with your classmates when you were…

How To Boost Teacher Morale?

June 24, 2022
Staff wellbeing

It’s no secret that teaching is hard. The teaching profession requires a thick skin, resilience, and determination. Even pre-pandemic, under “normal” conditions, teaching was a…

Teachers Should Not Carry the Weight of Education Alone

March 25, 2022
Staff wellbeing
Tags: SEL at Home, Empathy, creativity

This piece was originally published in EdWeek Market Brief on March 10, 2021. Last spring, no one knew how much chaos the pandemic would impose…

5 Ways to Help Districts and Schools Prioritize Educator Wellbeing

January 21, 2022
Staff wellbeing
Tags: SEL, Educators, Move This World, School Climate, Empathy

This article was originally published in EdWeek Market Brief on Nov. 22, 2021. By Move This World Founder & CEO Sara Potler LaHayne — The…

Identifying Tackling and Difficult Social Conversations with SEL

April 24, 2019
Staff wellbeing

Tough conversations are unavoidable. As adults and inherently social human beings, opportunities for meaningful and complex dialogue present themselves in our daily lives almost constantly.…

Why Social Emotional Learning is the Key to a High Powered Team [Part Two]

April 16, 2019
Staff wellbeing

In part one of our article on social emotional learning and effective teamwork, we explored why SEL is the key to highly effective teams and…

SEL Funding

August 8, 2023
School Leadership education & Policy

As the 2023-24 school year approaches, the mental health crisis among students remains a pressing concern for educational institutions. Both students and staff continue to…

School closures set back pay equity for women

June 8, 2022
School Leadership education & Policy
Tags: Equity, Empathy

When a building has a flaw in its foundation, it doesn’t really matter whether you fix the roof or not. Unless you address the real…

Why we need to rebuild our schools with empathy and equity

June 8, 2022
School Leadership education & Policy
Tags: Equity, Empathy

This piece originally appeared in Fast Company on Feb. 3, 2021. At some point in the last 12 months, every parent had the same realization:…

California: Supporting the SEL Guiding Principles

August 14, 2021
SEL State Standards

According to the 2015-2017 California Healthy Kids Survey, 3 out of every 10 high school students “appear to suffer from chronic, debilitating sadness or hopelessness.”…

South Carolina: SEL for Pre-K and Beyond

August 11, 2021
SEL State Standards

South Carolina has adopted social emotional learning skills for early childhood development, but the most recent results from the High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey…

How Social Media Impedes Empathy

January 15, 2019
Mental Health Awareness

How often a day do you check your phone? Is it Instagram notifying you that you have 250 likes on your selfie rather than 249?…

Recognizing World Mental Health Day

October 9, 2018
Mental Health Awareness

October 10th is World Mental Health Day, a day meant to raise awareness and help advocate against the social stigma that is often associated around…

SEL Toolkit: Family Engagement

May 16, 2024
Family & community engagement
Tags: SEL, download, toolkit, resource, white paper

Research has shown that social emotional learning and parent engagement in a child’s education and school community has a positive effect on students’ achievement. This…

What are the benefits of parental involvement in education?

June 27, 2022
Family & community engagement

What is parent engagement? There is a wide spectrum of ways that parents can engage with their child’s education. Without even stepping foot in the…

Keep Young Learners Engaged All Summer

June 7, 2021
Family & community engagement

Move This World is excited to partner with Sparkler Learning to support the Big Heart World initiative to keep young learners engaged all summer! Big…

Normalizing Conversations Around Mental Health in New Season of Move This World with Sara

May 24, 2022
MTW Updates

After over 2 years of a global pandemic, the continued national and global tension continuing to escalate, and economic strain impacting the livelihood of families…

The EdTech Awards 2022

April 5, 2022
MTW Updates
Tags: SEL at Home, Empathy, creativity

Move This World named as a Finalist for The EdTech Trendsetter Award Sara Potler LaHayne, Founder & CEO of Move This World, named as a…

SEL Ambassador Spotlight: Sarah Gaw from Distinctive Schools

April 6, 2022
Partner Spotlight & Case Studies

Distinctive Schools have made the social-emotional needs of their students and staff their top priority. It’s highlighted in their Strategic Plan, and it’s visible daily…

SEL Ambassador Spotlight: Shane Blandford from Indian Head Elementary School In Maryland

March 9, 2022
Partner Spotlight & Case Studies

In our SEL Ambassador Spotlight Series, we’re highlighting the incredible work of educators and education leaders who prioritize, implement, and advocate for social emotional learning…

SEL Ambassador Spotlight: Caitlin Riojas from IDEA Pflugerville in Texas

February 23, 2022
Partner Spotlight & Case Studies

Our partners at IDEA Public Schools are integrating SEL throughout the network, prioritizing social emotional learning for students‘ grades PreK-12 as well as educators and…

Indian Head Elementary Students Learn Social Emotional Skills with Move This World

January 28, 2022
Partner Spotlight & Case Studies
Tags: SEL, School Climate

This article was originally published in ABC 7 News/WJLA-TV on November 18, 2019. — Teachers at Indian Head Elementary want every child to feel like…

SEL Ambassador Spotlight: Jessica Drzewucki from P.S. 128, the Bensonhurst School

October 30, 2020
Partner Spotlight & Case Studies

In this series, we’ll be spotlighting SEL Ambassadors from the Move This World community.  We are excited to introduce to you Principal Jessica Drzewucki from…

From Our Founder: In Solidarity with Uvalde

May 25, 2022
From The Founder Sara LaHayne
Tags: SEL, Educators, Move This World

To my Move This World Friends, Family, and Partners: When we send our students off to their places of learning, we expect them to feel…

From Our Founder: We’ve Got to Keep Moving

January 12, 2022
From The Founder Sara LaHayne
Tags: SEL, Educators, Move This World

To my Move This World Friends, Family and Partners: Sara and the girls are looking ahead to big things in 2022 I’ve never been more…

From Our Founder: Grief, Healing, and the Power of Community

March 24, 2021
From The Founder Sara LaHayne

To my Move This World Friends, Family, and Partners: For the second time in a week, our country is grieving a mass shooting. When combined…

From Our Founder: The Year of Healing

January 8, 2021
From The Founder Sara LaHayne

To my Move This World Friends, Family and Partners: Despite the start of a new year, it seems that we will be continuing on the…

Judgement is Best Served with a Side of Empathy

September 29, 2020
From The Founder Sara LaHayne

The word “judgement” is prevalent in schools, especially high schools. As young adults grow into themselves, every quirk can become subject of teasing or questioning.…

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