Fighting the Good Fight—for Your Library, for Your Students

| By Heather Hayes | What are your nonnegotiables? Heather Hayes, a senior education consultant for Gale, a Cengage company, reflects on the School Library Journal (SLJ) summit and leadership panel, where esteemed participants articulated that supporting mental health and wellness is nonnegotiable—reaffirming shared passions and pursuits while fueling the drive to continue to fight … Read more

Exciting Updates to Miss Humblebee’s Academy Further Grow Learner’s Success

| By Gale Staff | Miss Humblebee’s Academy is unlike any other online preschool learning program available to libraries. It offers a fun, inviting, and safe environment with hundreds of online and offline activities to prepare children ages three to six for kindergarten proficiency. In fact, the offline curriculum accounts for 40 percent of the … Read more

Fostering Empathy with Inclusive eBooks

A podcast with author Duchess Harris How can schools learn from the past and embrace our differences today? That’s a question Duchess Harris reflects on every day. Harris, J.D. Ph.D., is an accomplished professor of American studies and political science at Macalester College. She’s also well known within the K‒12 community. Harris is the creator … Read more

­­How to Boost SEL This School Year

| By Taylor Frey | Educators prioritize the physical and mental well-being of their students every year, but during this time of distance and hybrid learning, the importance of social and emotional learning (SEL) has never been clearer. We sat down with Grace Gallagher, executive director of the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation, to talk about … Read more

Practical SEL Tips for Students: Learning to Self-Manage

| By Nicole Albrecht | Teachers are known for having many tasks and challenges to handle in the classroom—from behavioral interruptions to technology issues—and these intrusions can quickly become overwhelming. For teachers, learning to self-manage is a skill that can come with training, mentoring, or years of experience. Similarly, students also encounter their own challenges … Read more

Educators Discuss Practical SEL Ideas at Virtual Summit

| By Gintas Bradunas | At a time when new ideas and approaches are needed the most, many of our best sources for inspiration and support have closed. From watercoolers to happy hours to meetups to conferences, these often-underappreciated sources of innovation have been largely stripped away due to COVID-19. And students feel it too. … Read more

Practical SEL Tips: Helping Students Foster Self-Awareness

| By Nicole Albrecht | Students today are facing uncertainty and disruptions like never before. Whether in the classroom or through blended learning, how can educators and parents support them with these challenges? The answer isn’t one size fits all, but as educators know, social and emotional learning (SEL) is one key component. There are … Read more