This highly engaging, eminently practical book provides essential resources for implementing social and emotional learning (SEL) in any K-12 setting. Numerous vivid examples illustrate the nuts and bolts of this increasingly influential approach to supporting students' mental health, behavior, and academic performance. Helpful reproducibles are included. The authors offer clear-cut guidance on how to: choose the right SEL program for a particular school teach SEL concepts to students, teachers, and administrators weave SEL into the classroom curriculum to boost academic success adapt interventions for culturally and linguistically diverse students and those with special needs monitor outcomes and maximize the quality of interventions. This text will be valuable to school psychologists, counselors, social workers, and administrators; also of interest to general and special education teachers. It will also serve as a text in graduate-level courses such as Methods of School-Based Intervention.
Kenneth W. Merrell, PhD, is Professor of School Psychology at the University of Oregon, where he has served as School Psychology Program Director and as head of the Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences. His research and clinical interests focus on social and emotional learning in schools and social/n-/emotional assessment and intervention with children and adolescents. He has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters in these areas, as well as several books, assessment instruments, and intervention programs. a Barbara A. Gueldner, PhD, is a psychologist at The Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colorado. She has over a decade of experience working as a school psychologist in the public school systems in Wisconsin and Oregon. Dr. Gueldner's research and clinical interests are in the areas of universal prevention and early intervention for children's mental health concerns; issues in pediatric psychology; consultation; and training mental health professionals. She has coauthored several articles and book chapters as well as an SEL curriculum for students.