Schools Spotlight Social, Emotional Learning Amid Complex Times []


By Hadley Barndollar,, October 20, 2019

In a second-grade classroom at New Franklin Elementary School, a warm flurry of compliments.

Seated in a circle, girls praise each other’s dresses and sweatshirts. A boy gives his friend kudos for helping him clean up after an activity the previous week. They all murmur the teacher-advised response — “thank you” — through toothy smiles. It’s a lesson on compliments.

Down the hallway, in a first-grade circle, students talk about inclusion and cooperation. Teacher Erin Lane asks, “What does cooperation mean?”

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