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Written by Gaggle
on March 29, 2021

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is important to ensure student success both in school and in life. When students are more in touch with their emotions, they gain an awareness of why they may feel a certain way and become more capable of making healthy decisions. By supporting student well-being through SEL, students learn the skills they need to help manage their mental health.

In their recent education blog, Microsoft shared research around SEL, how EdTech can help facilitate the development of social-emotional skills, and the importance of SEL during distance learning. In addition, Microsoft has dedicated a new page with a variety of useful SEL tools, resources, and training to help educators support students’ well-being—whether they’re learning in the classroom or remotely. 

As a Microsoft Education partner, we’re supporting their efforts to provide SEL resources to educators. Access our collection of district success stories, blogs, videos, and more to learn how you can support SEL in your classroom with Microsoft and Gaggle. Learn how Fillmore Unified School District uses Gaggle to create a safety net in Microsoft Teams, discover ways parents can support SEL at home, and read about the importance of giving students hope

By implementing a student safety solution like Gaggle Safety Management, which integrates with both Microsoft 365 and Teams, educators can get a sense of the aspects of SEL students could benefit from practicing more. Our solution watches for students’ use of words or phrases that could indicate harmful behavior, alerting school officials when students show signs of self-harm, depression, thoughts of suicide, substance abuse, cyberbullying, unhealthy relationships, and other threats. 

It’s been a tough year, and your students need additional support to ensure good mental health and well-being. Strong SEL skills can help students manage, discuss, and cope with their personal feelings, helping them through the pandemic and beyond. 

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