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Teaching Resources for Discussing School Shootings

On May 24th, 2022, a school shooting took the lives of 19 children and 2 adults at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. This tragedy joins Parkland and Sandy Hook on the list of horrific school shootings that have taken place in the United States in the last 10 years. Along with the rest of…

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Applying the CASEL Framework with Podcasts to Teach SEL Skills

How can podcasts teach SEL skills? Can podcasts provide opportunities for teachers to integrate the CASEL framework in their classroom? Absolutely, according to California social studies teacher Dr. Scott Petri.  In 2021, we hosted a webinar with Dr. Petri where he shared practical teaching strategies for using podcasts to teach SEL skills to students. Did…

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5 Ways to Address SEL Goals Using Podcasts

Many of our podcast lessons can be used to address more than one of the SEL core competencies: self-awareness, self-management, relationship skills, responsible decision making and social awareness, as well as addressing issues like equity.   We’ve tried to make it easy for you as an educator to explore specific sample ideas below as starting places…

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Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Classroom with Podcasts

Many educators are seeking ways to diversify teaching resources and incorporate underrepresented voices and perspectives into their curriculum. Fortunately, Listenwise podcasts promote DEI & SEL goals! Sharing and discussing podcasts featuring stories and viewpoints of real people in their own voices can activate students’ emotions, validate their experiences, foster empathy, and promote understanding of diverse perspectives….

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Instructional Ideas for Teaching with Listenwise’s SEL Podcast Collection

As students return to school, they are undoubtedly bringing a wide variety of emotions to class, including potentially those resulting from traumatic experiences such as loss of loved ones and unsafe home situations. Regardless of background, many have sustained high anxiety for months, which could impact their learning and their emotional health for a long…

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Teaching about Race & Racism Using Audio Stories

In early 2020 we wrote a blog post in response to George Floyd’s death and police violence towards Black Americans (ie: George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, etc). As we head towards a new school year, we want to support educators in creating intentional spaces for students and community members to engage more…

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Listenwise on the Road: Conference Recap

It’s conference season! Late February and March 2019 have been as busy as last year (see our blog recap last year.) Here’s what we did and learned in the last month…   CATE In late February Monica attended the California Association of Teachers of English (CATE) conference. This year it was held in San Francisco,…

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Supporting Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) with Listenwise

by guest blogger: Carolina Buitrago, Ed.D. Social emotional learning (SEL) has unquestionably gained a place in the busy spectrum of educators’ priorities. There is abundant research on the benefits of purposeful SEL work in classrooms and schools for the academic success and general wellbeing of students. However, SEL is a broad domain of development, and…

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Webinar Recap: Current Events with an SEL Lens

“The purpose of education is to cultivate thoughtful, informed, competent, creative, and compassionate students who, filled with a sense of wonder and an appreciation of life in all of its diversity, see themselves as active participants in creating a more just society.” -Facing History staffer and veteran educator Doc Miller For our second collaborative webinar with…

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Teaching Resources for National Bullying Prevention Month

Did you know that October is National Bullying Prevention Month? It’s a perfect time to focus on creating positive classroom culture. According to a 2011 NCES study, 28% of U.S. students reported having been bullied at school. We collaborated on a webinar with Facing History and Ourselves, for which we collected audio stories from public…

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