Mental Illness Awareness Week

In 1990, Congress officially established the first week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week in order to acknowledge the importance of mental health. While mental illness can be an incredibly sensitive topic, it's one that needs to be talked about more. There are many misconceptions about mental illness, [...]

By |2022-10-03T13:10:21-05:00October 3rd, 2022|Emotional Intelligence, Life Skills, SEL, Soft Skills|Comments Off on Mental Illness Awareness Week

Soft Skills Are Essential for Successful Distance Learning, Especially for Vulnerable Students

For over 40 years Conover has developed research-based SEL/soft skills assessments and skill building systems.  We often have success stories from program administrators who run transition and work experience programs.  These individuals are on the front lines helping their participants succeed in life and the workplace. These administrators understand [...]

By |2021-03-29T15:45:38-05:00March 29th, 2021|Education, SEL, Soft Skills|Comments Off on Soft Skills Are Essential for Successful Distance Learning, Especially for Vulnerable Students

Study: Boosting Soft Skills Is Better Than Raising Test Scores

A recent study was just released by Northwestern University’s Kirabo Jackson on the effect of soft skills vs test scores. This study demonstrates that schools that build social-emotional qualities are getting better short-term and long-term results for students than schools that only focus on improving test scores. https://hechingerreport.org/early-research-focuses-on-schools-that-develop-students-social-emotional-qualities/ This study [...]

By |2020-03-09T08:54:07-05:00March 9th, 2020|SEL, Soft Skills|Comments Off on Study: Boosting Soft Skills Is Better Than Raising Test Scores

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Soft Skills

Definition of Emotional Intelligence As the workplace adjusts to fewer people doing more work, new sets of skills are needed. Often there is no one around to supervise and direct the actions of others. Each worker must be able to work well with others, to direct their own work, and [...]

By |2020-01-06T09:18:57-06:00January 6th, 2020|SEL, Soft Skills|Comments Off on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Soft Skills

The Connection Between Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Goal Setting and Soft Skills

There has been much attention placed on social emotional learning (SEL) in the last few years. SEL is critical to the success of every person in our society. No doubt about it, improving SEL skills will result in more emotionally connected youth and adults. But is that enough to instill [...]

By |2020-01-06T08:08:29-06:00October 1st, 2019|Goal Setting and Achievement, SEL, Soft Skills|Comments Off on The Connection Between Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Goal Setting and Soft Skills

Anxiety Management & Physical Wellness: Tips for Success

You have learned what it means to embark on a physical wellness journey and how you can commit to a healthier lifestyle. All this may seem a little bit overwhelming at first. You may be thinking that a wellness lifestyle isn’t for you. While it may be hard at first [...]

By |2019-07-15T11:27:04-05:00July 12th, 2019|Anxiety Management, Life Skills, SEL, Soft Skills|Comments Off on Anxiety Management & Physical Wellness: Tips for Success

Teaching Stress Management: How to Conquer Stress

Now that you've learned to find and think through stressors in your school, work, and personal life, it’s time to learn about the tools to conquer and harness stress. Because unwanted stress reactions affect both our minds and our bodies, a good way to defeat stress must also use both [...]

By |2019-07-12T10:07:25-05:00July 8th, 2019|Life Skills, SEL, Soft Skills|Comments Off on Teaching Stress Management: How to Conquer Stress

Anxiety Management & Physical Wellness: Diet

The importance of diet on your journey to physical wellness cannot be overlooked. Your diet, or the food you consume, has a big impact on your overall health. A healthy, balanced diet will help you feel great, have more energy, improve your outlook on life and stabilize your mood. There's [...]

By |2019-07-08T10:07:57-05:00July 5th, 2019|Anxiety Management, SEL, Soft Skills|Comments Off on Anxiety Management & Physical Wellness: Diet

Teaching Stress Management: Self-Control

Self-control plays a big role in learning to manage stress and anxiety. Self-control is the ability to handle personal feelings and emotions in difficult situations. Learning to manage anxiety requires you to learn self-control. Without self-control, it is impossible to manage your stress and anxiety. In this post, you will [...]

By |2019-07-01T10:43:02-05:00July 1st, 2019|Emotional Intelligence, Life Skills, SEL, Soft Skills|Comments Off on Teaching Stress Management: Self-Control

Teaching Stress Management: Constructive Thinking

In the last post in this series you learned about the power of destructive thinking and how it can limit your students' ability to manage their stress. Destructive thinking is negative thinking, but constructive thinking is positive thinking. Through positive thinking, you can teach your students to weaken power of [...]

By |2019-06-24T10:34:11-05:00June 24th, 2019|Emotional Intelligence, Life Skills, SEL, Soft Skills|Comments Off on Teaching Stress Management: Constructive Thinking

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