Research says that when students are engaged in service-learning, their immune system, heart rate and sense of well-being improves dramatically. Children are happiest when they feel a sense of purpose. Here are ten tips to help kids experience these positive benefits — even while stuck at home.
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Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl – Bio as Submitted
Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl is an expert advisor for the WE organization’s WE Schools program, which is accessed by over 18,000 schools across North America – with a special emphasis on social and emotional learning and mental wellbeing.
Dr. Kim is known as a world-renowned, American expert in the area of social and emotional learning (SEL) and sits on CASEL’s Board of Directors.
- Within the realm of SEL, Dr. Kim’s studies have covered the following topic areas:
- The correlation between social and emotional competence (SEC) and academic achievement in early adolescence (click here for 2018 research)
- The identification of the processes and mechanisms that foster positive human qualities such as empathy, compassion, altruism and resiliency in children and adolescents
- How volunteer action helps develop caring, altruistic behaviors and promotes emotional and physical well-being (click here for 2018 research)
- The use of mindfulness in the classroom to foster a stress-free environment (click here for 2016 research)
- Projects that examine the effectiveness of classroom-based universal SEL programs (i.e. Roots to Empathy, MindUp)
Dr. Kim has over 100 publications in scholarly journals, book chapters, and reports and has edited two books on mindfulness in education, including a co-edited book (with Dr. Robert W. Roeser) published by Springer Press in 2016 titled “Handbook of Mindfulness in Education: Integrating Theory and Research Into Practice.” She has presented her research at over 200 scholarly conferences and has given over 300 presentations on the topic of children’s social and emotional development and social emotional learning.
Dr. Kim’s research has been highlighted in several magazines and newspapers across the US, and internationally, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Le Monde, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Scientific American Mind, Neurology Now, The Huffington Post, The Telegraph, The Atlantic and many more. Her research on the Roots of Empathy was profiled on the PBS Newshour special, the American Graduate.