Following the events at the United States Capitol on January 6, educators across the country are grappling with the same question: How do I talk about this with my students? We pulled together several resources to help school communities engage in healthy, thoughtful, and productive conversations.
The Social Institute is co-hosting seven webinars in early 2021 with education associations! If your association is on the list, we are looking forward to seeing you. Don’t see your association on the list? Contact us to set up a presentation!
Did students feel set up for success? Did social media make the election more or less stressful? Did students trust social media for political news? Here’s what we learned in Fall 2020 from #WinAtSocial LIVE which sits at the intersection current events and social-emotional learning.
Social-emotional learning (SEL) initiatives correlate with improved long-term academic and life outcomes. According to CASEL, there is also an $11 return for every dollar invested. Are you interested in prioritizing SEL, but unsure of where to find the resources? Here are three ways to help your school community budget for SEL initiatives.
The Social Institute is eager to take what we learned about students in the fall of 2020 to equip and empower our partners in 2021 and beyond. Through our anonymous Culture Check feature, gamified #WinAtSocial lessons, and national survey results, we’ve put together several data-driven takeaways to help guide and inform how schools address social-emotional learning following the winter break.
The Social Institute Unveils Curriculum for 4th Graders on Social-Emotional Learning and Positive Technology Use
After launching in middle and high school, the world’s first gamified, positive social media curriculum has been expanded to meet the needs of fourth graders across the country.
Are you contemplating whether or not to buy your child their first smartphone this holiday season? It’s a decision faced by millions of parents and one that charges to the forefront every holiday season. Laura Tierney, Founder & CEO of The Social Institute, offers up four key questions to ask to ensure you make the right decision for your family, and five immediate steps to set your child up for success.
Is social media to blame for the rising levels of stress and anxiety in today’s youth? Or do new studies suggest a wave of exaggerated and unfound fears? Here’s a closer look into both the positive and negative effects of social media along with some ideas for how to best support students learning to navigate their social world.
For Deans of Students throughout the country, instituting social media and technology policies sits among the most unenviable tasks. How do you keep up with technology that changes every day? Before joining The Social Institute as Partner Success Manager, Lutkus spent 13 years working in independent schools, including five as the Dean of Students at Gaston Day School in North Carolina. As a senior school administrator, he oversaw the transition from flip-phone to smartphone and social media’s rise to prominence, a seemingly overnight development that left schools scrambling to play catch-up.
“Our classrooms are an extension of society. It’s not a bubble. Everything happening out there is coming into our classrooms.” Senior administrators share what they’ve learned so far this fall as school communities navigate 2020’s busy intersection of COVID, social unrest and social media.
Many schools shifted online in the wake of COVID-19, depriving students of social connections essential to happiness and well-being. Two students reveal specific ways how they – and millions of others – have turned to social media platforms as a way of connecting with others and filling the social void.
The Social Institute unveiled five topics that will be featured this fall in #WinAtSocial LIVE, their social-emotional learning curriculum that helps students address trending, current events.
#WinAtSocial Summit 2020: Empowering Educators in SEL, Social Media, and Technology.
- August 19 – 20, 2020 | Register now
The #WinAtSocial Summit is a two-day virtual experience that will bring together leading voices and experts to discuss best-in-class strategies for social-emotional learning (SEL), crafted for the digital classroom.
The Social Institute Announces Inaugural Social-Emotional Learning Summit for Educators on August 19 – 20
The Social Institute (TSI) announced today that they will be hosting their inaugural #WinAtSocial Summit: Empowering educators in SEL, Social Media, and Technology on August 19-20, 2020. This free, two-day immersive experience will bring together leading voices and experts to discuss best-in-class strategies for social-emotional learning (SEL), crafted for the digital classroom. Join us to explore ways we can support students’ health, happiness, and future success. #WinAtSocial
In one post, @IzzyBashara went from TikTok creator to TikTok viral. We huddled with her about what it was like coming back to her phone with hundreds of notifications and how she is handling the continued fandom today.
We (virtually) sat down with Angela Mackenzie, Director of Library and Digital Literacy at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School to discuss the positive impacts mandatory SEL had has on their school community during COVID-19.
Insights and free resources from students, educators, and counseling professionals about facilitating productive conversations about race.
Public Schools Team Up with The Social Institute to Provide Gamified, Positive Social-Emotional Learning to Students
The Social Institute announced partnerships with two additional public schools and one public school district. Northview High School, Burgaw Middle School, and Lake Forest School District now join 60+ other schools and districts around the country to provide students with the world’s first-ever gamified curriculum addressing SEL, social media, and technology: #WinAtSocial.
We (virtually) sat down with a high school senior who started an Instagram account dedicated to sharing good news.
From TikTok Dances to virtual 5Ks, students and school leaders are finding creative ways to encourage activity.
Due to COVID-19, middle and high school students are taking a crash course in free time, connection, and self-care.
The Social Institute Launches Student-Led, Social-Emotional Remote Advisory Program to Address Challenges Facing Schools and Students
The Social Institute announced an enhanced offering to its current #WinAtSocial curriculum, providing schools nationwide with technology capability and weekly content updates to provide remote advisory sessions supporting students’ social-emotional health, well-being, and executive functioning skills.
School may be out for the summer, but the The Social Institute is using the academic break to ramp up staff and offerings in advance of a new school year. Josh Lutkus, former Dean of Students at Gaston Day School in Charlotte, N.C., joined the team in June as Partner Success Manager.
The Social Institute Releases #WinAtSocial, The World’s First Gamified, Positive Social Media Curriculum
The Social Institute announced that its pioneering new curriculum, #WinAtSocial, is now available for K-12 schools across the country. #WinAtSocial is the first-ever gamified and positive social media curriculum for students, parents, and educators, and has already been rolled out at select pilot schools to support their digital citizenship and social emotional learning programs.
20-year-old student Abby Straub, a student-athlete at Franklin & Marshall, breaks down the meaning of Instafamous and begins to reimagine what social media could be all about. Less about likes and looks, more about authenticity and originality.
Social media coach EJ Proctor recalls a time in high school when she met an attractive guy through Facebook, named Jake Moonan. She had no idea what was about to happen after accepting that friend request.
Laura Tierney talks with a recent high school graduate about how she uses LinkedIn to fuel her goals and what advice she has for other students looking for an edge in future job opportunities.
Social media coach Sean Kelly huddles with three rising 8th grade students to learn when and why they play Fortnite with strangers — and why parents do not need to be worried about it.
PRESS RELEASE: The Social Institute Expands Staff to Meet Growing Demand for Positive Social Media Education
As a new school year begins, The Social Institute is increasing staff, updating curriculums, and partnering with additional schools in order to empower even more students around the nation to use social media positively.
We’re growing, and our newest teammate knows plenty about winning through teamwork. Duke graduate EJ Proctor left a professional soccer career to lock arms with students, parents, and educators across the nation around positive social media use.
When Apple’s new operating system, iOS 12, rolls out later this month, it’ll be the first time “parental controls” are extended to parents, too. This means that families who are living up to high standards together will have a much easier time keeping each other — not just the youngest in the house 👦👧 — accountable.
On June 10 – 11, 2018, Laura Tierney will meet with students and school administrators to brainstorm effective strategies for positive social media education in high school, showcasing our bottom-up approach by involving student attendees in a presentation to leadership.
Parents in our Facebook Group, Parent Social Huddle, voiced concerns about Cosmo’s new Snapchat Discover channel called “Cosmo Afer Dark.” It’s since been pulled from Snapchat (🎉😁). But only users who are at least 18 years old would have seen what Cosmo posted there thanks to age-gating.
Each year, the Triangle Business Journal accepts nominations for their annual 40 Under 40 Leadership Awards. With these, they honor the brightest, most promising business people under the age of 40 in the Triangle. Today we learned that The Social Institute Founder and President Laura Tierney is one of these 4o young leaders!
Last year, this show had everybody talking and almost as many people watching. Are you one of the millions of parents who are a little freaked out about Season 2 and wondering what to do? We have a 13-word answer. Yeah, we know: clever.