November 25, 2020

How social media impacts a student’s social-emotional health

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.

November 11, 2020

Interview: Instituting Social Media and Technology Policies in Schools

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.

Upcoming Webinar: Unpacking ‘The Social Dilemma’ to Empower Your School Community

Thursday Nov. 19 | 4:00 p.m. ET

The Social Dilemma, a recent documentary being talked about by schools nationwide, explores how social networks affect human behavior. In this presentation, we’ll unpack the documentary, address the challenges facing school communities, and demonstrate how to use the documentary to develop positive approaches to social media that resonate with students.

Join us to learn:

  • Strategies to screen the documentary The Social Dilemma that positively impact students
  • Effective discussion questions that engage students during and after the documentary
  • 7 life skills to teach your students following the documentary

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October 9, 2020

Social Media, Social Unrest and COVID: What educators learned about student experiences this fall

“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.

September 24, 2020

Students reveal major social media trends to foster connections during chaos

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.

August 23, 2020

The Social Institute announces fall topics for their real-time SEL curriculum, #WinAtSocial LIVE

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. 

August 3, 2020

#WinAtSocial Summit 2020

#WinAtSocial Summit 2020: Empowering Educators in SEL, Social Media, and Technology.

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.

August 1, 2020

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

July 14, 2020

Student Q&A: The effects of going TikTok viral

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. 

July 8, 2020

Partner Q&A: Why SEL should be mandatory in schools this fall

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. 

July 6, 2020

Experts share best practices to address racial injustice and promote equity in schools

Insights and free resources from students, educators, and counseling professionals about facilitating productive conversations about race.

June 23, 2020

Perspective | Mandatory SEL shows students that mental health is just as important as grades

EdNC covers three key TSI learnings informing why social-emotional learning (SEL) should be prioritized this fall.

June 9, 2020

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. 

June 2, 2020

Charleston private school builds ‘confidence pipeline’ to empower girls in social media age

See how our partner school, Ashley Hall in SC, is tacking the “30% confidence drop” in girls between the ages of 8 and 14 and TSI’s role in their confidence pipeline. 

May 27, 2020

It’s possible to make Instagram an empowering place

TSI contributes to the Mashable coverage on how the accounts you follow can impact your mental health and why finding positive influences is so important – especially for young girls.