We Belong: An Interview with Author Laura Purdie Salas

Explore and celebrate who you are and who others are too! The new picture book We Belong by Laura Purdie Salas and illustrated by Carlos Vélez Aquilera invites others to notice the diversity of our world and affirm that we all belong, just as we are.

Read today’s post to find out how Laura Purdie Salas began writing the book, the challenges of this project, and how to help others feel like they belong.

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Social and Emotional Learning with Sesame Street

SEL (social and emotional learning) is a critical component of education. Prioritizing respect, inclusion, and community awareness are all essential to being a good neighbor. Who better to teach kids these important values than everyone’s favorite, furry friends from Sesame Street?

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READING DIVERSE BOOKS HELPS STUDENTS BUILD SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL SKILLS

“In order to be effective, SEL must be equitable. In other words, it must be supportive, affirming, and beneficial for students of all cultures, backgrounds, and identities.”

Wallace Foundation

Each week we explore inclusive books and lessons that align with specific competencies using the CASEL Five. Last week we explored books and lessons that focus on SELF-AWARENESS. This week we look at books and activities that highlight: SOCIAL-AWARENESS–the ability to understand the perspectives of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and contexts. This includes the capacities to feel compassion for others, understand broader historical and social norms for behavior in different settings, and recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.

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READING DIVERSE BOOKS HELPS STUDENTS BUILD SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL SKILLS

“In order to be effective, SEL must be equitable. In other words, it must be supportive, affirming, and beneficial for students of all cultures, backgrounds, and identities.”

Wallace Foundation

Each week we will explore inclusive books and lessons that align with specific competencies using the CASEL Five. Last week we explored books and lessons that focus on SELF-MANAGMENT. This week we look at books and activities that highlight: SELF-AWARENESS.

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