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Great Picks for Building Courage

Courage is taking on problems even when there's a possibility of risk. It also involves students speaking up for what's right, even if there's opposition from their peers, and acting on their convictions. In the end, we want our students to be able to think critically and fight for justice for all. Check out these tools to help students reflect on their beliefs, practice better decision-making, face adversity head-on, and change their schools and the world.

Interested in seeing tips on how you might use some of these tools in the classroom? Check out our blog series We All Teach SEL: Inspiring Activities for Every Classroom

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Easy-to-use reporting tool helps kids report bullying, find adult help

Bottom line: With the right context and a strong school culture, this can be a useful and effective tool for monitoring and combating bullying.


Complete social-emotional learning units in a neat and tidy package

Bottom line: These 10 SEL units provide teachers with almost everything they'll need to spark positive character development in their students.


Cool assessment targets kids' strengths; sprawling content overwhelms

Bottom line: A great starting point for conversations about students' strengths; skip some of the digital content.

Mindprint Learning

Expert feedback and tools designed for individual learner profiles

Bottom line: This extraordinary tool uses normed digital assessments to create a specific learning profile and provide authentic tools for individual learners.

Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are

Must-read graphic novel teaches relatable tween lessons

Bottom line: A hip, compelling read for tweens and teens looking for guidance and understanding of common social situations.


Sim does a good job helping teens avoid hurtful social media pitfalls

Bottom line: High school students need help with online behavior, and interactive sim BeSeen teaches them the do's an don'ts.

Character Playbook

Realistic comic book-style stories help build healthy relationships

Bottom line: A valuable series of modules to get kids thinking about how their choices help build strong character.

Roadtrip Nation

Outstanding site motivates kids to follow dreams, work hard

Bottom line: Incredibly inspirational, fun, and helpful guide for kids trying to figure out a sustainable, happy future.

Sit With Us

Teen-created social tool boosts lunchtime inclusion and community

Bottom line: This app has the potential to help students make connections with other students they may not otherwise engage with.

The Harry Potter Alliance

Fan site promotes real-world heroics with activism for social justice

Bottom line: A fun, empowering community for Potter fans who want to talk Hogwarts and make the world a better place while they're at it.


Uplifting one-stop shop for social and emotional learning resources

Bottom line: inspirED delivers exactly what it claims: empowering, easy-to-search content for social and emotional learning.

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