• The Importance of Causal Talk in the Emotional Experience

    January 11, 2018 | Housman Institute
    As early childhood educators, we have a duty to arm children with the skills needed to thrive—most importantly, social and emotional competencies. A powerful way to promote social and emotional skills is through conversations focused on emotion (commonly called Causal Talk or CT), and through...
  • The Art of Non-Verbal Communication

    December 22, 2017 | Housman Institute
     Communication allows us to connect with others through expressions of thought, feeling, and desire. We engage with actors on the big screen, empathize with characters in a gripping novel, and lament our friend’s pain as they share their struggles. The combination of words, tone, body language,...
  • Communication Through Emotion

    December 15, 2017 | Housman Institute
    Children communicate through expressions of emotion, which is our first language universally. Knowing one’s own and others’ emotions, as well as regulating them, is what is known as emotional competence or, in common parlance, emotional intelligence. Caregivers and early childhood educators are crucial in...
  • The Importance of Equality by Gender

    December 07, 2017 | Housman Institute
    Boys and girls should be treated equally. But, does reality reflect this goal?Jill Filipovic, a contributing opinion writer on politics, gender, and law for the New York Times, argues we socialize children differently depending upon biological sex. Late last month, she
  • Work of Housman Institute Founder and CEO Dr. Housman Published in Acclaimed Peer-Review Journal

    December 01, 2017 | Housman Institute
    “Neuroscientific advances demonstrate that the age range from zero to five years old represents a critical window for both learning and teaching, which must involve the development of emotional competence and the growth of self-regulation as a foundation for long-term academic, personal, and social success,...
  • Assessing Social and Emotional Learning

    November 22, 2017 | Housman Institute
    Can we measure the growth of our students’ social and emotional learning skills? Our country’s K-12 principals suggest a resounding yes.According to a 2017 survey from the Collaborative for...
  • Cultivating an Environment to Promote Social-Emotional Learning

    November 16, 2017 | Housman Institute
    Social and emotional competencies set the stage for academic and life-long success. But, how do we integrate social and emotional learning into early childhood education?Last month, Anna Durfee, a guest author on the website “Getting Smart,” wrote
  • Supporting Children Through Life's Inevitable Stressors

    November 09, 2017 | Housman Institute
    Anxiety is a growing issue facing American adolescents today.Benoit Denizet-Lewis, writer for the New York Times Magazine, recently published an article...
  • Temper Tantrums: Teachable Moments or Reason To Be Concerned

    November 01, 2017 | Housman Institute
    Toddler temper tantrums can be difficult to manage, but should we be concerned if our toddler is having them a couple of times a day in or outside the home? In The Checkup Column...
  • Social Emotional Curricula in Massachusetts Schools: Great, But Too Late?

    October 27, 2017 | Housman Institute
    Constructing a foundation of social and emotional success is now widely understood to provide the building blocks toward academic and life-long success. Nine school districts in Massachusetts, in apparent recognition...