Maurice Elias, Ph.D.
Director, Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab
- Introduction to Emotional Intelligence and Social-Emotional Learning and Its Connection to Character Development
- Advocating for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools
- Kids’ Stress, Mental Health, and Social-Emotional Learning and Character Development
- The Research Supporting Social-Emotional Learning and Character Development
- Equity, Social Justice, and Social-Emotional Learning
Highland Park, New Jersey
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Dr. Elias lectures nationally and internationally to educators and parents about students’ emotional intelligence, school success, and social-emotional and character development.
He is Professor of Psychology at Rutgers and Director of the Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab. He is also the Co-Director of the Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools (SELin SChools.org).
Dr. Elias is Past President of the Society for Community Research and Action/Division of Community Psychology (27) of APA and has received the SCRA Distinguished Contribution to Practice and Ethnic Minority Mentoring Awards, as well as APA’s National Psychological Consultants to Management Award, the Joseph E. Zins Memorial Senior Scholar Award for Social-Emotional Learning from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the John P. McGovern Medal from the American School Health Association, and the Sanford McDonnell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Character Education.
He writes a blog for the George Lucas Educational Foundation’s Edutopia Website.
Outside of work, you’ll find him watching the Yankees, the Rangers and the Knicks and teaching my grandchildren to do the same.
During the past 25 years, Dr. Elias has authored or co-author numerous books and articles.
Nurturing Students’ Character is an easy-to-use guide to incorporating social-emotional and character development (SECD) into your teaching practice.
The links are clear―elementary and middle school students have better odds of academic success if you nurture their social and emotional skills.
Drawing on broad field experience and the latest research, this book offers intuitive techniques for infusing your everyday teaching and classroom management with SECD opportunities.
With topics ranging from self-regulation and problem solving to peer communication and empathy, these concrete strategies, practical worksheets, and self-reflective activities will help you foster a positive classroom culture.