The following articles and research papers have informed the development of Tools for Life, and contain some of the most recent studies and recommendations in the fields of social emotional learning and child development.

Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years, 2014
A resource about learning through relationships for those who work with young children and their families

Implementing Early Learning in Ontario
Report to the Premier by the Special Advisor on Early Learning
Charles E. Pascal 

Principal Investigator: Sara Nickerson White, PhD
Grade Levels Investigated: Kindergarten to Grade 3
Participating School Districts: Waterloo Region District School Board, Waterloo Ontario Waterloo,
Catholic District School Board, Waterloo Ontario
Funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation

A National Principal Survey on How Social and Emotional Learning Can Prepare Children and Transform Schools
Civic Enterprises with Hart Research Associates
A Report for CASEL By Jennifer L. DePaoli, Matthew N. Atwell, and John Bridgeland

The Costly Consequences of Not Being Socially and Behaviorally Ready by Kindergarten: Associations with Grade Retention, Receipt of Academic Support Services, and Suspensions/Expulsions
Amie Bettencourt, Deborah Gross, & Grace Ho
Baltimore Education Research Consortium
March 2016

Canada Education, Summer 2014, Volume 54, Issue 3
Author: Stuart Shanker is Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy and Psychology and Director of the Milton and Ethel Harris Research Initiative at York University.
See also: Shanker, Stuart, Calm, Alert, and Learning: Classroom Strategies for Self-Regulation, Pearson, Toronto, 2013. 


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