Parent & Student Resources

If you would like to preview Frisco ISD lessons written by our department, you can login to The Gateway and search “SEL” where you will see the SEL Tile. Be sure that you are logged on as a guardian. For any other SEL content in the district, you can refer to the Teaching and Learning Department.

SEL Gateway Tile

If you would like to be a part of our community that values strong character, we encourage you to access our monthly character focuses and incorporate them into your own family. If you would like to support other students through our mentoring program, you can find more information here. Resources for partnership in character development can be found below.

  • Brainstorm by Daniel J. Siegel MD (Year Published: 2015) - In Brainstorm, Dr. Daniel Siegel busts a number of commonly held myths about adolescence—for example, that it is merely a stage of “immaturity” filled with often “crazy” behavior. According to Siegel, during adolescence we learn vital skills, such as how to leave home and enter the larger world, connect deeply with others, and safely experiment and take risks. Drawing on important new research in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, Siegel explores exciting ways in which understanding how the brain functions can improve the lives of adolescents, making their relationships more fulfilling and less lonely and distressing on both sides of the generational divide.

  • The Mindful Child by Susan Kaiser Greenland (Year Published: 2010) - The Mindful Child extends the vast benefits of mindfulness training to children from four to eighteen years old with age-appropriate exercises, songs, games, and fables that Susan Kaiser Greenland has developed over more than a decade of teaching mindful awareness to kids. These fun and friendly techniques build kids’ inner and outer awareness and attention, which positively affects their academic performance as well as their social and emotional skills, such as making friends, being compassionate and kind to others, and playing sports, while also providing tools to manage stress and to overcome specific challenges like insomnia, overeating, ADHD, hyper-perfectionism, anxiety, and chronic pain.

  • The Whole Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson (Year Published: 2011) Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson offer twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. The authors explain—and make accessible—the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. The “upstairs brain,” which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties. And especially in young children, the right brain and its emotions tend to rule over the logic of the left brain. No wonder kids throw tantrums, fight, or sulk in silence. By applying these discoveries to everyday parenting, you can turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your child’s brain and foster vital growth.

  • Puppy Mind by Andrew Jordan Nance & Illustrated by Jim Durk (Year Published: 2016) - In this picture book for children and adults, a young boy discovers his mind is like a puppy, always wandering away, into the past or the future. He sets about learning to train his puppy mind to heel to the present moment. Through remembering to breathe, the boy becomes a stronger and more caring master of his puppy mind, keeping it in the present, if only for a moment. Includes a link to a discussion guide for parents and teachers.

  • Have You Filled a Bucket Today?: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud & Illustrated by David Messing (Year Published: 2015) - This heartwarming book encourages positive behavior by using the concept of an invisible bucket to show children how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation and love by "filling buckets.

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey (Year Published: 2014) - In this book, Sean Covey applies the timeless principles of the 7 Habits to teens and the tough issues and life-changing decisions they face. In an entertaining style, Covey provides a step-by-step guide to help teens improve self-image, build friendships, resist peer pressure, achieve their goals, get along with their parents, and much more.


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