Social–emotional and behavioral challenges

5 things educators can do virtually to support students experiencing trauma

Authors : Yunsoo Park , Jennifer Nakamura , Jenna Rush

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, we adapted strategies from the “Common trauma symptoms in students and helpful strategies for educators” handout to help educators address student’s social-emotional and mental health needs associated with trauma in virtual settings.

Educating and speaking with children about racism

Authors : Yunsoo Park

Our Student Behavior Blog team at SRI Education is deeply heartbroken and outraged by the racism, brutality, and hatred that plague Black children, families, and individuals, not only with regard to recent events, but with recognition that these are pervasive issues they face in every moment of their lives. Consistent with our mission statement, we continue to strive to think about how we can conduct research, use data, and develop tools in meaningful ways that will reduce barriers and promote equity for students across our nation who continue to experience these longstanding injustices.

Maintaining wellness in crisis

Authors : Elaine Mulligan

Helping kids stay busy, stimulated, and positive while creating an environment that allows them to feel safe and protected can be challenging. A team of child trauma experts at Child Trends have listed several recommendations for supporting the emotional well-being of children during high stress periods. They highlight “3 R’s” for parents to use as … Continue reading Maintaining wellness in crisis

Maintaining wellness in crisis: Boosting children’s emotional health

Authors : Jennifer Nakamura , Maddie Cincebeaux

Measures taken to address the spread of COVID-19, from precautionary social distancing to shelter-in-place orders, have dramatically impacted children and their families. In addition to navigating their own stress during a period of uncertainty and change, parents are faced with addressing the questions and concerns of their children, many of whom are spending significant amounts … Continue reading Maintaining wellness in crisis: Boosting children’s emotional health

Clinicians’ perspectives on implementing evidence-based practices

Authors : Elaine Mulligan

Dr. Michelle Woodbridge (who has been studying prevention and intervention programs related to school-based mental health for more than 25 years) describes school-based clinicians’ perspectives on how using research-supported trauma-informed intervention programs in schools created meaningful, sustainable changes in practice. This video was produced by the 3C Institute. Helpful resources on cognitive behavior interventions can be … Continue reading Clinicians’ perspectives on implementing evidence-based practices

How schools can get started with Positive Behavior Supports

Authors : Elaine Mulligan

Dr. Carl Sumi, an expert in student behavioral research and interventions discusses positive behavior interventions and supports. This video was produced by the 3C Institute. Additional resources on cognitive behavior interventions can be found on the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools  (CBITS) program website. Resources for trauma-informed schools can be found on the Treatment … Continue reading How schools can get started with Positive Behavior Supports

Why Positive Behavior Supports is a good fit for Trauma Informed Schools

Authors : Elaine Mulligan

In this video, Dr. Carl Sumi, an expert in student behavioral research and interventions, discusses the intersection between PBS and trauma informed schools. School-wide Positive Behavior Supports is a framework for operating schools and changing social culture and supporting all students. This video was produced by the 3C Institute. Additional resources on cognitive behavior interventions … Continue reading Why Positive Behavior Supports is a good fit for Trauma Informed Schools

How to incorporate social-emotional learning into instruction

Authors : Elaine Mulligan

Three-minute animated video with tips for classroom teachers. Content adapted from our blog post, How can we incorporate mental health education into schools? Consider the 5 T’s.

Strategies for bringing an equity lens to SEL

Authors : Elaine Mulligan

Social-emotional learning (SEL) programs are more likely to be successful with all students when they are grounded in strategies that promote equity. Equity means ‘leveling the playing field’ and creating a culture where all students feel fully included, respected, represented, and valued. Here are a few strategies that start in the classroom. Content excerpted from … Continue reading Strategies for bringing an equity lens to SEL

Criteria for selecting a social-emotional program

Authors : Elaine Mulligan

Standalone SEL programs or curricula build students’ social-emotional skills separately from main instructional time. To implement standalone SEL programs, typically teachers or other qualified school staff members, such as counselors or school social workers, receive training in the curriculum and allot time during the school day to teach a series of lessons. Standalone SEL programs … Continue reading Criteria for selecting a social-emotional program