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Social-emotional learning

Social-emotional learning is the range of emotional, behavioral, and social effects produced by a program or intervention.

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Reflecting on a year of distance learning as teachers plan for school reopeningReflecting on a year of distance learning as teachers plan for school reopening

After over a full year of school closures, several teachers and school administrators are busy preparing for the long-awaited return to in-person classes this fall. But while worries of student learning-loss, momentum, and social-emotional well-being remain at the forefront of parent and school administrators’ concerns, the significant impact that this ...
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Social-Emotional Learning Program Study: Tools for Getting AlongSocial-Emotional Learning Program Study: Tools for Getting Along

After a turbulent 2020-2021 school year, it is more important than ever that educators have feasible and effective options to support students’ foundational social-emotional skills. Prior studies have found that students who participate in social-emotional learning (SEL) programs improve their behavioral and academic functioning and reduce their challenging behaviors.1 When ...
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How early childhood education providers can use COVID-19 relief funds to establish lasting mental health supports for staff and childrenHow early childhood education providers can use COVID-19 relief funds to establish lasting mental health supports for staff and children

Did you know? The recent influx of federal COVID-19 relief funds provides an opportunity to fund early childhood educational mental health supports and services! State agency leaders and early childhood educators can use infant and early childhood mental health consultation (IECMHC) to meet children’s social and emotional needs during and beyond ...
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Toolkit for talking about racism and police violence with studentsToolkit for talking about racism and police violence with students

What strategies can educators use to facilitate safe and meaningful discussions on race, racial (in)justice and racism? This toolkit from Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance) offers specific strategies, as well as tips for managing student responses, in order to create a safe environment for difficult conversations. https://www.learningforjustice.org/magazine/spring-2015/toolkit-for-talking-about-racism-and-police-violence-with-students
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Strategies for engaging students in in-person, virtual, and hybrid instructionStrategies for engaging students in in-person, virtual, and hybrid instruction

As schools begin a post-pandemic transition, educators should consider how to strengthen the social, emotional, and behavioral supports for students. Three foundational components are important to keep at the forefront of efforts to support students, regardless of the learning environment…
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Celebrating how school social workers can help students Bounce Back even in virtual settingsCelebrating how school social workers can help students Bounce Back even in virtual settings

We celebrated National School Social Worker week from March 7 – March 13, 2021 as part of Social Work Month. This school year provided unique challenges for school social workers (SSWs) as well as opportunities for innovation.
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Special educator reflections on distance learning during COVID-19Special educator reflections on distance learning during COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, educators have been tasked with finding new ways to continue teaching their students virtually with little time to prepare. In particular, since the start of the school closures, federal requirements for (IEP) compliance have changed
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How to boost wellness for high school students during distance learningHow to boost wellness for high school students during distance learning

Spring 2020 school closures left teachers and district officials scrambling to restructure their classrooms with as few disruptions as possible. High school teachers faced the difficult task of trying to preserve their students’ motivation to finish strong and stay on track to graduate, despite the looming anxiety and uncertainty that ...
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A lifeline of support: Arkansas’s innovative program to help early childhood educators support young childrenA lifeline of support: Arkansas’s innovative program to help early childhood educators support young children

Teaching preschool is simultaneously joyous and challenging. Students differ widely in their temperaments and their experience sharing space and resources with peers. Although many children adapt quickly to a group care environment, for others it can be challenging. Some early educators can access related professional development or external specialists that ...
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5 things educators can do virtually to support students experiencing trauma5 things educators can do virtually to support students experiencing trauma

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.
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