Resources for Educators

Four Simple Steps to Adding SEL to Any Classroom

Social-emotional learning is about cultivating a deeper care for the self in the present moment. That is something we all can do, and that is something that we should all do.

You can begin teaching social-emotional learning in your class in four steps: planning to pause, practicing, tracking it, and finally, by talking about it. Read more ›

Speech and Language Milestones [downloadable]

Children vary in their development of speech and language skills. However, they follow a natural progression or timetable for mastering the skills of language. A checklist of milestones for the normal development of speech and language skills in children from birth to 6 years of age is included below. Read more ›

County of Santa Clara Launches 988 Phone Number Dedicated to Crisis Mental Health and Substance Use Services [downloadable]

On July 16, 2022, the County of Santa Clara Behavioral Health Services Department (BHSD) transitioned to the new national three-digit suicide prevention lifeline number, 988. The new number is a quicker and more direct way to get support in times of need. Callers with 408, 650, and 669 area codes dial 988* to get compassionate support and connection to local crisis service. Read more ›

What Educators Should Know About Mental Health

Educators are often the first to notice mental health problems. Here are some ways you can help students and their families. Read more ›

AMAZE Medically Accurate and Age Appropriate Sex Ed for All Adolescents [web resource] [video]

AMAZE takes the awkward out of sex ed. Real info in fun, animated videos that give you all the answers you actually want to know about sex, your body and relationships. Read more ›

What Do Teachers Need to Know About Memory?

One of the most important aspects of learning that might be least understood is human memory. We are tasked with passing on skills and knowledge to students—it’s the most important aspect of our job. Yet how many educators have earned degrees and teaching certificates without any mention of how memory works? Read more ›

The Neurodiversity Podcast [web resource]

Emily Kircher-Morris, M.A., M.Ed., LPC, inspired by her own experiences as a neurodivergent person, is dedicated to destigmatizing neurodiversity and supporting neurodivergent people of all ages. Emily hosts The Neurodiversity Podcast, which explores the psychological, educational, and social needs for enriching the lives of neurodivergent people. Read more ›

School Culture and Bullying

Bullying in the classroom can have grave consequences for students, especially as they build effective social and emotional skills amid the disruption caused by the pandemic. While administrators must take responsibility for creating a school environment that is safe and welcoming, educators can promote a strong classroom culture through responsive and warm interactions with students. Read more ›

Resources for Responding to Trauma

After a tragic event, you may find yourself struggling with how to talk to your child about their feelings and fears. The resources on this page help parents, educators and other caring adults gain a deeper understanding of what trauma is and how to recognize the signs in children and youth. Get age-appropriate tips for talking to your child about their concerns and guidance on how you can provide comfort and reassurance and restore their sense of safety. Read more ›

Why We Don’t Use the Term “Learning Loss”

As an organization that’s trying to shift to more asset-based language and better honor and celebrate the students and schools we serve, City Year is avoiding the term “learning loss.” Here’s why. Read more ›

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