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Social Emotional Learning

How To Talk About COVID Grief in The Classroom

From the more than 550,000 people who have died from COVID in the U.S. to a national reckoning with racism and ongoing racially motivated violence, this year has been characterized by loss and suffering. Experts say educators should be addressing this loss and these hardships in the classroom in a safe and thoughtful way. Read more ›

Tips for Transitioning to Full In-Person Learning [downloadable]

We know transitions can be challenging.  If your child will be returning to school soon, here are some ideas on ways to prepare and support your child. Read more ›

Return to In-Person Learning: Mental Health and Social-Emotional Well-Being Considerations

As children return to in-person learning, the school experience will be very different from before with desks far apart from each other, teachers maintaining physical distance, and the possibility of staying in the classroom for lunch, it is unlike anything your child is used to. Before school is in session, you may want to talk to your child and explain that all these steps are being taken to keep everyone safe and healthy. Read more ›

In Schools, Finding Hope at a Hopeless Time

While pandemic schooling has always been hard, it’s seemed to get harder as time has gone on according to educators who are desperately looking for ways to help students stay motivated. Teachers have reported that students increasingly see school as irrelevant and feel a sense of hopelessness about the future. Even with vaccinations and school openings increasing, there are reported upticks in youth depression, anxiety, and suicide attempts. Read more ›

Helping Struggling Students Build a Growth Mindset

Researchers and teacher educators Donna Wilson and Marcus Conyers have found that a gift many effective educators give struggling students is a practical and optimistic mindset coupled with strategies that help them learn successfully. Read more ›

Developing Young Children’s Social Skills While Socially Distanced

The work of young children is to build language and social skills, much of which happen through family relationships, play and social interaction with peers. With kids spending so much more time at home and online, it’s important to create lots of opportunities for our young children to practice these skills in other ways. We sat down with Shirit Megiddo, Speech & Language Pathologist at CHC, to learn how to support your young child’s development, often using existing routines and items you already have around the house! Read more ›

CASEL CARES Initiative: COVID-19 SEL Resources for Educators, Parents, and Caregivers [web resource]

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) understands how important it is to attend to the social and emotional needs that arise during times like these. SEL offers a powerful means to explore and express our emotions, build relationships, and support each other – children and adults alike.

CASEL CARES is an initiative that brings you thought leadership, helpful resources, and access to key leaders in the SEL field during this challenging time.  Read more ›

Seven Ways to Build a Child’s Resilience During the Pandemic (and Long After It Ends)

written by Phyllis Fagell, licensed clinical professional counselor

For many children across the United States, the pandemic is the first time they’ve had to deal with a disruption of this scale, and some are faring better than others. As a school counselor, I know that parents of struggling kids feel powerless and worry about long-term emotional fallout. Although caregivers can’t always alter children’s circumstances or shield them from discomfort, they can offer a more enduring gift: tools to manage adversity. Read more ›

6 Ways to Teach SEL Skills Remotely

This year, schools may be offering social-emotional skills training to students with disabilities, such as autism, in separate virtual groups. However, if staff are spread thin, or students need additional opportunities to generalize skills, it may be useful to find ways to integrate social-emotional learning into other virtual encounters during the day. This will help to ensure students who have social-emotional goals in their IEPs can work on their skills. Read more ›

10 Tips for Teaching and Talking to Kids About Race [downloadable]

These tips, developed by EmbraceRace in partnership with MomsRising, are designed to help parents of all backgrounds talk to and guide their children about race early and often by lifting up age-appropriate activities that can be incorporated easily into your daily life. Read more ›

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