Teachers talk about how they are building relationships, addressing technology burnout and teaching social-emotional learning as campuses reopen.
Teachers from West Contra Costa Unified will be reaching out to families one-on-one to address anxieties and ask about hopes for the next year.
At least 30% of California students surveyed by the ACLU said they'd lost a loved one during the pandemic. Some had lost multiple relatives.
West Contra Costa Unified and other districts are emphasizing social and emotional learning and check-ins as students return to campus.
Schools are prioritizing play and relationship-building this summer in preparation for fall, when schools reopen for in-person instruction.
California school districts are offering robust summer school programs with an emphasis on fun to help reconnect students to their schools.
Educators and policymakers alike must listen to students to understand what they need to heal and recover from the traumas of the past year.
Upon returning to campus, students will not be able to catch up academically until they feel good emotionally, experts say.
Gun control alone isn't enough. Social and emotional programs are needed to help address the root causes of violence.
Schools and colleges are preparing for a rush of student mental health needs as campuses reopen for in-person instruction.
In the first of a series capturing teachers' experiences, most express alarm over the pandemic's impact on learning and mental health.
Schools should join with health agencies and nonprofits to provide mental and physical health services for families, state commission says.
Students' basic needs for love and belonging must be met before getting back to meaningful academic learning.
Counseling and tutoring should be embedded in school discipline programs, experts said.
The longtime leader in the field says social and emotional practices help reach disconnected students and give purpose to learning.