Social and emotional learning occurs when teachers and school staff help students develop the interpersonal skills they need to succeed in school and work. This skill-building happens in the course of everyday instruction, when teachers pause to encourage students to pose a question in a more respectful tone, imagine how others feel, take a deep breath to calm themselves down, break a goal into manageable pieces and more. Social and emotional self-management is thought to set the stage for productive, cooperative learning.
The classroom shouldn’t be isolated from what happens in the real world; it should be an extension of students’ lives.
There are wide variations in how students are being taught across California, as most of state’s largest districts stick with distance learning.
Resources and funding can help districts provide more support for students during these challenging times.
Can outdoor schools offer lessons at a time when being indoors is so risky?
Schools can serve as a hub for an entire community after a disaster, experts say.
We need support systems in place now, not after mental health incidents begin to surface and escalate.
It is no exaggeration to say the past five months have been horrible. Students will need extra support when they return to school.
Teachers must learn to embrace diversity and recognize that cultural differences are assets, not barriers.
California Collaborative for Educational Excellence director offers suggestions for how districts can prioritize and address students' emotional and learning needs.
Trauma-informed approach to learning will make return to school more successful for students and teachers.
As coronavirus cases spike across California more school districts are making the decision to educate students online next school year.
Teachers realize there is more to distance learning than keeping the children’s study skills fresh, and adapt their classes to meet the need.
In California, leaders of 37% of outdoor education programs said they will remain closed due to lack of financing after the coronavirus pandemic.
About 56,700 laptops and 94,000 hotspots have been sent to districts across the state so far.
As schools prepare for the upcoming academic year, mental health must be a primary planning focus.