Mental Health

SEL and Media Literacy Resources for Election Season

Summary: The Panorama Education team has put together a list of informational resources, articles, and guides to provide support in fostering a civil classroom environment, whether in-person or virtually. There are lists for districts, school leaders, and teachers as well as for families and caregivers. Source:  The Panorama Education Staff, Panorama Education, October.November 2020 Description:  …

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The Secret to Improving Students’ Social-Emotional Skills? Start With the Adults

Summary:  This article points about the importance of making sure that the adults in a school are attending to their own mental health and social-emotional competencies so that they are better able to teach and model these skills for their students.  The article presents results from a report from the RAND Corporation and the Wallace …

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The Three Imperatives of Teaching During the Pandemic: An Ethicist Weighs In

Summary:  The premise of this article is to “keep students front and center” during the pandemic.  The author suggest three imperatives in order to make this happen. These include putting student health and safety first, teaching critical thinking, and teaching ethical leadership. Source:  Ann Gregg Skeet, Education Week, October 25, 2020 Description:  “A global pandemic …

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School Districts’ Most Pressing Social-Emotional Learning Needs

Summary:  This Ed Week Market Brief presents the results of a national survey of 700 educational leaders as what they feel are the most important SEL needs during the pandemic.  The most pressing need was how to how create or maintain an positive learning environment while social distancing is in place.  Other concerns were student …

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Educators Continue SEL Support During Coronavirus Closures

Summary: This article gives several examples of how school districts are continuing to support social-emotional skills and making connections even while schools are closed and learning has moved online.  These social-emotional skills are there to help both students and their teachers deal with the stress and anxiety of moving to a new teaching paradigm. Source:  …

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Coping With Stress of Coronavirus Crisis a Challenge for California’s Students

Summary:  This article provides some insight on the stress and anxiety that the coronavirus is causing as students move to online instruction.  Views from students from various grade levels are presented to show how this outbreak has affected their lives.  Coping strategies are also suggested in the article. Source: Patrick Hoge, EdSurge, March 23, 2020 Description:  …

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Schools Are Embracing Mindfulness, But Practice Doesn’t Always Make Perfect

Summary:  This article reports on schools’ effort to use mindfulness to help student cope and maximize their learning in school.  The authors give examples where schools have implemented mindfulness programs but they also warn about the importance of using quality approaches and provide examples of research on the effectiveness of these practices. Source:  Anya Kamanetz, Meribah Knight, …

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As Teen Stress Increases, Teachers Look for Answers

Summary:  This article identifies stress and anxiety as a major teen problem.  The percentage of students feeling the pressure of stress, anxiety, and even depression is increasing at an alarming rate.  This article provides some suggestions for teachers wishing to help students cope. Source:  Andrew Simmons, Edutopia, November 20, 2019 Description:  “The academic pressures and …

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How Districts are Addressing Adolescent Mental Health

Summary:  Research from a recent white paper highlights the increasing crisis in adolescent mental health. In a recent edWebinar, presenters emphasized the need for school districts “to intervene with students as quickly as possible to keep them safe.” Source:  Eileen Belostock, eSchool News, November 15, 2019 Description: “Seventy percent of teens cite anxiety and depression as a significant …

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More States Requiring Mental Health Education

Summary:  This article reviews efforts that many states have made to address mental issues in schools.  The recognition that stress and anxiety in our schools contribute negatively to the mental health of students (and adults) has triggered this move to require schools to adopt mental health standards. Source:  Lucy Hood, Education DIVE, September 3, 2019 Description:  “We …

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