Technology

Educators Are Using Edtech to Facilitate SEL. Here’s How They Gauge Student Success.

Summary:  This article addresses how tech tools can be used to promote SEL and how to determine which goals those tech tools can address.  The article shares results of a teacher poll and also provides some examples where teachers from around the country share best practices. Source:  Rachel Burstein, EdSurge, October 22, 2020 Description:  “Over …

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Reopening School: What it Might Look Like

Summary:  This article explores seven different ideas about how schools could re-open, some additional thoughts on these possibilities, and how to face the unknown as you plan for re-opening.  This article is also available as a podcast. Source:  Jennifer Gonzalez, Cult of Pedagogy, May 24, 2020 Description:  “Reading through all the proposals was overwhelming, especially …

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The Success of Social-Emotional Learning Hinges on Teachers

Summary: This article speaks about the importance of the teacher’s role in developing social-emotional competencies.  Results of an Ed Week survey, along with reports from schools in various states, show that school leaders and teachers feel the need for more sustained professional development and training in helping students develop SEL skills. Source:  Madeline Will, Education Week, …

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Educators Get Creative To Serve Students With Disabilities

Summary:  This article talks about the difficulties associated with providing appropriate services to special needs students while engaged in distance learning.  Several examples are given where teachers offer some solutions to this problem. Source:  Elissa Nadworney, NPR, April 15, 2020 Description:  “As schools and learning have moved online, one of the biggest challenges has been providing …

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7 Ways to Maintain Relationships During Your School Closure

Summary:  This article summarizes additional ways that teachers can maintain relationships with their students while schools are closed for the national health crisis.  These strategies range from online instruction, holding morning meetings online, calling on the telephone, and using snail mail and post cards. Source:  Sarah Gonser, Edutopia, March 25, 2020 Description:  “In spite of …

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How to Teach Social-Emotional Learning When Students Aren’t in School

Summary:  This article suggests ways that teachers can use to teach social-emotional learning using a variety of resources.  The sense of connection and maintaining relationships are importance resources that support students as they learn to deal with this national health crisis. Source:  Arianna Prothero, Education Week, March 30, 2020 Description:  “Many educators are already trying out different tactics …

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Straight Up on COVID-19: Sal Khan on Teaching 40 Million Kids at Home

Summary:  This is an Education Week interview with Sal Khan of Khan Academy who speaks about the issues involved with online teaching, especially in light of all the school closures.  Khan Academy has been actively providing online learning experiences for ten years and has lots of experience in structuring these experiences to make sense as …

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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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Guidance for Special Education Services in Considering the Risk of COVID-19

Summary:  This is a fact sheet distributed by the US Department of Education providing guidance to schools and districts in planning for and implementing online learning for special needs students.  While there are specific challenges in meeting the educational needs of these students in an online environment, the USDOE supports the notion that schools can provide …

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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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