William Trusheim, Ed.D. (Facilitator)

Teachers are Not OK, Even Though We Need Them to Be

Summary: Stress and anxiety caused by the recent pandemic has negatively impacted teaches across the country. This article reports on the findings of an Ed Week Research Center survey. The article goes on to suggest some ways that school districts can address the problem and promote teacher well-being. Source: Madeline Will, Education Week, September 14, …

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Principals Need Social-Emotional Support, Too

Summary: This article underscores the importance of social-emotional skills for everyone in a school. Often school leaders are overlooked when considering the importance of social-emotional skills and self-care. Social-emotional skills need to be developed early in ones training. Educator and leadership training programs need to focus on the development of these skills so that they …

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Teachers Are More Likely to Experience Depression Symptoms Than Other Adults

Summary: This article presents the result of RAND Corporation research into job-related stress and depression experienced by teachers as a result of the recent coronavirus pandemic. This stress was compounded by the fact that 1 in 3 teachers had to care for their children while teaching. There was also disconcerting news that a large percentage …

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The Role of Social-Emotional Learning in Re-Opening Schools

Summary: K-12 Dive has created a “Trendline” on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) which will present articles of interest about the role of SEL for students and educators alike. Initially, this includes six articles focusing on SEL and mental health and trauma associated with the pandemic. You can access the Trendline by signing up using the …

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With Burnout on the Rise, Districts Turn to Staff SEL and Bringing Joy to Learning

Summary: This article talks about the importance of SEL for school staff in the face of returning to the classroom after the pandemic. The increased stress and anxiety that came with the pandemic affects not only students but also adults. Many examples are given where SEL skills for adults have helped to deal with this …

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Mental Health Problems Loom for the COVID Generation. Here’s What Schools Can Do

Summary: This article talks about the proliferation of student mental health issues which have been exacerbated by the pandemic. Stress and anxiety in both students and adults has increased because of issues associated with COVID19 and the return to school in the fall. This article provides some examples of how schools across the country are …

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Education Week Spotlight on Social Emotional Learning

Summary: This spotlight edition provides several articles about Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in the time of the pandemic. These articles focus on the importance of SEL for both students and adults. There are articles particular to SEL needs as a result of the pandemic as well as choosing SEL curricula and SEL for teachers. Source: …

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Integrating Music Into Social and Emotional Learning

Summary: This article reports on a strategy where pre-school students learn to identify and manage their emotions through listening to music. The authors suggest five listening exercises ranging from Beethoven to the blues which help young children understand emotional content in the music. Source: Laura Petillo and Kerry Carley Rizzuto, Edutopia, June 8, 2021 Description: …

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Understanding Learning ‘Acceleration’: Going Slow to Go Fast

Summary: This article reports on research done by Education Week into the impact of remote learning at three important transition points in foundational literacy and numeracy, in ninth grade algebra, and in English-language acquisition.  Stories are shared for each of these touch points suggesting how acceleration of learning may require different strategies – like addressing …

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