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4 Questions to Ask When Committing to Equity and Anti-Racism in Schools

Summary: This article poses four essential questions for educators to consider when making a commitment to addressing equity and anti-racism in their classrooms and their schools. These questions come as a result of the increased focus on systemic racism in response to incidents in 2020 which brought these issues to the fore. Educators need to …

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6 Ways Teachers Continue to Promote Student Voice This Year

Summary:  This article makes suggestions as to how teachers can encourage student voice, even when working remotely.  These include connection, collaboration, checking for understanding, providing hands-on learning experiences, and maintaining a learning routine, among others. Source:  Cheryl Abla, Edutopia, December 8, 2020 Description:  “We all know the disruption the pandemic has caused in education, but …

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Connecting SEL to Academic Outcomes

Summary:  This article makes the connection between social emotional skills and four subject areas – visual and performing arts, social studies, health, and English language arts – and suggests that teaching these skills can be authentically done within the context of the subject matter.  These same ideas can be implemented in other subject areas as …

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When Social-Emotional Learning Is Misused – What we see through an equity lens

Summary:  This article speaks to the importance of viewing and implementing Social Emotional Learning (SEL) through an equity lens.  The authors stress the importance of considering the needs of children of color and then designing social-emotional learning experiences that address the supports that these families need – particularly during remote learning. Source:  Eve Colavito and  …

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3 Best Practices for Nurturing a Positive School Climate Virtually

Summary:  In this article, the author suggests three ways to support a positive climate during remote or hybrid learning.  These include encouraging and honoring student, family and staff feedback, setting standard routines for safe online learning, and providing SEL support for educators.  There are also links to resources that are provided by Panorama Education. Source:  …

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Building Better Relationships With Parents at the Classroom, School, and District Level

Summary:  This article attests to the importance of partnering with parents, especially during remote learning, to help ensure student participation and success.  The author suggests several ways to improve relationships between the school and the home and lists a number of resources that could be helpful in building these relationships. Source: Heather Wolpert-Gawron,  Edutopia, November …

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4 Questions Every School Leadership Team Must Ask

Summary:  This article focuses on the work of school leadership teams and the necessity for these teams to focus on the act of teaching and learning.  The author poses four questions which stimulate discussion in team meetings as to how to make student learning authentic. Source:  Peter DeWitt, Education Week, November 22, 2020 Description:  “School …

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The Synergy of Arts Education and Social-Emotional Learning

Summary:  This Smart Brief from Arts Ed NJ and the SECD Lab at Rutgers shows how the visual and performing arts (VPA) can help students build social-emotional competencies.  Teaching in the arts can help to address trauma and inequity and provide students with an outlet for expression and a way to address societal issues.  The …

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6 Exercises to Get to Know Your Students Better—and Increase Their Engagement

Summary:  This article underscores the importance of knowing more about your students even when faced with distance learning during the pandemic.  Strategies and classroom practices are shared from around the country including a very successful “Laws of Life” project which gave students the opportunity to tell their story through writing, music, art, and other forms …

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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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