Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools


Educators Get Creative To Serve Students With Disabilities

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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

7 Ways to Maintain Relationships During Your School Closure

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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

10 Ways Parents Can Bring Social-Emotional Learning Home

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Summary:  This article offers a series of tips that families can follow to help students keep developing their social-emotional learning.  The author who is founder and CEO of Move This World, acknowledges that social-emotional skills need consistent practice just like learning to dribble a basket ball.  Using this social-distancing time as an opportunity to develop and use social-emotional skills can be very valuable in reducing stress and anxiety while building for the future.

Source:  Sandra Potler LaHayne, EdSurge, April 2, 2020

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

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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

Video Chats, Phone Calls, Postcards: Teachers Rebuild Connections With Students During Coronavirus Pandemic

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Summary:  This article addresses the need for teachers to maintain connections with their students during the distance learning caused by the national Coronavirus crisis.  Educators from around the country make suggestions as to how they connect with their students even though schools are closed.

Source:  Sara Schwartz, Education Week, April 3, 2020

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

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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 a scheduled school day of activities.  His experience should be enlightening as the country moves to online or distance learning.

Source:  Rick Hess, Education Week, March 26, 2020

Educators Continue SEL Support During Coronavirus Closures

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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:  Shawna De La Rosa, Education DIVE, March 30, 2020

Teaching SEL: Powering Up Students with Social & Emotional Know-How

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Summary:  This article talks about executive functioning and social-emotional learning from the perspective of “ExQ” – a company that has produced a curriculum designed to improve executive functioning and in so doing, also help students acquire SEL skills in the five CASEL domains.

Source:  Sucheta Kamath, Founder & CEO, ExQ®, Education DIVE, March 27, 2020

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

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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 online instruction to these students.

Source:  Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, USDOE, March 21. 2020

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

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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