COVID-19 Pandemic

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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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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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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Weaving SEL into a Standards-focused Curriculum

Summary: This article speaks to the importance of including social-emotional skills in the curriculum as schools plan to re-open in the fall. Social emotional needs will be important to help schools support students as they return to face-to-face instruction. These skills will help students cope with whatever stress and anxiety accompanies the return to school. …

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Data: What We Know About Student Mental Health and the Pandemic

Summary: This article presents the results of a JED Foundation Survey as well as an Ed Week survey looking at the mental health issues that have been exacerbated by the pandemic. The issue of student mental health is critical when considering reopening schools and this survey data shows the many ways that it can affect …

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The Pandemic Will Affect Students’ Mental Health for Years to Come. How Schools Can Help

Summary: The author talks about the importance of understanding the stress that the pandemic has brought over the past year and how this will impact students (and teachers) over the long term. She makes the point that dealing with stress and anxiety is an important consideration. Some of children’s reactions to the pandemic may include …

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Q&A: Meeting the Needs of Students of Color in a Time of Collective Trauma

Summary: This article is an interview with Janine Jones of the University of Washington talking about ways in which schools can meet the needs of students of color who may be experiencing the pandemic and the issues of systemic racism differently than their white counterparts. She talks about micro-aggressions in the classroom as well 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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