Educational Equity

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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How to Embed SEL Into Your Instruction

Summary: This article focuses on the WHY behind social emotional learning and the importance of embedding these skills in the classroom. The author cites the importance of providing students with opportunities to practice and cultivate these skills and to reflect on their importance. The author also suggests strategies for practicing the five SEL domains. These …

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Connecting SEL and Equity in Hybrid Learning Classrooms

Summary: This article focuses on building equity using SEL practices in hybrid learning situations. The author provides four strategies that will help to promote equity. These include building relationships with and among students, facilitating critical conversations, creating a supportive classroom climate, and enhancing students’ self-awareness. Source: Chenita Evans, Edutopia, April 1, 2021 Description: “Equitable practices …

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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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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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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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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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Relationships, Equity Remain Essential for Curriculum to Connect in Remote Learning

Summary:  This article underscores the importance of maintaining relationships and promoting equity as school leaders cope with the challenges of the pandemic.  Remote learning has presented challenges to the equity issue on many fronts including access to technology and other socio-economic issues but also to the point of racial inequalities and culturally-responsive teaching.  On the …

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CASEL Releases New Definition of SEL: What You Need to Know

Summary:  This article presents an overview of the changes that CASEL has made to their definition of SEL as well as changes to the CASEL “Wheel”.   The author looks at and explains the changes to the definition and how the wheel now represents a better view of how classrooms, schools, families and caregivers, and communities …

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