Positive Relationships

Integrating Social and Emotional Learning in English Language Arts

Summary: This article makes suggestions as to how the arts can bring social emotional learning (SEL) to ELA classes. The author provides some examples using drama, dance, music, and visual arts that promote SEL in language arts classes. Making an effort to use these strategies promotes creativity and allows students different ways to express their …

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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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Students Need Emotional Support When Returning to School in Person. Here’s How

Summary: This article provides six ways for schools to prioritize Social-Emotional Learning when returning to school. These suggestions include mixing predictability and novelty, dealing with misbehavior in an understanding way, building students’ sense of competency, making connections, addressing students differing needs, and providing a safety net so no student falls through the cracks. Source: Phyllis …

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When School Goes Remote, Many LGBTQ Students Lose a Safe Space

Summary: Remote learning have proven to be particularly challenging for many LGBTQ students because of the loss of support that they feel being in school. School can provide a community of support for these students where they feel they have a place to express themselves. They also miss the feeling of support from their LGBTQ …

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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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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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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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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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School Districts’ Most Pressing Social-Emotional Learning Needs

Summary:  This Ed Week Market Brief presents the results of a national survey of 700 educational leaders as what they feel are the most important SEL needs during the pandemic.  The most pressing need was how to how create or maintain an positive learning environment while social distancing is in place.  Other concerns were student …

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4 Powerful Ways to Engage Students This School Year

Summary:  This article focuses on the teacher as the main resource in building student engagement.  The authors suggest ways to build student engagement amid the pandemic crisis.  These include: be funny smile and laugh; create experiences, not activities; be visibly invisible (it’s about them); and treat every lesson as if you only get one chance. …

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