Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

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21

Sep

Teaching Social-Emotional Skills Amid COVID-19

Summary:  This article is part of a series published in Education Week called “How We Go Back to School.”  This particular article addresses the need for good social-emotional skills in dealing with the challenges of schooling during the current pandemic.  This article focuses on connecting students with caring adults, practicing emotional intelligence, and dealing with sources of trauma and stress.  In each section, there are links to additional articles and resources.

Source:  Arianna Prothero and Sarah D. Sparks, Education Week, September 2, 2020

21

Sep

6 Exercises for Teaching SEL This School Year

Summary:  This article provides access to a guide which provides “bite-sized” SEL lessons that can be used at school or at home.  These mini-lessons were developed by the EASEL Lab at Harvard University.

Source:  Ed Week, September 2, 2020

21

Sep

Educators Find Strategies Fostering SEL, Play for Youngest Students as Coronavirus Continues

Summary:  This article talks about how pre-school students can be encouraged to build SEL skills through playtime and sharing even with the restrictions caused by the pandemic.  Suggestions are made about encouraging play and SEL activities for both in-person and online learning.  

Source:  Lauren Barack, Education DIVE, September 16, 2020

21

Sep

It’s Time to Rethink How Schools Use Data to Implement Social and Emotional Learning

Summary:  This article presents CASEL’s viewpoint on the importance of the use of data when implementing SEL.  Ally Skoog-Hoffman, a research director at CASEL, presents several case studies where school districts have used data to improve and guide their work on SEL.

Source:  Ally-Skoog-Hoffman, Education DIVE, September 15, 2020

9

Sep

Teaching the ‘New’ COVID-19 Social-Emotional Skills

Summary:  This article talks about the importance of continuing to develop and use social-emotional skills even in remote learning situations.  The author makes several recommendations concerning social-emotional learning during the pandemic.

Source:  Sarah D. Sparks, Ed Week, September 2, 2020

3

Sep

Teaching Social-Emotional Skills Amid COVID-19

Summary:  This article is part of an Education Week project called “How We Go Back to School.”  This installment addresses various aspects of the importance of social-emotional learning skills (SEL) to help students address stress and anxiety and to help teachers discover strategies that will help to achieve this goal.

Source:  Editors and Contributors, Education Week, September 2, 2020

3

Sep

Why Students Need Social-Emotional Learning Now

Summary:  This is a special report from Ed Week addressing the importance of social-emotional learning as schools re-open for the 2020-21 school year.  The report offers the results of two surveys which attest to the concerns of students as they contemplate going back for the 2020-21 school year.  Their levels of stress and anxiety are clearly a factor as the new year begins.  Social-emotional learning (SEL) offers a way to help students navigate these concerns and schools would be wise to attend to these needs by implementing SEL.

Source:  Arianna Prothero, Education Week, September 2, 2020

1

Sep

Supporting School Community Wellness with Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) During and After a Pandemic

Summary:  This research brief from Penn State, looks at the importance of social-emotional learning in supporting students, teachers, and schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. High quality SEL implementation can help schools and communities to deal with the continued challenges presented by the pandemic. The article looks at how SEL can help promote wellness and the authors identify bright spots (best practices) and ripe spots (opportunities) associated with SEL implementation.

Source:  Cipriano, C., Rappolt-Schlichtmann, G., & Brackett, M. A.(2020). Supporting school community wellness with social and emotional learning (SEL) during and after a pandemic. University Park, PA: Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, The Pennsylvania State University.

30

Aug

The Essential Teacher Trait That Has Emerged in the Pandemic

Summary:  This article underscores the importance of the teacher-student connection and empathy as means to work through the challenges of the COVID-19 epidemic.  These traits, as well as other social-emotional skills and competencies, have helped teachers and students alike overcome some of the challenges presented by online learning.  

Source:  Elizabeth Heubeck, Ed Week – TopSchoolJobs, July 28, 2020

28

Aug

Lessons in Leadership: Principal Prioritizes Equity, Preparing Students for World Beyond West Philadelphia

Summary:  This is an interview with Richard Gordon, a high school principal in West Philadelphia, who has won many accolades for his leadership.  He comments on the importance of community partnerships and involvement in helping schools meet the needs of its students. He goes on to comment on his focus on equity and how it is preparing students for life beyond schooling.

Source:  Roger Riddell, Education DIVE, August 25, 2020