Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

Stress and Anxiety



Getting Started With Integrating SEL Into Lessons

Summary:  This article makes the case for infusing SEL into lessons – whether they are delivered in-person or remotely.  SEL can help to mitigate the stress and anxiety that has come with the pandemic and other current struggles in our society.  This article also makes the point about the importance of SEL and equity as well as considering emotions in promoting student well-being.

Source:  Jorge Valenzuela, Edutopia, September 21, 2020



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



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