Stress and Anxiety

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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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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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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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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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 …

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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 …

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