Teacher Engagement

Educators Are Using Edtech to Facilitate SEL. Here’s How They Gauge Student Success.

Summary:  This article addresses how tech tools can be used to promote SEL and how to determine which goals those tech tools can address.  The article shares results of a teacher poll and also provides some examples where teachers from around the country share best practices. Source:  Rachel Burstein, EdSurge, October 22, 2020 Description:  “Over …

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4 Back-to-School Scenarios; How to Boost Engagement Online

Summary:  Here are five articles from EdSurge that address the issue of remote learning and re-opening schools in the fall.  The articles deal with back to school plans, how to engage students in online learning, how much time is appropriate for remote learning, strategies to promote successful online learning, and health concerns when opening schools in …

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7 Ways to Maintain Relationships During Your School Closure

Summary:  This article summarizes additional ways that teachers can maintain relationships with their students while schools are closed for the national health crisis.  These strategies range from online instruction, holding morning meetings online, calling on the telephone, and using snail mail and post cards. Source:  Sarah Gonser, Edutopia, March 25, 2020 Description:  “In spite of …

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Video Chats, Phone Calls, Postcards: Teachers Rebuild Connections With Students During Coronavirus Pandemic

Summary:  This article addresses the need for teachers to maintain connections with their students during the distance learning caused by the national Coronavirus crisis.  Educators from around the country make suggestions as to how they connect with their students even though schools are closed. Source:  Sara Schwartz, Education Week, April 3, 2020 Description:  “Teachers and students …

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Straight Up on COVID-19: Sal Khan on Teaching 40 Million Kids at Home

Summary:  This is an Education Week interview with Sal Khan of Khan Academy who speaks about the issues involved with online teaching, especially in light of all the school closures.  Khan Academy has been actively providing online learning experiences for ten years and has lots of experience in structuring these experiences to make sense as …

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Educators Continue SEL Support During Coronavirus Closures

Summary: This article gives several examples of how school districts are continuing to support social-emotional skills and making connections even while schools are closed and learning has moved online.  These social-emotional skills are there to help both students and their teachers deal with the stress and anxiety of moving to a new teaching paradigm. Source:  …

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Tips for Managing Virtual Instruction During the COVID-19 Crisis

Summary:  This article provides some support for teachers who are now conducting classes using online virtual instruction during the COVID-19 outbreak.  the article offers some online teaching strategies as well as positive advice and support as teachers take on this new challenge. Source:  Maurice Elias, New Jersey Education Association, March 20, 2020 Description:  “Teachers are …

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Guidelines for Improving School Culture and Climate and Increasing Staff Understanding of and Buy-In for SEL/SECD

Summary:  This is a revision and expansion on an article that previously appeared in Edutopia.  The article suggests ways to engage staff starting with “Strategic Informal SECD Discussions” to help build courage and commitment to the SECD effort.  Strategies are suggested for building on these discussions and starting points for doing this work are identified.  Resources are …

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Free Digital Guide Provides Practical SEL Implementation Tools for School Leaders

Summary:  This article introduces CASEL’s Digital Guide to Schoolwide SEL which provides an interactive planner, step-by-step guidance, field-tested tools and continuous improvement processes to help educators implement SEL practices systemically. Source:  Amelia Harper, Education DIVE, February 5, 2019 Description:  “While CASEL’s schoolwide implementation process was developed more than a decade ago, the newest guide was created over the past …

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What’s (Relational) Trust Have to Do with It?

Summary;  This article tells the story of how a new principal was able to improve the culture and climate of his high school.  The article offers seven steps to build “relational trust” and shift the culture of the school. Source:  Joanie Eppinga, Chuck Salina, Suzann Girtz and David Martinez, Educational Leadership, March 2018 Description: “These seven …

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