Special Report: Social-Emotional Learning: Making It Work

Nearly every student in the United States is out of school this spring, shut out of traditional schools and classrooms for a prolonged period to slow the spread of coronavirus. It’s an unprecedented disruption of academic routines and to the norms of teaching social-emotional learning skills such as managing emotions and resiliency at a time when children need them the most. This report—with original survey data that capture educators' attitudes and experiences with SEL—explores the challenges and opportunities to teaching social-emotional learning when school buildings are open and operations are normal. But these are not normal times, and to help educators navigate how to stay connected to students' social-emotional state when school buildings are closed, we have a story that offers tactics for keeping up the teaching of SEL.

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Social-Emotional Learning: How to Make It Work When Schools Are Open or Closed
Tuesday, April 14, 1-3 PM E.T.
In this online event, Education Week reporters and expert guests discuss the kinds of preparation and support teachers need to develop students' social-emotional skills both in regular classrooms and virtual interactions, and more.


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Making sure the social and mental well-being of students is tended to is essential to getting young people through this period of chaos and uncertainty.
April 8, 2020 – Education Week

National survey captures attitudes toward SEL and challenges to more widespread teaching of social-emotional skills in schools.
April 8, 2020 – Education Week

Many educators see social-emotional learning as best suited for early grades, but a Dallas high school is going against the grain to make teaching SEL skills a priority.
April 8, 2020 – Education Week

Experts offer tactics to teachers on how they can tend to students’ SEL development in this chaotic time.
April 8, 2020 – Education Week

Some expert and real-world advice on selecting SEL curricula and programs to fit your district and school needs.
April 8, 2020 – Education Week

Too often, teachers are asked to use SEL practices without enough training and ongoing support, tanking the effectiveness.
April 8, 2020 – Education Week

Setting districtwide priorities for SEL and supporting teachers is essential to ensuring consistency, says Atlanta’s director of social-emotional learning in this Q&A.
April 8, 2020 – Education Week

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