Student Well-Being Blog

Rules for Engagement

The Rules for Engagement blog explored the nonacademic issues that bear on students’ learning. This blog is no longer being updated, but you can continue to explore these issues on by visiting our related topic pages: social-emotional learning, student well-being, and school climate.

Young child wearing a mask getting a vaccine.
Student Well-Being Explainer Will a COVID-19 Vaccine Be Mandatory for Students?
Early answers to some of the biggest questions about public school students and vaccines.
Arianna Prothero, December 3, 2020
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A young white school boy sits with his Black teacher in a one to one reading session. He reads to her and is smiling clearly enjoying the book. The teacher is smiling too. In the background a diverse group of kids sit around a classroom table.
Student Well-Being The Secret to Improving Students' Social-Emotional Skills? Start With the Adults
Adults must understand their own social-emotional abilities before they can impart those skills to students
Arianna Prothero, October 23, 2020
5 min read
Equity & Diversity Coronavirus-Era Financial Pressures Weigh Heavy on Families With Children
A majority of families report being under severe financial strain as the pandemic wears on, according to a new survey.
Arianna Prothero, October 2, 2020
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Student Well-Being Is Online Learning Worse Than Being in School? Majority of Teens Say Yes
Even so, only 19 percent of teenagers say that instruction should be fully in-person this fall.
Arianna Prothero, September 18, 2020
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Education Carol Dweck on Nurturing Students' Growth Mindsets Through Protest and Pandemic
Growth mindsets are an important tool for battling racial bias in the classroom and helping students through difficulties posed by the pandemic.
Arianna Prothero, September 15, 2020
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Equity & Diversity How a STEM Program Helps Students of Color See Themselves in Science
Small groups of Portland youngsters gathered in gardens, played with plant-based dyes, and cooked up vegan meals as part of Camp ELSO's mission to foster STEM learning for students of color.
Kaylee Domzalski, August 25, 2020
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Student Well-Being How a Summer Learning and Sports Program Adapted to the Pandemic
Leaders at DREAM's REAL Kid's New York summer academic and baseball program decided early on to move the program online. To do that, they relied on their core principle: the value of being on a team.
Kaylee Domzalski, August 6, 2020
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Student Well-Being Social Emotional Learning and School Reopenings: A Guide for Schools
Regulating emotions, managing stress, empathizing with others, and maintaining relationshipswill be key to helping students learn this fall, according to CASEL in its new guide for reopening schools.
Arianna Prothero, July 14, 2020
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Education What Parents Can Do in the Absence of Summer Programs
For parents whose kids are without a summer program this year, one expert says one of the most important things is to create structure and routine.
Kaylee Domzalski, July 13, 2020
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Student Well-Being How Two School Nurses Are Preparing for School Reopenings
In a three-part video series, two school nurses discuss how the coronavirus pandemic has upended their profession.
Debra Viadero, June 29, 2020
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Student Well-Being Teens Are Growing Depressed and Disconnected From School, Student Survey Finds
Feelings of depression, unhappiness, and disconnection are rising among America's youth as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, according to a survey of 3,300 teenagers.
Arianna Prothero, June 12, 2020
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Student Well-Being 'The World Is Watching Us': High School Students Reflect on Police Brutality Protests
Following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, high school students nationwide have organized and participated in protests against police brutality and racism. Education Week Video spoke with 16 high school students from across the country who are engaging with their communities.
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Equity & Diversity 'It's All We Can Talk About': High Schoolers React to Protests Over Police Violence
The massive nationwide protests against police violence and racial inequality mark a historical moment that is coming on the cusp of adulthood for many teenagers belonging to a generation that has been flexing its activism over climate change and gun control.
Arianna Prothero, June 8, 2020
6 min read
Student Well-Being Which High School Sports Pose the Greatest Risk for Coronavirus Spread?
Football, wrestling and competitive cheer pose a high risk for COVID-19 spread, while swimming and golf are at the low end of the risk scale developed by a national panel.
Corey Mitchell, June 1, 2020
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