Student Well-Being Spotlight

Spotlight on Forging Student
Connections & Growth Mindsets

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The Education Week Spotlight on Forging Student Connections and Growth Mindsets is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on ways to foster a growth mindset to re-connect and engage with students; into what science says about student connections; and for how to connect with English-learners to help boost overall student motivation.

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Student Well-Being Survey: Students Want More Opportunities to Connect With Teachers During the Pandemic
Middle and high school students say that they're not doing as well in school as they were before the pandemic, according to a new survey.
Sarah Schwartz, December 16, 2020
3 min read
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Student Well-Being How to Build Relationships With Students During COVID-19
The beginning of the semester is a crucial time to bridge social distances to form the personal connections that students will need to sustain them academically and emotionally.
Arianna Prothero, September 2, 2020
7 min read
School & District Management Brain Images Used to Tease Out How Top Teachers Connect With Students
Researchers are using class observation, brain imaging, and stress monitoring to provide a new perspective on how teachers engage students.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 20, 2019
3 min read
Families & the Community Connecting With English-Learner Families: 5 Ideas to Help Schools
English-language-learner families are less likely to attend parent-teacher conferences and other school-related events, which means they miss out on important opportunities to communicate about their children's academic progress.
Corey Mitchell, November 27, 2019
2 min read
Teaching Opinion Let's Focus on What Learners CAN Do, and Plan From There
Learning isn't easy, and we all have our challenges. Rather than assume our learners can't, giving them boring learning opportunities or watered-down versions of the learning, provide rigorous, engaging experiences and watch to see how much all students will grow.
Starr Sackstein, March 15, 2019
3 min read
Education Opinion How Teachers Can Build a Growth-Mindset Classroom, Even at a Distance
Distance learning makes it hard to tell if students are using a growth mindset. Here's how to tell, in this guest blog by Jamie M. Carroll and David Yeager.
Ask a Psychologist Contributor, July 8, 2020
2 min read
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School Climate & Safety Opinion A Back-to-School Plan Built Around Student Connection
There's a lot we can't control this year, writes principal Jill Gurtner. Here's what we can.
Jill Gurtner, September 9, 2020
4 min read