Student Well-Being Spotlight

Spotlight on Student Well-Being

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The Education Week Spotlight on Student Well-Being is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on how educators are teaching SEL skills during COVID-19, how teachers can help students grieve from a distance, and how classrooms can maintain student connection virtually or from six feet apart.

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Student Well-Being Teaching the 'New' COVID-19 Social-Emotional Skills
Helping students develop critical social-emotional skills in a socially distanced world will require rethinking existing approaches.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 2, 2020
6 min read
The San Francisco skyline in the distance behind Crissy Field is barely visible due to smoke from wildfires Sept. 9.
The San Francisco skyline in the distance behind Crissy Field is barely visible due to smoke from wildfires Sept. 9.
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Student Well-Being A New Layer of Trauma for the Nation's Children: Dangerous Wildfires
Amid the continued threat of COVID-19, fires are now roaring across 10 states, causing experts to worry about how much stress children can handle.
Catherine Gewertz, September 15, 2020
6 min read
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School Climate & Safety Triaging for Trauma During COVID-19
Even with remote learning, there are steps schools can take to reach stressed-out students without pathologizing them.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 2, 2020
8 min read
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Student Well-Being Helping Students Grieve From a Distance
As fatalities from COVID-19 rise, so does the likelihood that schools will have to help students cope virtually with the loss of a beloved teacher, staff member, or student.
Arianna Prothero, May 19, 2020
8 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
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School Climate & Safety Opinion Here's How to Protect Students' Mental Health
Teacher-student relationships matter a lot. Research suggests a number of ways to strengthen them, writes Heather C. Hill.
Heather C. Hill, July 23, 2020
5 min read
Education Opinion First Things First: Trauma Sensitivity Before Initiatives
Isn't it time we make mental health and the healing of childhood trauma a priority in schools, asks guest blogger Matthew Fleming.
Peter DeWitt, August 16, 2020
7 min read