School Climate, Health and Student Life

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Yes, You Can Do Trauma-Informed Teaching Remotely (and You Really, Really Should)

During the coronavirus crisis, it's more important than ever to support students experiencing adversity, writes Brittany R. Collins. Here’s how to do so in an online environment. (April 3, 2020)

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Creating an SEL Roadmap: A District’s Journey to Support the Whole Child
In this webinar, Panorama Education and Second Step join educators from Everett Public Schools to discuss strategies to support the whole child.

How to Encourage Student Achievement Through Social-Emotional Learning and Motivation
In this webinar, educators share practical lessons from real-world experience on how to inspire student success, increase student motivation, and more.

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06/29 11:38 am | How Two School Nurses Are Preparing for School Reopenings | In this first of three videos, two school nurses discuss how the coronavirus pandemic has upended their profession.

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Spotlight on Social-Emotional Learning 2018

While barriers remain, educators are forging paths towards implementing social-emotional learning in all schools. In this Spotlight, learn how schools are responding to students' developmental needs, the challenges to carrying out SEL, and how to find time for social-emotional learning in the classroom.

Special Report

Building a Trauma-Sensitive School
Trauma-informed schools are spreading across the country, driven by disasters, federal laws and discipline mandates, and research pointing to the academic and emotional toll of stress. What does it mean to be a trauma-sensitive school?

Special Report: Social-Emotional Learning: Making It Work
The challenges and opportunities for teaching social-emotional learning when students are in school, and when they aren't.


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Marie Pino, who taught generations of children in her Navajo community, died at 67. She had lost one of her sons, a school basketball coach, to coronavirus-related illness just weeks before; her husband, an emergency medical coordinator and pastor, died of the illness shortly after she did.
June 17, 2020 – Education Week
For schools to dismantle racism and create lasting change, educators must first understand the roots of oppression, writes Jamilah Pitts.
June 16, 2020 – Education Week
Research can guide educators looking for the best ways of identifying and treating traumatized teachers and students, writes Heather C. Hill.
June 15, 2020 – Education Week
After an unarmed black man died in the custody of Minneapolis police, black education leaders spoke out about the broader racism they saw in schools. The public wasn’t always ready to listen.
June 17, 2020 – Education Week
Our schools need abolitionists right now, not reformers, writes Bettina L. Love. Here's how to be more than just an "ally."
June 19, 2020 – Education Week
The daughter of Hmong refugees was an outspoken advocate for minority communities. She was elected to the St. Paul, Minn., school board in 2017.
June 17, 2020 – Education Week
A downloadable guide to ideas for adding instructional space and calculating how many students and staff can fit.
June 11, 2020 – Education Week
A downloadable checklist of safety, seating, and contact tracing measures to help districts and schools plan for student transportation.
June 11, 2020 – Education Week
Here are six models for how to operate your schools within social distancing requirements and health and safety requirements.
June 11, 2020 – Education Week
Face coverings for staff, copious handwashing, and daily, deep cleaning of surfaces are a must, while measures like checking temperatures and requiring students to wear masks are still active debates.
June 11, 2020 – Education Week

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