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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09/18 03:14 pm | 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.

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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.

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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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As school districts move to remote instruction for the fall, day-care providers, dance studios, and after-school programs step in to fill school-day child-care gaps.
September 16, 2020 – Education Week
When in-person classes are livestreamed to distance learners, every heated class debate, teacher mistake, and student outburst is on display and might be recorded.
September 9, 2020 – Education Week
In some districts with all-remote learning, high school athletes are still on the field. And in some states, political leaders are getting heat for canceling school sports.
September 2, 2020 – Education Week
Many teachers at higher risk for complications from COVID-19 are hoping not to go back to their classrooms—and districts are having to prioritize who gets to stay home.
August 26, 2020 – Education Week
How do you tell the truth about Black progress in a nation plagued by "alternative facts"? Robert S. Harvey offers a framework.
August 17, 2020 – Education Week
A Tallahassee, Fla., K-8 school is mourning two staff members and a former employee. All of them recently died from the virus.
August 17, 2020 – Education Week
Many schools that have recently opened their doors are already seeing COVID-19 cases among students and staff. Should that shake the confidence of other school leaders who are planning to reopen?
August 19, 2020 – Education Week
The consequences of reopening schools in Denmark, Israel, and South Korea offer valuable insights for U.S. schools.
August 26, 2020 – Education Week
Spending millions to guard against COVID-19 spread, district leaders also must convince parents school buildings are safe.
August 26, 2020 – Education Week
Our leaders have failed us on COVID-19. Now, they’re asking educators to risk our lives dealing with the consequences of those mistakes, writes Allie Alejandra.
August 26, 2020 – Education Week

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