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    Leveraging SEL to Reopen and Renew Your School Community During COVID-19

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    Talking to Children about COVID-19

    National Association of School Psychologists: Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting From COVID-19 NASP offers guidance for adults to speak with young people about COVID-19 while also modeling problem-solving, flexibility, and compassion Child Mind Institute: Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus This short video and list of recommendations takes into account the developmental needs of children PBS: How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus PBS Kids’ recommendations for speaking to young children about COVID-19, social distancing, and hygiene, with links to relevant episodes of PBS shows NPR: What to Say to Kids When the News is Scary This audio recording and article, while not specific to COVID-19 news, shares developmentally appropriate ways to help young people process current events and counteract misinformation Teaching […]

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    SEL in the News – Archive

    2020 Wall Street JournalSocial and Emotional Learning Has Never Been More Important—or More Difficult CBS-WABIMaine DOE will launch Social Emotional Learning curriculum Education DiveEducators find strategies fostering SEL, play for youngest students as coronavirus continues UNESCOWho Drives Social-Emotional Learning? Houghton Mifflin HarcourtHoughton Mifflin Harcourt Announces Integrated Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum Based on Best-Selling Memoir The JournalLouisiana to Provide SEL Courses to Middle High School Students The New York TimesHow to Forge a Solid Parent-Teacher Relationship KYW RadioA half-hour of each online Philly school day is being devoted to social, emotional health Moms.comWhat Is Social-Emotional Learning And How Can Parents Foster It At Home? CBS-WLNYNYC Schools To Focus On Social And Emotional Learning When Students Return This Fall EdSurge SEL Skills Are More […]

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    One way SEL assessment can support school community thriving

    By Christina Cipriano, Ph.D., Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence Early in March I shared an update on the conclusion of a project- Catalyzing the Future Directions of Social and Emotional Learning Assessment. As part of that work, stakeholders from across the SEL field mobilized to embark on curating an initial set of open-source learning modules aligned to five areas identified as essential next phases of work for SEL Assessment – Leverage Existing Resources and Expertise, Promote SEL Data Literacy, Enable Equity, Engage Youth Voice, and Integrate SEL Assessment at the System Level.   Just days after the report was published, the COVID-19 pandemic descended upon our country, the field of SEL rushed to the calls for action from our school communities. […]

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    3.5 Collaborate with families & partners

      Recognizing the Role of Afterschool and Summer Programs in Reopening and Rebuilding (AIR) This document includes recommendations on ways to include afterschool and summer programming to support students’ transition back to school. Collaboration Tools for Building SEL Across the School Day and Out-of-School Time (CASEL Guide to Schoolwide SEL) This tool includes guidelines and activities for building strong collaborative relationships between schools and community partners to align SEL practices and learn from one another. Building Positive Conditions for Learning at Home: Strategies and Resources for Families and Caregivers (AIR) Tools in English and Spanish for parents for fostering emotional health and well-being within their home. Making Families Feel Welcome (Siegel, Esqueda, Berkowitz, Sullivan, Astor, & Benbenishty (2019), via Greater […]

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    3.4 Discuss the impact of the pandemic & racial inequity

      Strategies for Teaching Fearless SEL for Societal Change (Simmons (2019), via Greater Good Science Center) This SEL integration tool shows how CASEL’s five SEL competencies can create the conditions for youth agency and engagement and social change and can be a key part of classroom-based learning. COVID-19: How Can We Make Choices that Promote the Common Good? (Facing History and Ourselves) This youth conversation lesson encourages students to share their views, values, and voices to strengthen the community. Speaking Up Against Racism Around the Coronavirus (Teaching Tolerance) Written for teachers to address stereotypes, xenophobia, and racism in connection with COVID-19, this article contains links to Teaching Tolerance guides for responding to hate or bias incidents and resources for educators […]

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    3.3 Implement a comprehensive system of supports

      Guidance for Trauma Screening in Schools (National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice) This guide outlines the role of schools with regards to trauma screening, including key considerations and cautions, different screener options, intervention options, and connections to a whole-school approach. Why We Need Trauma-Sensitive Schools (Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative) This video stresses the importance of trauma-sensitive learning environments to support students. Trauma-Informed School Strategies During COVID-19 (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network) This fact sheet offers information on the physical and emotional well-being of staff, creating a trauma-informed learning environment, identifying and assessing traumatic stress, addressing and treating traumatic stress, partnerships with students and families, cultural responsiveness, emergency management and crisis response, and school discipline policies […]

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    3.2 Weave in opportunities for SEL practice and reflection

      COVID-19 E-Learning Free Resources (SEL Providers Council) This searchable library links to SEL provider webpages where they offer free resources and curriculum to support SEL virtually and at home. Strategies for Trauma-Informed Distance Learning (WestEd) This brief offers general strategies and specific examples for how to recognize and respond to students’ social and emotional needs as well as build in trauma-informed practices that will support all students. Tennessee Toolkit for Teachers and Administrators to Incorporate Social and Personal Competencies into Instruction (Tennessee DOE) This toolkit is designed to increase administrator and teacher awareness of the instructional practices that promote SEL. This Time, With Feeling: Integrating Social and Emotional Development and College and Career Readiness Standards (Aspen Institute) This publication […]