The Value of Stability

By now, a large number of educators have returned to their classrooms. But have we returned to normal? Not really. The toll on students’ and educators’ mental health and social-emotional needs continues to grow. Burnout and coronavirus anxiety are still surging after a high-stress year of virtual learning. At the ….

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School Climate

Improving the School Experience for All Students When the American learning environment looks different than any of us expected, what can educators and staff do to improve the school climate? What is the school climate? Like other kinds of environments, a school climate is all the elements that make up ….

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Supporting Student Well-Being

One of my roles in my district is to serve as a sponsor and facilitator for a student advisory committee to the superintendent to support student well-being. Each high school selects a delegation to represent the voice of their school’s student body on topics of interest identified by district leadership. ….

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Mental Health Wins for Schools

Mental health and public schools At the end of February, President Biden spoke in his State of the Union Address about the value of mental health resources in schools. In addition, Biden announced that he would be implementing a strategy to aid the overall mental health crisis in America. This is a ….

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Students, Staff, and Swiss Cheese?

Teresa Tate My district’s problems could be compared to a slice of swiss cheese. There are many problems, and some problems may appear to be the larger holes while other problems appear much smaller. Concerns include behavior, absenteeism, gaps in learning, lack of substitutes, teacher recruitment, distrust, and overall educator ….

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SEL Programs – PBIS, etc.

The value of SEL According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), SEL is “the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and ….

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