The nonprofit Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and several other organizations have released guidance to help schools meet the social and emotional needs of students as they return to school after prolonged closures. The 53-page document focuses on five main areas: building relationships between schools and families, supporting teachers, creating a supportive learning environment for students, using data to shape curriculum, and using strategies that support students. The document includes essential questions that principals, teachers, and school leaders should ask as they make plans to reopen schools—for example: How will we connect with students and families whose voices have not traditionally been elevated? How will we ensure clear, consistent, and culturally responsive communication that keeps all staff, students, families, and community partners informed and engaged? How will we use data to identify effective strategies our school will build on this fall to create supportive learning environments and promote social, emotional, and academic learning for all students? The guidelines also recommend steps that school leaders can take to prepare for the fall, centered on each major area.
January 6, 2021, will certainly be a day for the history books. For all teachers grappling with how to address the day’s events with students, this Teaching Idea from Facing History and Ourselves is designed to help guide an initial classroom reflection on the insurrection at the United States Capitol on that day.
Teachers nationwide are considering how to support students who may be traumatized by images of violence at the United States Capitol on January 6. Some school districts are offering counseling services for students, giving them opportunities to share.
The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence has developed a social–emotional learning program called RULER, which teaches students to do daily check-ins, identifying the energy level and pleasantness of their emotions on a color-coded “mood meter.”