Web-based Program Building Social–Emotional Skills
The Second Step Elementary digital program offers a research-based approach to social–emotional learning (SEL) that allows for consistency from classroom to classroom and easily scales across schools and districts. In teacher-facilitated group settings, students connect with the content, as well as with one another and their teacher, as they build social–emotional skills through a variety of media, activities, and interactive components that provide opportunities for culturally relevant teaching. This digital program includes four units of weekly, age-appropriate lessons for each grade. Each interactive teacher-led unit has five 15- to 30-minute lessons. The last lesson of each unit is a performance task in which students demonstrate evidence of their learning. A complete list of units and weekly lesson topics for kindergarten through grade 5 are posted on the program’s website. Additionally teachers can preview lesson content and media in the lesson presentations, as well as student resources for select lessons.
It has been over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic shut-down school districts nationwide. The U.S. shifted into a state of loss and then grief. Loss of what we thought was stable including income, job security, and daily routines. Loss of over a year’s worth of social plans we had for ourselves including graduation parties, family reunions, and weddings. Plans have been put on hold repeatedly and hearts have felt the heaviness of disappointment non-stop.
For the third consecutive school year, the rhythms of our schools are being disrupted by a global pandemic that has laid bare existing inequities across almost every relevant metric. On September 22, 2021,educators can join a gathering of Harvard University education experts to surface key challenges and concerns—and concrete ideas for addressing them.
Inspirational quotes and food trucks won’t solve burnout, stress, and anxiety. Teachers need information and tools for handling challenges in their personal and professional lives. Pathways to Wellness is a comprehensive, research-based, teacher-first professional development program for preK–12 educators, delivered in a format that works for teachers: self-paced, online, three hours … with a 98% recommendation rate. The program provides a framework for proactively building resilience, gives actionable mental wellness strategies for personal life and the classroom environment, equips educators with language for conflict resolution (with coworkers and students), and delivers high value at a low cost for school communities.