Carmen Sandiego is on a new mission: traveling the world to help the next generation of global citizens build valuable social–emotional skills. Students can journey with Carmen in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s new web series, Fearless Kids Around the World, and meet young heroes working to do good with bravery, resilience, and kindness. Each episode in the series is paired with social–emotional learning activities following the CASEL framework to build competence in responsible decision-making, self-awareness, relationship skills, social awareness, and self-management. Hailing from six different continents, these heroes protect the environment and wildlife, empower youth with learning differences, speak out against bullying, and more. Each young person’s episode and accompanying lesson plan are available for free online.
On the laundry list of skills and content areas teachers have to cover, creativity doesn’t traditionally get top billing. It’s usually lumped together with other soft skills like communication and collaboration: Great to have, though not as important as reading or long division.
But research is showing that creativity isn’t just great to have. It’s an essential human skill — perhaps even an evolutionary imperative in our technology-driven world.
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.
Salesforce has announced Work.com for Schools to help school administrators make data-driven decisions on when and how to return to campus safely, facilitate communication between teachers and families at scale, and support students remotely.