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Social-Emotional Learning

The application of skills to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

Sep 15, 2021

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Back to School: Moving Forward from Here

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.

3 Gifts from the Pandemic

Sep 10, 2021

Blog

3 Gifts of Grief from the Pandemic

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.

Sep 01, 2021

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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.

Sep 01, 2021

Entry

Field of Flags Honoring Lives Lost to COVID-19

From September 17 to October 3, 2021, the National Mall in Washington, DC, will be covered by more than 620,000 white flags, each about a foot tall, representing the American lives lost to COVID-19 and holding written memories from loved ones. Visitors will be invited to personalize flags for some they have lost. The installation will also have a virtual component.

Aug 20, 2021

Blog

The Importance of Reflection in Teaching

If this past year taught us anything, it was to pause. The year had many stops, whether it was transitioning from remote to in-person or hybrid learning (or back to remote) or required quarantine.

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