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Social-Emotional Learning

Note from the editor

Dear readers,

As districts nationwide continue navigating the challenges of reopening for in-person learning, so too does the struggle of weighing additional supports students will need when they re-enter classrooms. Alongside expected learning losses, many will also require extra supports for social-emotional needs, having experienced the trauma of losing loved ones, family financial emergencies, unstable home environments or other factors.

Alongside these mental and emotional health concerns, social-emotional learning has gained traction in recent years as an essential means of helping students develop compassion, empathy, teamwork and other life skills that will benefit them in future career, as well as from a discipline perspective.

To help keep you in the loop, K-12 Dive will keep this page up to date with new social-emotional learning trends and developments throughout the year. Here are some recent highlights from our coverage.

Roger Riddell Editor

Pitting mental health against safety, national leaders point to SEL in school reopening debate

Schools' ability to provide mental health support is taking center stage as some say it's not immediately feasible, while others say there is a middle ground.

Pandemic-induced trauma, stress leading to 'uptick' in SEL need

Students and staff will return to school with collective trauma, higher anxiety levels and more stress after dealing with everything from child abuse and neglect to unemployment and loss of life.

Curricular Counsel: SEL, parent support key to move virtual learning forward

Gwinnett County Public Schools' Clay Hunter says teachers must build trust and culture by understanding students' feelings and burdens.

Survey: Children's loss of social ties, learning are parents' top closure concerns

A desire for more regular contact with children’s teachers is also a recurring theme across multiple surveys.

Triaging trauma: Community schools tap partners to address needs made worse by COVID-19

Leaders say this crisis "makes the case" for the community school model, but with state revenues falling, funding for expansion is unlikely.

5 ways schools are addressing pandemic-induced mental health issues

Schools are strengthening student-parent-school relationships and improving mental health response coordination in reaction to COVID-19's toll on students and staff.

The role of social-emotional learning in re-opening schools

As districts nationwide prepare for reopening and in-person learning, schools are preparing additional support that students might need to re-enter classrooms. Alongside expected learning losses and knowledge gaps, many will also require extra supports for social-emotional needs to make the adjustment.

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  • 5 ways schools are addressing pandemic-induced mental health issues
  • Children's loss of social ties, learning are parents' top closure concerns
  • Pitting mental health against safety, national leaders point to SEL in school reopening debate
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