We are excited to announce the upcoming release of our SEL Integration Approach Educator & Leader Self-Reflection Tools: October 14th!
This year we are hearing, from educators and leaders across the country, that regardless of your years of experiences, everyone feels like it is their first year! With endless changes happening to the ways in which we “do school,” it is critical to take the time to stop and reflect. Educators consistently ask students to reflect on their thinking and actions, their process and final products. Our upcoming tools aim to support educators and school leaders in that same sort of reflection.
As so much of the current focus is on addressing the social-emotional needs of the students and staff in school communities, educators and leaders are working to integrate SEL into their classrooms and schools, be it in-person or virtual. Making space to reflect on these integration practices is key. Our latest resources, the Educator and School Leader Self-Reflection Tools, are aligned with our SEL Integration Approach and the corresponding Companion Guides. These tools will support practitioners in engaging in intentional reflection and action planning.
As everyone embarks on a year of firsts, we aim to support practitioners in pausing and processing so that they can best serve students, staff, and families. Be on the lookout for our next newsletter and follow along on Twitter to catch the release of these additional resources!
Social and Emotional Learning Coaching Series Guide (Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands, 9/1/20)
This document guides practitioners through a five-session coaching series on how to use the SEL research literature to identify evidence-based SEL interventions to implement in their districts. The materials are based on five virtual coaching sessions coaching that REL Northeast & Islands provided to Massachusetts school district leaders over a period of one year. The slide presentation, exercises, and worksheets have been adapted to meet the needs of self-guided learners.
Responding to Crisis Within a Tiered Supports System (Turnaround for Children, September 2020)
This new action pack—a grab-and-go collection of tools and resources— was created to help schools address the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustice and economic uncertainty. The crisis component of a tiered support system allows for students who are experiencing disruptions in their health, mood, behavior and/or skill development to receive individualized support immediately.
What Drives Learning: Young People’s Perspectives on the Importance of Relationships, Belonging, & Agency (America’s Promise, 9/23/20)
This new report in the How Learning Happens research series is based on findings from a nationally representative survey of 3,300 high school students. The report provides insight into young people’s perceptions of the conditions that support their social, emotional, and cognitive learning and development. What Drives Learning highlights the effect that supportive relationships, a sense of belonging, and feelings of agency can have on students’ self-reported engagement and learning in school.
Free Webinar: Restarting and Reinventing School for Equitable and Empowering Learning
Learning Policy Institute
Oct 6, 2020 | 2:30PM EST
This webinar features education and civil rights leaders who will discuss how policymakers, educators, and advocates can seize this moment to rethink school in ways that can transform learning experiences and close opportunity and achievement gaps. The webinar will highlight a recent Learning Policy Institute report, “Restarting and Reinventing School: Learning in the Time of COVID and Beyond,” that provides research, state and local examples, and policy recommendations in 10 key areas.
Research Institute for
Learning and Development
Oct 8-10, 2020 | Virtual
This conference will address the close connections between executive functions, stress, persistence, and school performance. Presentations will focus on the connections between research, clinical practice, and teaching. There will be an emphasis on executive function strategies that benefit all students from K-12 to college and span reading, writing, math, and content area subjects. TransformEd’s Sara Krachman will be presenting on “integrating social-emotional development with academics.”