This Month in SEL [June 2020]
A curation of the top SEL headlines, research & insights from June.
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This month in SEL: America’s Promise Alliance spotlights the voices of over 100 students on their experiences with social-emotional learning, CFC and CASEL partner to review state COVID-19 responses related to SEL, Panorama Education releases a new set of free surveys to help districts incorporate educator and family feedback into school reopening plans… and more!
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All of Who I Am: Perspectives from Young People About Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Learning
Published by America's Promise Alliance, All of Who I Am features insights from a qualitative study of over 100 students who describe their experiences with the integration of social, emotional, and cognitive development in exemplar learning settings across the country.
CASEL and CFC Collaborate to Review State COVID-19 Responses Related to SEL
Earlier this month, CASEL and Committee for Children released “From Response to Reopening: State Efforts to Elevate Social and Emotional Learning During the Pandemic.” The report is based on a review of 37 state COVID-19 responses related to SEL and identifies six recommendations for states to continue their support of SEL as schools transition to the summer and prepare for the fall.
Planning for a Brighter Future After COVID-19
The Rennie Center's Back-to-School Blueprint is an interactive series of research-based, online action guides to help schools prepare to reopen. The report aims to help schools implement practices that will not only address the pressing issues facing our students right now, but also become building blocks for a more supportive, equitable, and high-performing system in general.
The Blueprint includes several action guides, which feature a series of priority practices for educators to keep in mind as they plan for the future along with a list of action steps to implement the practice. They also include research, videos, and other key resources educators can use related to topics such as:
Helping students heal from trauma;
Accessing grade-level content, and;
Accessing essential services.
NEW: Free School Reopening Surveys
Following coronavirus (COVID-19) school closures, schools and districts are working quickly to plan for the upcoming school year.
Will students return to school buildings with strict social distancing measures? Will online learning or distance learning continue through the fall? Will schools use a hybrid learning model to reduce class sizes and prevent coronavirus cases?
To help districts better understand stakeholder voices, Panorama Education's team released a new set of school reopening surveys. The surveys cover key topics including instructional preferences, student supports, staff professional needs, and social-emotional well-being.
U.S. Pediatricians Call For In-Person School This Fall
The nation's pediatricians have come out with a strong statement in favor of bringing children back to the classroom this fall wherever and whenever they can do so safely. The American Academy of Pediatrics' guidance "strongly advocates that all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school." The guidance says "schools are fundamental to child and adolescent development and well-being."