Use these Classroom Shared Agreements (and other lesson plans) from CASEL to create time to build the relationships that encourages learners to feel a sense of community- that they are “in this together”.
An article outlining results from a recent poll of college students highlighting effects of COVID on college and career readiness.
Share The COVID-19: Resilient Educator Toolkit from Resilient Educator with teachers and staff. The toolkit equips teachers with actionable strategies and advice to use immediately for themselves and in working with and supporting children, parents and families during these difficult times
Emotional wellness is the ability to successfully handle life’s stresses and adapt to change and difficult times. Download this NIH Emotional Wellness Checklist which highlights evidence-based tips for living well and improving your mental health and emotional wellness. Share this practical tool with staff at the district and school level.
To take the topic to the classroom level, share 6 Ways to Embed Mental Wellness into Classroom Culture for High School Students. The article from EVERFI offers practical advice and activities to help teachers address mental health in the classroom culture.
Read and share Why Schools Need to Normalize and Prioritize Students’ Mental Health, an article from Teach for America, for insights into mental health for students from low-income households and guidance on how educational leaders can better address their needs at the school and district level.
Incorporate elements of identify-safe learning experiences that promote student achievement and attachment to school. To learn more about these practices, download Educating the whole child: Improving school climate to support student success, by Linda Darling-Hammond and Channa Cook-Harvey
Access Healing, Community, and Humanity: How students and Teachers Want to Reinvent Schools Post-COVID from Teaching Systems Lab. It provides a toolkit (pages 23-30) and guidance on how to implement four reflection protocols with your school communities.
Maximize opportunities and resources provided by the USDA, including new flexibilities allowed to meet school needs. • Access the Interactive Food Buying Guide • Watch this video on the School Nutrition and Cost Study • Download Offer versus Serve materials
Read this Edutopia article for language ideas and inspiration. The author combed through teacher comments and articles by experienced educators to identify phrases that empower learners and create a supportive environment.