To Create Safe and Healthy Schools During a Pandemic, Prioritize Educator Wellbeing
Educators support complex social and emotional needs of students, often under stressful and demanding conditions. The current COVID-19 pandemic in particular, by closing schools almost overnight, left educators to support students and families under unprecedented conditions of virtual instruction during a global health crisis and staggering rates of unemployment. Educator wellbeing has always been at the core of building a healthy learning community. That is truer now than ever, given all the uncertainty about routines and structures for school year 2020–21.
By supporting educators and students to care about each other and for themselves, using a wide range of strategies associated with social and emotional learning, school mental health, school climate, and other similar initiatives, schools have the opportunity to promote the collective wellness of their school community — even if “school” might be happening remotely or in new hybrid formats. This community of care begins with educators.
This brief introduces the concept of mindfulness, provides examples of mindfulness strategies, and explains the potential, practical benefits for pre-K-12 students and educators.
Integrating Social and Emotional Learning throughout the School System: A Compendium of Resources for District Leaders
This compendium provides resources for district leaders to consider as they seek to implement evidence-based supports to ensure social and emotional learning (SEL) is fully integrated into educational experiences.
- School Climate and Wellness Partnership: Working Together to Support Student and Staff SuccessPositive, inclusive, and healthy schools make success possible for students and teachers. Work with us to design and implement a school climate and wellness improvement plan aimed at strengthening the conditions necessary for effective teaching and learning.
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