We know many educators, students, and their families are experiencing stress and anxiety—for some quite severe. From a learning perspective, this stress forces the brain to operate in a state of near constant engagement, negatively affecting the brain’s ability to manage stress, and diminishing its capacity to be creative, learn new skills, and think outside the box. What’s worse, this is the time when we need those skills most.
CEI engaged participating districts in a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) framework designed to support schools in planning for re-entering school in Fall 2020, regardless of when or exactly how that happens. The work conducted by this collaboration has been gathered into a toolkit, designed to serve as guidance for school districts and communities. The toolkit includes examples of how districts are bringing this framework to life through strategies to support educators, families, and students.