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Educators Focus on Social-Emotional Learning

Jul 31, 2020 at 06:15 am by katecaccavaio

The extent of the impact sudden school closures followed by months of distance-learning during the 2019-2020 school year is not yet fully known, though experts agree that the psychological and educational ramifications of the COVID-19 quarantine will not fully be understood for years to come. Because of this, school leaders are increasingly interested in including social-emotional learning (SEL) into their plans for the next school year.

Social-emotional learning is defined as "the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions" by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). By systematically employing SEL techniques into regular instruction, educators can develop an equitable and participatory learning environment for all students.

BRI’s 2020-2021 Professional Development Catalog includes new and expanded sessions on SEL and maintaining mental health for students and their families. Also included are self-care sessions for school community members as they tirelessly work to navigate the increasingly fluid educational landscape during the pandemic.

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