Contributing Editor: Emily Hemingway, Editor-in-Chief
As the school year winds down, this special digest issue reviews what we’ve learned so far this year and the lessons we can take with us into the summer. We looked back at the past six months to see what ideas have captured your interest, what resources have offered you support, and what answers you have been seeking.
Recently, you’ve been asking yourselves three questions: How can I teach the social and emotional skills my students need? How can I intentionally focus on racial equity in my approach to teaching and learning? And finally, how can I take care of myself in a world, and a profession, that demands more and more of my time and energy?
In the pages that follow, we have curated the answers that our authors have offered in some of our most popular articles from the first half of 2021. You’ll learn about the competencies, instructional strategies, and standards that can support explicit SEL instruction in your classroom from experts Chip Wood and Michelle Benson. Ina Pannell-SaintSurin, Jazmine Franklin, and Katie Potter offer approaches and resources for infusing equity practices into all aspects of your teaching. Jane Cofie discusses support for partnering with families, and Anjail Kenyatta and Dr. Joe Tilley leave us with actionable steps we can take to support our own self-care.
We hope the summer months offer you a chance to reflect on this past school year and rebuild your energy and inspiration for the school year to come.