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June 2021
Reflecting & Rebuilding: Digest Edition

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.

Read the June 2021 Journal

Past Issues

May 2021
Celebrating Teaching

Contributing Editor: Michelle Gill – Director of Consulting and Certification In this issue, we celebrate the art of teaching. We honor the way educators have braved a worldwide pandemic, myriad online platforms, and in-person, hybrid, and concurrent teaching—all while learning a toolbox of new skills they never asked to become experts in. It was not…

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April 2021
Beyond the Bell

Contributing Editor: Karen Poplawski, Director of Responsive Classroom Programs Chip Wood, a co-founder of the Responsive Classroom approach to education, noted: From its inception, nearly forty years ago, Responsive Classroom practices have centered on the inseparable connections between academic and social learning. The fact of the matter is that how children learn is just as…

Read the April 2021 Journal
March 2021

Contributing Editor: Jazmine Franklin, Director of Fly Five Programs Before you begin reading this issue, find a moment of stillness. Feel your feet on the floor. Roll your shoulders back, and relax your jaw, hands, and the space between your eyes. Think of something that brings you joy. Take three intentional breaths while you focus…

Read the March 2021 Journal
February 2021
The Power of Cooperation

Perhaps no month is more appropriate to consider cooperation than February 2021: two months into the new year, weeks into a new presidency, and days into Black History Month’s 95th celebration. February offers appreciation for other perspectives and the possibility of new beginnings, all growing from the power of cooperation. The C.A.R.E.S. Standards define cooperation…

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January 2021
Two Sides of the Same Coin

In graduate school, while studying education, I remember taking a course titled “Critical Issues in Education.” Certainly, education in the United States has historically seen many critical issues—lack of government funding, class sizes too large, No Child Left Behind, inadequate and harmful disciplinary policies, segregation, standardized testing, poverty, safety issues, and the achievement gap, to…

Read the January 2021 Journal
December 2020
Preparing to Meet New Challenges

Contributing Editor: Emily Hemingway, Director of Publications In this digest edition, we look back at lessons learned in 2020 and ahead to the possibilities of 2021. We start by learning more about the 7,000 educators who make up our SEL Professional Association and then take a look at the most popular articles, downloadable items, and…

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November 2020
Partnering with Families

Contributing Editor: Michelle Gill, Director of Consulting and Certifications The pace of the world, especially over the last eight months, has left little time to pause and reflect. Doing so now can feel almost selfish: “Who am I to stop just to think, when so much is happening and so many people need me?” But…

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October 2020
The Power of Empathy

From altered routines to online instruction, educators have had to navigate profound and unexpected challenges this year. As we continue to adjust while trying to remain present and optimistic, it may prove difficult to know exactly how to show up for students. What can we do to ensure that they are fulfilled, supported, and—most importantly—able to learn? Our answer to this question is straightforward: practice empathy. While empathy can’t stop Zoom from freezing or adapt our lessons to meet this year’s demands, it will remind us that we’re all in this together and that we are all facing similar struggles with personal implications.

Read the October 2020 Journal
September 2020
Social-Emotional Learning and Equity

The year 2020 has forced a spotlight on equity, first with the pandemic and then with cries for social justice. Equity is not the same as equality, which means treating everyone the same and providing the same oppor­tunities and resources. Equity goes beyond that, providing individualized support and addressing the barriers students face based on race, gender, and other factors. Understanding these key differences will allow us to move forward and turn our vision for school communities into reality.

Read the September 2020 Journal
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