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October 2020 – The Power of Empathy
Empathy is one of the five social and emotional learning competencies students need to develop in order to be successful in and out of school. In this issue, we will explore different types of empathy, like cognitive, affective, and compassionate empathy, as well as the role that empathy plays in bullying – for the bully and the one being bullied.
November 2020 – Working With Parents
We know that partnering with families—knowing them and valuing their contributions—is as important as knowing the children we teach. In this issue, we will focus on ways that families support social and emotional learning both in school and at home. Stories of staff forging strong connections with families, examples of school families going above and beyond to ensure student success, or successful practices in creating the home-school connection are welcomed.
January 2021 – Two Sides of the Same Coin
Social and emotional skills must be taught, just like academic skills. Taking time during the school day to teach cooperation, assertiveness, responsibility, empathy, and self-control means that students will have purposeful opportunities to develop and grow their competency. This issue will explore the explicit teaching of SEL skills in both virtual and in-person classroom environments.
February 2021 – The Power of Cooperation
We know that cooperation—how we work together as adults—is as important as our individual contribution or competence. Articles that showcase how adults are working together to create safe, joyful, and inclusive classrooms and school communities and how this collaborative work can help address equity issues are welcomed. This issue will also focus on the importance of students and adults building and maintaining positive relationships and how having the ability to make and keep friends is a vital SEL skill needed to be a contributing member of the classroom and school community and beyond.
March 2021 – Mindfulness
People experience overwhelming thoughts and emotions at any age and at any stage of their lives. In this issue, we will explore how mindfulness principles and practices can help individuals manage overwhelming thoughts, and develop both resilience and self-awareness.
April 2021 – SEL Beyond the Bell
Children learn each day on the bus on the way to school, as well as in school hallways and their classrooms; on the playground, as well as in the science or computer lab. The life and function of schools go far beyond the set hours of the school day. In this issue, we will explore the ways social and emotional learning impacts schools beyond the bell.
May 2021 – Celebrating Teaching
Teachers working together to create a safe, joyful, and inclusive school environment is as important as their individual contribution or competence. To celebrate and honor the art of teaching, we will focus on how teachers have supported one another, and their students, to create optimal learning environments in schools around the world. Articles will focus on how teachers have created space for students to learn, the legacies experienced teachers leave, how good teachers become great, and the adaptations teachers have made to ensure success for all students.