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Change & Connection

December 2021

Change & Connection

Every six months, we pause to review and reflect with a special digest issue. Our most popular articles over the past six months give us an interesting glimpse into what ideas intrigue readers like you, what resources have offered you support, and what answers you have been seeking.

Articles in this Issue

Shifting Gears: How SEL Can Help to Accelerate Learning image
December 2021

Shifting Gears: How SEL Can Help to Accelerate Learning

It’s likely you’ve heard the phrase “learning loss” more in the past few months than you ever have before. While the phrase itself has been around for some time, it…

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December 2021

Mindfulness: Resetting, After Resetting

Educators and student family members will tell you that children who are stressed will not learn, grow, or play well. When children feel unsafe, when things are unpredictable, and when…

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December 2021

Shifting Teacher Language to Communicate Effectively and Respectfully

Recall a time when an educator said something impactful to you. Was it positive or negative? How did it make you feel? Chances are, you not only can recall what…

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December 2021

Sowing the Seeds of Friendship: Ten Ways to Nurture a Friendship-Ready Classroom

In your classroom, students should feel a sense of significance, belonging, and fun— three crucial components for their success in and out of school. Teachers spend a lot of time…

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December 2021

Making Connections With Parents to Ensure Student Success

Adapted from Strengthening the Parent-Teacher Partnership This excerpt is from Jane Cofie’s new book, Strengthening the Parent-Teacher Partnership. This valuable resource offers insights into how effective relationships between home and…

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December 2021

From Our SEL Field Notebook: Thoughts, Emotions and Mathematical Reasoning

A Conversation With Dr. Alison Barnes Learn how to assess a student’s perseverance in mathematical problem-solving by observing their reasoning processes and their movement within these processes from Dr. Alison…

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December 2021

Screen Time and SEL – Pitfalls and Payoffs

In education, there have been many discussions about the pendulum that swings back and forth between the academic domain and the affective domain. Depending on where things stand in society,…

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