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Embracing Change

September 2021

Embracing Change

Students experience transitions every day. Some are as straightforward as moving from recess to instructional time or school to home, while others are more complex, like starting a new school, entering a new grade level, or shifting to fully in-person learning for the first time in more than a year. What makes times of transition challenging? How can we best support our students in navigating change? In this issue, we offer strategies for finding social and emotional growth in times of change.

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September 2021

Embracing Uncertainties

There is an old joke: “Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.” The events of the past year have proven that change is indeed inevitable. Beginning in March 2020,…

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September 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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September 2021

Reconnecting: Helping Students Maintain Their Friendships

Over the course of the last year, it’s likely that the nature of students’ friendships has changed. People have smaller social networks than they had before the pandemic, and some…

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September 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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September 2021

Building a Successful Learning Community in the First Weeks of School

The first weeks of school offer educators the powerful opportunity to support students through the transition back to school and set them up for a successful year of learning and…

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September 2021

Leading the Way

What is something (preferably related to social and emotional learning) you are changing or doing differently in your school this year? Debra Berndt: We will be returning to the practice…

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