Reflecting & Rebuilding: Digest Edition

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.

Articles in this Issue

Learning Together: Connecting With Students, Community, and Each Other image
June 2021

Learning Together: Connecting With Students, Community, and Each Other

Our most popular social media posts and articles so far in 2021 make it clear how much time and effort our followers invest in connecting with their students, building trusting…

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June 2021

Child Development and SEL

Early research conducted for Responsive Classroom began in 1985 by Stephen N. Elliott and was based on the C.A.R.E.S. skills he created with Frank Gresham (Elliott, 1993; Gresham & Elliott,…

Making Time to Teach SEL Skills Using SEL Strategies image
June 2021

Making Time to Teach SEL Skills Using SEL Strategies

The author would like to thank the following educators for providing their insights during the writing of this article: Jennifer Book, second grade teacher, McLauchlin Elementary School, Raeford, NC Shera…

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June 2021

Setting the Standard for SEL

The C.A.R.E.S. standards . . . help students learn the skills that we know will create the conditions for success in school and outside of school. In 1983, the U.S.…

Social-Emotional Learning Strategies With a Focus on Racial Equity image
June 2021

Social-Emotional Learning Strategies With a Focus on Racial Equity

Since March 2020, we have been living with an increased sense of instability, uncertainty, and confusion as our lives changed significantly with the emergence of a global pandemic. Positioned in…

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June 2021

Equity and Mindfulness

Culturally Responsive Mindfulness: Strategies for Teachers and Students With all of the challenges and changes our schools and educational communities have faced since March 2020, it might be difficult to…

Social-Emotional Learning & Diverse Books: One Cannot Exist Without the Other image
June 2021

Social-Emotional Learning & Diverse Books: One Cannot Exist Without the Other

As teachers, we know how difficult it is to explain and define emotions in concrete terms. A situation arises and we grapple with how best to approach it with the…

Parent-Teacher Cooperation and Student Success with Jane Cofie image
June 2021

Parent-Teacher Cooperation and Student Success with Jane Cofie

How important is cooperation in creating effective collaboration between teachers and parents? Jane Cofie: Cooperation is a key component in an effective partnership between teachers and parents. It begins with…

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June 2021

Mindfulness for Educators

There’s no question that educators face stress in many different forms. From managing online classroom dynamics to figuring out how to delineate between working from home and living at home,…

Don’t Take It Home: Creating a Healthy Work-Life Balance image
June 2021

Don’t Take It Home: Creating a Healthy Work-Life Balance

Teaching can be stressful. Over the last year, with the addition of virtual classrooms, hybrid classrooms, and socially distanced classrooms, teaching became even more stressful. Before the pandemic, teachers worked…

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