The Covid-19 pandemic may be on everyone’s minds right now, but school districts grappled with another pandemic before the virus changed our world. School violence incidents such as the Parkland School shooting were increasing, and students’ physical and mental well-being were at critical levels. New Caney Independent School District, northeast of Houston, Texas, understood that social emotional learning (SEL) and the missed opportunities to identify students with deficits played out in school–specifically in school violence.
The 2021 EdTech Awards has selected 7 Mindsets as a finalist for a 2021 EdTech Trendsetter Award. The proven, research-based social emotional learning (SEL) solution earned the recognition in the “product or service setting a trend” category. The EdTech Awards recognizes people in and around education for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere. The annual program, which is now in its 11th year, is the largest recognition program in all of education technology.
To promote equity in education, it is crucial that educators can meet the needs of students beyond their academic goals, which requires being attuned to students’ diverse backgrounds and unique experiences. When educators build this important cultural competence and become advocates and supporters for students and their communities, schools take one step closer to equity in education.
SELEQUITY™ is an expression that looks at social emotional health, fairness, empathy, and compassion for all humanity through an equity lens. It reinforces the development of feelings, emotions, mindsets, and dispositions of people, both individually and collectively, to provide opportunities for all to grow and thrive, regardless of their circumstances.
As schools pivoted from in-person to remote and blended learning this past year, technology solutions were key to delivering quality, continuous learning. To celebrate the work of technology providers who stepped up to support this effort, Tech & Learning launched “The Best Tools for Remote & Blended Learning,” a new offering in its legacy Awards of Excellence program.
School counselors and the professional organizations that support them have been advocating for appropriate counselor-to-student ratios for years. When the school shootings happened in Florida and then closer to home in Santa Fe ISD in 2018, our state began to take a bigger interest in identifying and addressing potential concerns before they get to the point of school violence. There was a lot of discussion at the state level about what we’re doing to raise awareness in this area.
Three years ago, we implemented an SEL curriculum that’s not only helped students overcome some of life’s natural barriers, but has also given both our teachers and students the mental framework they need in order to achieve high performance both in and out of the classroom. Getting there requires grit, persistence, and resilience, and the ability to push past mental limits to reach new levels of achievement.
Even with the pandemic continuing to impact our mental health, a social emotional learning platform can help the entire school population adopt a healthier, more positive mindset. Let’s face it, we’re all a little burned out on remote learning, hybrid classroom environments, Zoom, and other pandemic-related issues right now. As teachers, students, and parents, we’re all in the same boat as we work to balance the realities of our current situation with the need to keep students engaged, learning, and moving forward.
7 Mindsets, the leader in online social emotional learning (SEL) solutions, today announced the appointment of Dr. Searetha Smith-Collins to the position of chief academic officer, effective immediately. A former elementary school educator, Smith-Collins has held district leader positions in curriculum instruction alignment and accountability. She also has an extensive background in multi-cultural education, equity, and Pre-K-Grade 12 education. In addition, she is a charter member of the National Museum of African American History & Culture.
COVID-19 has caused a great deal of heartache and chaos in 2020, making it sometimes difficult to find the ‘positives’ in everyday life. But if there was a silver lining to be found in education, it was the outpouring of respect, appreciation, and love shown to educators.