As the 2021-22 academic year gets underway, social emotional learning (SEL) is considered essential to recovering from the past 18 months and reacclimating to physical school environments. 7 Mindsets, the leader in online social emotional learning (SEL) solutions, has published a new guide, “How to Use Funds from the American Rescue Plan Act for PK – 12 Social Emotional Learning.” The guide explains how to make the most of the American Rescue Act (ARP) federal stimulus funding for SEL.
If the global pandemic and school shutdowns taught us anything, it’s that we may have been taking teacher-student and student-student connections for granted pre-COVID. After all, with most or all students experiencing in-classroom learning, bonds, connections, and relationships are just bound to happen naturally. Even with students “connecting” virtually during the pandemic, it quickly became clear that we needed to do more to cultivate connections both in the remote setting and–once it was safe–in the classroom. With social emotional learning (SEL) becoming an increasingly important focal point for many districts, it made sense for us to build up this aspect of our educational offering.
All teachers know that educational success comes from strong connections between themselves and their students. Thanks to an increased focus on social emotional learning, educators also realize that creating a safe, nurturing environment also means helping students recognize and manage their emotions; care for others; and, form positive relationships and make responsible decisions.
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.
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.
Lupita Knittel believes that before we get back normal, whatever that is, education needs to build a new foundation. Forget curricula and assessments, and metrics, the importance of emotional health, for both students and teachers, needs to be the new priority. On this episode of EdTech Today, host Kevin Hogan sits down with Knittel to gain insight into how Social Emotional Learning is set to become a big part of education’s future.
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.
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.