As the 10th fastest growing county in the U.S., Georgia’s Jackson county regularly adds new schools, colleges, and career centers to its already-robust lineup of educational institutions. When the pandemic hit in March 2020, Jackson County Schools knew that it needed a way to keep its teachers and students connected in the remote-learning space. That's when they turned to 7 Mindsets.
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.