The application of skills to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
While my title, “Dean of Discipline,” may sound a bit strict and traditional, our school has recently implemented a strategy that is proving to be transformational for teachers and students. Like other high schools around the country, as we have emerged from the pandemic, we have experienced a spike in behavior issues ranging from fighting and insubordination to classroom disruptions and tardiness.
As schools struggle to hire mental health workers, two new federal grants may help—the expanded School-Based Mental Health Services grants and the expanded Mental Health Services Professional Demonstration grants. The priorities for both programs also call for increasing diversity, and cultural and linguistic competency of school-based mental health professions to help reflect the needs of a diverse student population.
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative brings together educators, researchers, and product developers to build tools such as the AlongTeacher–Student Connection Builder that helps teachers differentiate learning experiences equitably and foster strong connections with their students.
Harmony Game Room is a free app for iOS and Android from National University that includes a growing collection of games, tools, and other resources to help children in prekindergarten through grade 6 develop social-emotional learning (SEL) skills while they play.