#AskExcelinEd About Social and Emotional Learning amid COVID-19


Schools are empty, and houses are full of newly-minted remote workers and home-based learners. The social and emotional learning resources below can help families and educators navigate the coming weeks together—and make important personal growth that will provide lifelong benefits.

The brief Creating Cultures of Care: Supporting the Whole Child through Trauma-Informed Practice from America’s Promise shows how trauma-informed approaches complement positive youth development.

CASEL offers concrete suggestions for district leaders as they build out their response plans as well as teachers and parents who are concerned about meeting their children’s and their own, social and emotional needs during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The CDC offers tips on managing anxiety and stress related to COVID-19.

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative explores the need to take an asset-based approach to mental health that infuses teaching of mental health skills into schools with the same intention and rigor we give to academic skills.

Use daily social-emotional learning lessons from Collaborative Learning Solutions to build emotional intelligence and resilience.

Crisis Text Line counselors are available 24/7 to connect about anxiety related to COVID-19, isolation and other concerns.

Education Week identifies ways to teach social and emotional learning when students aren’t in school.

InsideSEL has compiled an extensive list of resources, blog posts and guides to help parents, educators and school communities navigate this uncertain time.

Microsoft’s Forms template can help teachers regularly check each remote learner’s emotions and wellbeing.

The Mississippi DOE shares PreK-12 resources for social and emotional learning at home.

My Frameworks has collected social and emotional learning activities and resources for families and educators.

PBS KIDS explains how to talk to your kids about coronavirus.

Pure Edge, Inc. is providing resources—such as a mini unit on the neuroscience of stress and their popular brain break videos—to help support learners’ well being. All the videos are also accessible with voice over and subtitles in English and Spanish.

Sanford Harmony provides a suite of units and tools that can be used at home to foster and support social, emotional and cognitive skills.

Turnaround for Children shares ways to create physical and emotional safety for children as well as 7 tips for adults to reassure children.

WestEd’s Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety has compiled resources to support states, districts, and schools as they serve students throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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