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(2/22/21) New A Slice of SEL podcast episode about setting up rules that work for you and your students. Whether it’s bringing rules to a single classroom, co-developing rules with students, sharing rules across a school (e.g., PBIS), they cover it and talk pros and cons of each approach.
(2/15/21) Mindful STOP poster (page 2) added to the Calming Strategies Toolbox. "Mindfulness" might sound fancy or intimidating, like something you have to set aside time to do, but this poster shows how you can have a "mindful moment" — literally a moment. It's simple, easy and could help anyone: students, educators, and families.
(2/15/21) New A Slice of SEL podcast episode where our team shares many examples of how to build students' Responsible Decision Making skills during academic instruction via integrated SEL instruction.
(1/28/21) Added to Universal SEL Toolkit: Equity, Diversity, and Human Rights Lesson Plans A 12-lesson sequence created for secondary students by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Downloadable lesson slides, worksheets, videos, etc. — everything is prepped.
(1/25/21) SAMHSA Treatment Locator added to Mental Health Services page. This allows you to search for mental health providers by ZIP code, city, etc.
(1/18/21) New A Slice of SEL podcast episode about integrated SEL instruction. Our SEL team chats about many examples of how teachers can build students’ self-awareness skills during academic instruction.
(1/14/21) New video: Educator Self-Care Resources on the Cross-District SEL Website. The first 5 minutes explain chronic/toxic stress from a biological perspective and emphasizes that "self-care is not selfish." The second half walks through various resources on the website that are meant to support educators. This video was put together for a training in one of our districts, and it could be used in other districts via a synchronous training, asynchronous email/newsletter push-out, etc.
(1/11/21) New A Slice of SEL podcast episode about empathetic listening techniques (AKA "listening with intention," "compassionate listening," "active listening"). This skill set is foundational — if we want teachers, paraprofessionals, etc. to be able to navigate conversations with students about tough topics, be "support people" for students (or colleagues), have successful 1:1 corrective chats with students, etc. this is a listening skill set they need.
(1/7/21) Two 2-minute videos added to the Challenging Talks page that help parents know how to talk to their children about COVID-related financial stress and coping skills, respectively.
(1/7/21) Added to Universal SEL Toolkit: Top 10 Tips handout and two videos (one for educators and one specific to school-based mental health professionals) all on the subject of supporting students with grief and difficulty adjusting during the pandemic. To access, click the link > open dropdown > look for ★ that indicates COVID-19 specific resources.
(1/7/21) Added to Universal SEL Toolkit: Video added that helps peer leaders know how to respond to peers in distress. To access, click the link > open dropdown > look for ★ that indicates COVID-19 specific resources.
(12/22/20) 'This or That' and 'Sign Off' question templates added to DL Student Engagement page.
(12/22/20) Examples of virtual classroom rules slides added to DL Student Engagement page.
(12/22/20) Breakout room support options template added to DL Student Engagement page.
(12/21/20) Mood Meter Jamboard template added to DL Student Engagement page. Great temperature-check ritual, and because Google now lets you set a Jamboard background, students can't edit/delete the Mood Meter, they can only mark over it.
(12/21/20) Added new "Learning from Home" tip sheet & video to General Parent Support page.
(12/10/20) Tip sheet added to the Challenging Talks page to help parents talk to children about a loved one/important person with a serious medical issue.
(12/9/20) Free self-paced self-care course, Managing Emotions in Times of Uncertainty and Stress, now available. It's designed to help school staff better manage their emotions and create supportive learning environments for students. The course was created by Marc Brackett/Yale University, folks whose work we are big fans of.
(12/1/20) Posters added to the Calming Strategies Toolbox for Practice Gratitude and Focus Your Energy Where It Counts (i.e., Spheres of Control). These are designed to be hung in a learning space (at home or at school), kitchen fridge, adult work space, etc. Anywhere they can remind students/families/educators of these resilience-promoting strategies.
(11/30/20) Video + template added to DL engagement page re: visual hexagonal discussion activity.
(11/18/20) More DL student engagement micro-PD videos+tools added: (A) 5 tips for creating moments of connection w/ students virtually, (B) leave audio feedback on student work, (C) use student interest surveys, and (D) very quickly accomplish community building w/ icebreaker questions.
(11/18/20) Micro-PD video and tools added to DL Student Engagement page re: mood check-in rituals.
(11/17/20) Balance app added to Mobile Apps page. Offering a free one-year trial because of COVID-19. Personalized meditation exercises, and you can choose the length.
(11/15/20) Video added to the Mental Health Services page that explains what it's like to set up and attend your first therapy appointment.
(11/1/20) Video added to the General Parent Support page that explains 9 tips for homework/learning from home.