Educator Resources

Making Choices: To Wear or Not to Wear Masks in Our School Community offers activities and lessons to support students in discussing their thoughts and feelings about the upcoming change in the mask policy and to encourage respecting individual choices.


Mindful Mondays

Start your week with a mindful intention in order to:

  • Practice the Pause so you can effectively respond.

  • Remind yourself that you are never far from your best resource- your BREATH.

  • To be in community with others requires being in community with yourself and how you show up.

  • Take care of yourself so you can take of others.

Setting the conditions for SEL

  1. Cultivate mindfulness practices to reduce unconscious bias

  2. Cultivate greater awareness of your power and privilege

  3. Create opportunities for people to tell their own stories

Tips for REturning to in-person and concurrent learning:

  • Open with a Healing Circle on the first day back: Access Healing Circle Slide Deck HERE.

  • Prioritize the 3 Rs: Relationships, Routines, and Resilience

    • Practice the 3 SEL Signature Practices (Welcoming/Inclusion, Engaging Strategies, Optimistic Closures) to establish routines and nurture relationships in the classroom.

    • Explicitly teach SEL skills to reinforce resilience so that students can access learning and have the skills to navigate challenging situations in and out of school.

  • Take care of yourself- so you can take care of your students.

  • See the newly updated SCUSD SEL Playbook for practice ideas and lessons you can use right away. Click HERE for the SEL Playbook.

transformative SEL starts with adults

  • Practicing Self-Awareness & Self-Management Skills in order to show up with the best version of yourself

  • Intentionally modeling Social-Awareness & Relationship Skills in order to empathize, collaborate, and embrace differences so you can be in community with others

  • Applying Responsible Decision-Making and Growth Mindset in working through uncomfortable and difficult situations.

Practices that Deepen Adult SEL

Free SEL courses for educators

-"Managing emotions in times of uncertainty and stress" from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence- click HERE to register.

-SEL Courses from Greater Good at Berkeley : Create an Account HERE to access free online courses.

A socially and emotionally safe and welcoming classroom includes: