How Schools Can Adapt Pandemic Protocols to Support Students’ Mental Health

Two years ago, I had the distinct honor of facilitating a conversation with Lorena Sanabria, a student who was present during the 2017 Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., at a national education conference. As we sat together on stage, Lorena, who was 17 years old at the time but wise far … Read more

Empowering Educators to Transform Schools Through Trauma-Informed Practices

Today’s educators have one of the hardest jobs in the world. On any given day, they are asked to serve not only as teachers, but as coaches, artists, translators, and a host of other roles, as well. This is no surprise to educators who, every day, find that many of their students are struggling with … Read more

How Our Near-Peer Mentoring Model Is Addressing Pandemic Isolation

I felt helpless. In Orange County, Calif., COVID-19 cases were rising exponentially. Local schools had reverted to fully remote learning, restrictions had increased to prevent community spread, and our students and families were experiencing higher levels of COVID-19 infection, food insecurity, housing insecurity and isolation from their peers than had been the case since the … Read more

Exploring the Legacy of the Armenian Genocide, a Virtual Field Trip from Teaching with Testimony

Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day is held annually on April 24th to commemorate the victims of the Armenian Genocide of 1915. Educators can help students understand the impact of this historic tragedy with an all-new Virtual Field Trip from Teaching with Testimony, developed in partnership with the USC Shoah Foundation.  In Identity, Belonging, Legacy: How Testimony Makes Us Stronger Than Hate, take a look back at this often-overlooked … Read more

How Do You Teach in a Pandemic? Focus on Core Values

For many years, I listened regularly to the This I Believe podcast, which showcased people from all walks of life sharing the core values that guide their daily lives. Though it has been off the air for quite some time, I still think back to these stories and their poignant reflections. As a young teacher, … Read more

Students Are Struggling. They’re Asking Us to Slow Down and Focus on Relationships.

A little more than a year ago, I remember sitting in meetings trying to figure out how we might do remote learning for a week or so to contain the novel coronavirus. I cringe now realizing that we were so incredibly short-sighted. Of course, hindsight is often crystal clear. That extended spring break ultimately was … Read more

Resources Empowering Educators to Talk to Students About Mental Health

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, schools have adapted instruction to meet the challenge of continuing students’ education. As the pandemic continues, special attention needs to be paid to students’ mental health. For some students, stress levels may be higher than normal, and mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression may also become … Read more

Educator Voice Is Essential to Meeting Today’s Challenges. Here’s How We’re Highlighting It.

Earlier this month, two education researchers revealed an unsettling (though perhaps unsurprising) truth about today’s educators in an article here on EdSurge. During a professional-development project designed to address complex trauma in students, every participating educator said they’ve experienced secondary traumatic stress as a result of the pandemic. Months later, the same educators continue to … Read more

How These Districts Prioritized Relationships and Social-Emotional Support During the Pandemic

When schools shuttered suddenly more than a year ago, teachers and staff scrambled to recreate their school communities as best they could in a virtual environment. And while teaching and learning is a central component, not to be overlooked are the other, auxiliary experiences: the relationships forged, the support services provided, the social-emotional needs met. … Read more

Discovery Education & Partners Amplify Resources for Social-Emotional Learning

Discovery Education joins communities across the world to celebrate the importance of social-emotional learning by highlighting the new Social-Emotional Learning Center available in its award-winning K-12 learning platform. The Social-Emotional Learning Center presents a curated collection of hundreds of resources designed to support educators as they integrate SEL into core instruction and to help students … Read more