By making the time to build the relationships that allow learners to feel a sense of community- that they are “in this together”- teachers create a safer, more equitable environment where all students participate and achieve.
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A supportive and equitable environment in all classrooms serves as a platform for all academic, social and emotional learning. At the core of a supportive classroom is a caring, engaging teacher who establishes authentic trusting relationships with each student.
When teachers build the structures that support belonging and emotional safety, they lay the groundwork for students to focus on learning (Sergiovanni, 1994 in Darling-Hammond et al., 2017).
Create a stable budget for SEL resources, professional learning, and staffing to support the sustainability of SEL efforts.
Review your current level of implementation, identify needs and resources, set goals, and develop concrete action steps for SEL implementation.
Academic mindsets are beliefs or ways of perceiving oneself in relation to learning, and lay the groundwork for deep academic, social and emotional learning.
Support staff in cultivating personal social and emotional competencies and fostering the competencies of peers and students.
Foster supportive classroom environments that engage in explicit SEL and integrate SEL throughout instruction.
Social and emotional competencies serve as a foundation for achieving academic goals, while academic instruction also provides a ripe opportunity for teaching and practicing SEL.