SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING FOR
DISTANCE LEARNING AND BEYOND
The pandemic and current racial injustices have greatly impacted our community’s sense of safety, socially and emotionally, sense of connectedness, and mental well-being. The daily stressors of social distancing and health anxieties impact ALL of us. As we return to school, and especially as we continue to deliver learning from a distance, we can mitigate the impact of current events with an explicit and intentional focus on Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Prioritizing SEL during distance learning means establishing positive relationships with all students, building socially and emotionally safe virtual communities where students feel a sense of belonging, and regularly teaching SEL Skills to ensure student access to core academic content. When we lead with SEL, students thrive.