Social Emotional Learning During the Pandemic

As students begin to return to the classroom, both virtually and in-person, schools are making plans for social-emotional support for the upcoming year. After extended school breaks, economic insecurity, fear of the virus, and possible loss of a family member due to COVID-19, the 2020-2021 school year will need to begin with extra support services and resources for both students and staff.

Many schools are choosing to start this new year by providing extensive SEL support in lieu of evaluating where students are academically. The Ithaca City School District Superintendent believes "there will be a time and place" for learning loss due to the extended closures, choosing to "reestablish the community instead of putting tests in front of them." We are now seeing schools placing the need for relationship building and rebuilding ahead of jumping headfirst into instruction.

However, planning for social-emotional support will be tricky. A new guide on reopening schools developed by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) offers a roadmap for school leaders as students transition post-COVID closures. While this guide is extensive each district will find its own challenges to navigate. These SEL plans will vary in approach, but one thing is clear: student social and emotional well-being needs to be forefront in 2020 education.

As publishers look for new ways of supporting education during a pandemic, EdGate can help align your educational content to SEL standards. Our standards for all US states are diligently monitored and we continuously add new SEL standards as they become available.

By: Sharla Schuller
Marketing Manager