As educators make plans to reopen schools, many believe that job #1 is to “return to normal” as quickly as possible and “catch up” on lost instructional time. Current data and research strongly suggest that doing that will be a miscalculation, as it fails to address and provide the social and emotional safety net that students need in order to fully re-engage in learning. In these times of such uncertainty and change, the words of educator Madeline Hunter hit the mark: “Students don’t care what we know, until they know we care”.
In this session, we’ll provide a roadmap for building and implementing a best practices “30 Day SEL Plan”. This plan is not an initiative or a new program. It is a common sense approach that promotes connection as the most effective value and behavior for meeting the needs of students and gaining the buy-in from school and community stakeholders. Attendees will participate in small group discussions via breakout rooms during the session and have access to resources and activities that can easily be implemented within the structure and flow of the school day.
Committing to this plan will support staff and assist students in feeling connected, safe, cared for and heard – all prerequisites for their successful transition back into the learning environments.
Rick Phillips, Founder & Senior Advisor, Community Matters
Keith Hickman, International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) Executive Director of Collective Impact