Schools are trying to plan for the upcoming academic year during a pandemic, economic recession, and national protests over police killings of Black Americans. The confluence of these seismic challenges makes developing students’ social and emotional skills critical to their academic fortunes, says a new guide on reopening schools developed by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, or CASEL, and 40 other education groups, including professional associations and influential philanthropies.
The guide lays out what schools need to do to respond comprehensively to the myriad challenges that students are facing, which include missed milestones, economic instability, racism, institutional bias, and even the death of loved ones.
CASEL urges school leaders to put social and emotional supports—for both students and staff—at the center of their reopening plans.
EdWeek has created a curated list of reopening guides you can find here.