Back-to-School: Building Community by Prioritizing Students' Social-Emotional Needs

What does it mean to go back to school this year, after a year of remote\hybrid learning, social, economic and political unrest, and in the uncertainty of an ongoing pandemic? Effective teaching in these times demands that educators prioritize the social-emotional needs of their students and build strong relationships, regardless of whether school starts in person, remotely, or somewhere in between. Before students can focus on what they are being asked to learn and do in the classroom, they must feel safe, connected, and emotionally secure.

In this webinar, we explore teaching strategies and flexible resources designed to help you begin getting to know your students as individuals and facilitating the process of creating an open, supportive, and reflective classroom community. In addition, we model classroom routines that teachers can implement from day one to support effective learning and meaningful engagement with contemporary issues and concerns in your homeroom, advisory, or academic courses.

Materials and resources are designed for middle school and high school level students.

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Two students in conversation with each other.


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Approach / Teaching Strategy

Building Community


Social Studies
ELA/English Language Arts

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