Back to School: Building Community for Connection and Learning

Teachers and students are returning to the classroom this fall after a year of remarkable challenges and disruptions. While educators may be feeling pressured to jump right into instruction, nurturing community, building relationships, and supporting students’ social-emotional needs first will provide the essential foundation before introducing academic content.

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Students will return with widely varied experiences with the traumas and disruptions that have occurred in the last school year. Use these reflection prompts and strategies to help you center relationships and care in your teaching.

Choose from this collection of short, flexible activities to reorient students to school, help them get to know each other and build relationships, and create classroom community.

Routines are a key strategy for creating calm, continuity, and predictability throughout the school year.

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Coming of Age in a Complex World offers a modular collection of resources designed to help educators create a coming-of-age unit that integrates culturally responsive teaching practices, social-emotional learning, and civic education.

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