Whether your school district has reopened or is beginning to implement remote instruction this school year, we rounded-up here some helpful tips and guidelines from CCSSO, CASEL, Attendance Works, AASA, Teacher Task Force, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children focused on best practices for operations, instruction, social-emotional learning, and family engagement.
Restart and Recovery: Considerations for Teaching and Learning
This resource from CCSSO aims to help districts make decisions about operations, instruction, and social-emotional learning while delivering on their promise to ensure an excellent, equitable education for all students.
Reunite, Renew and Thrive: SEL Roadmap for Reopening School
CASEL created this social-emotional learning roadmap to help school leadership strengthen their existing efforts around community-building, school climate improvement, student well-being and mental health, trauma-responsive learning environments, restorative practices, and social and emotional competency development.
Present, Engaged and Supported: A Guide to Planning Transitions to School
This guide from Attendance Works helps district leaders develop data-informed back-to-school transition plans that supports student and family engagement, especially for students who lost out on significant learning opportunities due to COVID-19.
Guidelines for Reopening Schools
The School Superintendents Association (AASA) COVID-19 Recovery Task Force, made up of superintendents and thought leaders in public education, identified ten priority areas to generate guiding principles and action steps for district leaders to consider as they approach reopening.
Supporting teachers in back-to-school efforts
This toolkit from Teacher Task Force was designed for school leaders to support and protect teachers and education support staff, and provides key dimensions for ensuring a safe, healthy, and inclusive learning environment.
Pillars of Peace: Tips for Peacemaking in the Early Childhood Classroom
The National Association for the Education of Young Children offers a list of tips for early childhood educators to help foster important social skills such as curiosity, self-awareness, and problem-solving in the classroom.
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