Resources for Districts

This resource collection provides resources for district leaders for developing students’ social-emotional and behavioral skills in the home while they engage in remote learning.

  • How Can Educators and Families Support Students’ Mental Health and Social Emotional Needs? This resource from the REL Northeast & Islands addresses frequently asked questions (FAQs) about how States and districts can support educators and families to provide mental health and social emotional services to students in need.
  • Strategies for Districts to Support Self-Care for Educators during the COVID-19 Pandemic. In this webinar from REL West, the Region 15 Comprehensive Centers and featuring Center for Social Emotional Learning and School Safety (SEL Center) Director Natalie Walrond, presenters share practical information and guidance backed by research to help school staff cope with the stresses of school closures, service provision, and quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A recording of the webinar is available here.
  • 10 Tips for Teaching the Psychological First Aid Model for K-12 Education Agencies. This tip sheet from the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) TA Center provides 10 tips for educators and school personnel to support implementation of Psychological First Aid (PFA) before, during, and after emergency events. PFA is designed to reduce the initial distress and trauma caused by emergencies, and to help students return to their usual school-based activities after such an event.
  • Key Elements of Policies to Address Discipline Disproportionality: A Guide for District and School Teams. This guide from the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Center is designed primarily for use by district teams seeking to reduce racial and ethnic disproportionality in school discipline, regardless of whether they are implementing SWPBIS. It provides examples of content that could be included in board policies or district administrative rules and regulations. School teams may also use this guide in developing school- specific policies and procedures. This guide is not intended to replace legal counsel for policies required by local, state, and federal legislation.
  • Continuity of Learning: Resources to Support Social Emotional Learning. This resource compilation curated by the National Comprehensive Center features resources to support SEAs, LEAs, and school leaders in the important work of supporting social emotional for learning as students learn from home.
  • Continuity of Learning: Resources for Trauma-Informed Practices. Trauma-Informed Practices (TIPs) are procedures or policies that integrate an understanding of biological, psychological, and social consequences of trauma and toxic stress to reduce their negative effects on students, staff, and the school system. This collection curated by the National Comprehensive Center features resources to support SEAs, LEAs, and school administrators during COVID-19.
  • Better Together: A Coordinated Response for Principals and District Leaders. This brief published by the National Comprehensive Center for school and district leadership presents strategies, research and a structured approach to manage and support the social-emotional well-being of adults in the school building as well as the families and students they serve post COVID-19 closures.
  • Integrating Social and Emotional Learning throughout the School System: A Compendium of Resources for District Leaders. This compendium from the Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety  provides resources for district and school leaders to consider as they seek to implement evidence-based supports to ensure social and emotional learning (SEL) is fully integrated into the educational experience of their students, families, staff, and community.
  • Leveraging This Moment to Improve Schools and Systems through the Lenses of SEL, Trauma-Informed Practices, and Anti-Racist Education. This recorded webinar by Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety (CISELSS)  presents a panel of experts in youth development, trauma-informed practices, and school-based law enforcement to discuss challenges and opportunities to improve schools and school systems through the lenses of social and emotional learning, trauma-informed practices, and anti-racism.
  • Strategies for Educators to Support the Social and Emotional Needs of Students Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Demand for Racial Justice: Plans for Reopening Schools. This recorded webinar by the Regional Educational Laboratory West for school and district leaders provide evidence-based information about social and emotional competencies that educators can use to rebuild conditions of success for students. Using a trauma-informed lens, strategies addressed: Creating safe and supportive school environments; Promoting family and community communication and collaboration; and Fostering collective care.

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