This document is designed to help school district teams engage in meaningful and productive conversations about how to use federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act funds to address students’ academic and social-emotional needs in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. It offers considerations, examples of evidence-based strategies, and supporting resources in three critical areas:
- Addressing the academic impact of lost instructional time
- Conducting meaningful family and community engagement
- Providing social-emotional and mental health supports
Students are likely experiencing strong, complex emotions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Simply shifting schedules can feel like a huge disruption in a child’s life. We amassed a few great resources to help parents and teachers support students as they acknowledge and move through confusing feelings.
CASEL is a trusted source for knowledge about high-quality, evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL). Their Collaborative States Initiative provides links to a variety of tools and reports, including this brief which highlights ways state education agencies have developed policies and practices to promote systemic SEL within states and across their districts and schools.
This two-page Policy Outline by the Education Commission of the States is an introduction to trauma-informed practices, as defined in state education policy. Trauma-informed practices intersect with school discipline, student health, educator training, school safety and more. This resource includes examples of current legislation in 10 states.
Like the current of a stream, school climate shapes how adults and students engage in the school community. This REL Northwest infographic depicts 10 schoolwide and classroom-level actions adults can take to ensure all students feel a sense of belonging.
Education Northwest compiled this list of readily available studies and articles on programs and approaches that promote social and emotional learning. These resources can help practitioners learn interventions with a proven track record and support leaders’ decisions on the types of programs to pursue.