With the continued uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, the student learning experience has been in flux, creating a state of constant change for students, teachers, and the community. From masks and distancing to various guidelines in different states, school still looks different in most states. Teaching still looks different. Learning looks different.
While we all have different reactions to these changes, it’s imperative that school and district leaders continue to prioritize mental health and wellness within their communities, while simultaneously prioritizing self-care. Addressing the social and emotional needs of students and staff members has always been a pillar to success. However, with heightened fear and anxiety due to the pandemic, many districts recognize that these embedded experiences are no longer “nice to have”; they are an essential part of each school day.
- Alejandro Diasgranados, Elementary Teacher, District of Columbia Public Schools (DC) (@ThatDCTeacher)
- Zandra Jo Galvan, Superintendent, Greenfield Union School District (CA) (@zjgalvan)
- Leah Juelke, High School Teacher, Fargo Public Schools (ND) (@ndtoy2018)
- Thomas C. Murray, Director of Innovation, Future Ready Schools (@thomascmurray)