Disruption is the operative word these days when talking about school. COVID-19 has changed education’s landscape–and stressed out students. They are negotiating lots of uncertainty while navigating a different way of learning, all of which affect their overall well-being. Social and emotional learning (SEL) can play a valuable role here—building SEL skills can help students process uncertainty and changes.

In a recent edWebinar sponsored by the FastBridge Assessment System by Illuminate Education, Gregory Fabiano, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Florida International University, shared instructional and learning strategies that strengthen students’ behavioral and SEL skills so they can feel secure and cope during tumultuous times.

The “new normal” of learning

If ever a time called for innovative instruction, it would be now. Teachers have to balance student wellness with academic success in shifting learning environments. Maybe students are fully remote or have ventured back into the classroom with a range of restrictions. Or perhaps the approach is a blended one.

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Promoting SEL skills and positive behavior across learning environments, explained Dr. Fabiano, involves three tiers of interventions to support students at their unique levels of need. He centered on Tier 1 (universal interventions) to help every student reduce mental health impairment caused by profound stressors, like COVID-19.

About the Author:

Michele Israel writes about the ideas and best practices that are shared in edWeb’s edWebinars so they can spread innovative and best practices to the education community. Michele owns Michele Israel Consulting, LLC, which serves large and small educational, nonprofit, media, corporate, eLearning, and blended-learning organizations to bolster products and programs. Her rich career spans over 25 years of successfully developing educational materials and resources, designing and facilitating training, generating communication materials and grant proposals, and assisting in organizational and program development. In addition to lesson plans and other teacher resources, Michele’s portfolio includes published articles covering a range of educational and business topics.


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