Educators can help fortify students in challenging times by helping them build strong SEL skills

6 actionable strategies to support SEL skills

Educators can help fortify students in challenging times by helping them build strong SEL skills

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.

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