For students, families, and educators, the summer break can provide a chance for rejuvenation and refocus. Throughout this past school year, we celebrated new learning and new relationships, and we also experienced profound challenges. The devastating shooting in Uvalde, Texas weighs heavily on our hearts and minds.
As young people transition from school environments to summer activities, our communities are having conversations about how to ensure the safety and wellbeing of every child. While there is no single solution, we know that social and emotional learning (SEL) plays a critical role. Evidence-based practices that build supportive relationships and promote social and emotional skills can help reduce bullying and isolation, promote belonging, boost engagement, and curb future violence.
As you take time to refocus this summer, consider:
How can we use SEL to create environments where every person is safe, valued, and supported?
See below for more about how SEL and supportive environments connect to safety, belonging, and learning.