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Mental Health

Find compassionate perspectives and evidence-based strategies to foster school environments that promote psychological well-being and support students experiencing behavioral, emotional, or social challenges.

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    Bringing Moments of Joy to High School English

    An English teacher is redoubling his efforts to use reading and writing assignments to help students learn how to navigate the challenges of a turbulent world.
    Andrew Simmons
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    The Reparative Power of Relationships

    Many schools around the country strive to support students who have experienced trauma—and that work is always rooted in strong relationships.
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  • How Practicing Mindfulness Outdoors Boosts Well-being

    How Practicing Mindfulness Outdoors Boosts Well-Being

    As schools have taken classes outside for safer in-person learning, many have found the value of connecting mindfulness activities to nature.
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  • Making Students Feel Safe

    A trauma-informed approach ensures that students feel safe, supported, and nurtured—to improve their chances of academic success. 
    128.8k
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    When Students Are Traumatized, Teachers Are Too

    Trauma in students’ lives takes an emotional and physical toll on teachers as well. Experts weigh in on the best ways to cope.
    124.8k
  • A Daily Support System for Students

    Students who need extra social and emotional support have a quick check-in with an adult at the start and end of each day.
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  • A photo collage featuring Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

    Trauma is ‘Written Into Our Bodies’—but Educators Can Help

    Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, California’s first surgeon general, on the impact of multigenerational adversity, SEL in the classroom, and the transformational powers of meditation.
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  • Getting in Tune to Soothe the Nervous System

    Getting in Tune to Soothe the Nervous System

    Singing or humming can be a simple way to get the whole classroom recentered when things are out of hand.
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    Covid-19’s Impact on Students’ Academic and Mental Well-Being

    The pandemic has revealed—and exacerbated—inequities that hold many students back. Here’s how teachers can help.
    15k
  • Photo collage showing techniques for mindfulness and personal connection

    How to Maslow Before Bloom, All Day Long

    Morning meetings are a good place to start, but what you really need is a toolkit of strategies to meet your students’ social and emotional needs all day long.
    8.8k
  • Illustration concept showing teen under stress

    A De-escalation Exercise for Upset Students

    A simple technique that takes just a few minutes can help an agitated student regain the state of mind needed for learning.
    19.7k
  • 60-Second Strategy: Snowball Toss

    A quick, fun classroom activity fosters open dialogue while releasing pent-up energy.
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    A Trauma-Informed Approach to Teaching the Colonization of the Americas

    Preparing for the emotions that may arise from discussions of genocide and oppression can help teachers avoid traumatizing students.
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  • High school student doing homework at home on her laptop

    The Value of a Camera-Optional Policy

    Allowing students to choose whether to turn their camera on for online classes enables them to take ownership of their learning.
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  • A black and white illustration of a young woman looking distressed

    The How and Why of Trauma-Informed Teaching

    In an extraordinary Twitter chat, educators discuss building trauma-informed social and emotional learning environments.
    29.1k

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