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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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  • Understanding and Supporting Your Student With ODD

    The behaviors associated with oppositional defiant disorder can be challenging in the classroom, but there are strategies to help build relationships and make way for learning.
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  • Helping Students Cope With a Difficult Year

    These tips on supporting emotion regulation and building strong relationships will help students next year and beyond.
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  • Setting Priorities in Trauma-Informed Education

    In this excerpt from her new book, Alex Shevrin Venet explains how she makes decisions that support students who have experienced trauma.
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    What Students Will Need as the Year Begins

    After a year of chronic unpredictability, both students and teachers will benefit from focusing on relationships and the daily rhythms of school.
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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. 
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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.
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  • 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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  • Illustration hero of person wearing headphones listening to podcasts

    13 Educator-Approved Podcasts to Listen to This Year

    Our readers share with us some of their favorite podcasts on teaching, work-life balance, and well-being.
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  • Woman looking at Ted Talk on her phone

    6 Must-Watch TEDx Talks to Kick Off the School Year

    In less than 20 minutes each, these six brilliant TEDx Talks explore topics like chronic exhaustion, cultural identity, and emotional intelligence, among others.
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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.
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  • Elementary students meditating on desks in classroom

    Creating a Mindful Space for Self-Regulation

    Setting aside a quiet room for elementary students who need time and strategies to regulate their emotions helps them return to class feeling ready to learn.
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  • 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.
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    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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  • 60-Second Strategy: Snowball Toss

    A quick, fun classroom activity fosters open dialogue while releasing pent-up energy.
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    5 Trauma-Informed Strategies for Supporting Refugee Students

    Educators can take the initiative to provide safe and welcoming spaces in their classrooms and school community.
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