Disrupt the intergenerational trauma
We must support the well-being of families to optimize our support of our students. There is extensive intergenerational trauma that remains unresolved and continues to be passed along to the children and youth. We must approach these conversations from a culturally sensitive way and actively work to identify students and families that are in need of services and supports. We must remain sensitive and nonjudgmental as we build relationships with families and youth. A significant barrier are not enough staff being trained on culturally-sensitive trauma-informed practices to consistently use with students and families. We have received two large state grants which have successfully allowed us to place mental health professionals at school sites to support the social and emotional health of thousands of students across our county. Despite this, resource gaps remain. When faced with budget cuts, many are placing "supportive services" as non-essential and eliminating positions. Many teachers are focused on the curriculum aspect with the limited contact they have with students, resulting in weakening of relationships which are so essential for our students and families. I believe that providing a framework for how schools can integrate SEL into remote learning is desperately needed.