New policies, practices and perspectives
COVID-19 enables educators to reach out to our students via remote learning in a brand-new, exciting way. Right now, educators are doing well-being check-ins via Google Classroom and ZOOM and Webex conferencing. Video conferencing, when students attend and turn on their camera, is working to support well-being. Social relationships are maintained and built through breakout sessions. Our school is prioritizing SEL right now by posting agreed upon policies for remote learning expectations. These were a set of norms developed by the instructional leadership team and other stakeholders. The barriers that prevent us from incorporating more SEL into our work are gaps in technological tools available for students for at-home use and in cases for some students, a suitable home environment for social, emotional learning to take place. The supports that we need are more technological resources (ie. laptops computers and reliable wifi) as well as enhanced effective communication with parent groups.