Advocating for student mental health starts here

With increased awareness of student mental health needs, many districts are examining how to elevate the impact of school counselors

For the last 17 years, I have devoted my career to advocating for comprehensive school counseling programs. This is my passion and the focus of my efforts every day. But I did not choose this career path because I had an amazing school counselor in middle school. In fact, it’s the opposite. I did not have access to a school counselor at all. I was in the academic middle and did not need school counseling. Right? WRONG! I was desperate for guidance about my future and was overlooked due to the high student to counselor ratio.  

Prediction: All schools will embrace sensory spaces

Initially developed as havens for individuals with severe sensory processing challenges, these spaces have found their place in mainstream education

As we stand on the cusp of a new year, it’s remarkable to reflect on how sensory spaces for schools have evolved. It has been quite heartening. This shift is not merely a coincidence; rather, it is a result of the collective recognition of the crucial role sensory well-being plays in the overall development and learning experience of our students. And in 2024, I predict that more districts will fully embrace the value and develop sensory spaces in their own schools.

The bookend model: Using SEL to support before- and after-school programs

Before- and after-school programs with SEL components offer critical support and safe spaces where students build confidence and a sense of belonging

Incorporating social and emotional learning (SEL) throughout the school day has risen in popularity over the last few years, especially to counteract the increasing rates of anxiety and depression in students.

Effective SEL instruction isn’t possible without this key element

SEL skills are essential for navigating both academic and non-academic environments successfully, and they’re critical for improving outcomes

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is a critical component of education today, and that’s especially true in the wake of the global pandemic, which has left many students grappling with anxiety, depression, and other social-emotional challenges. While high-quality SEL involves many elements, at its foundation is the need to establish a welcoming and inclusive learning environment for every student.

5 to thrive: SEL resources to help students grow

Social-emotional learning can seem intimidating at first, but with the right resources, it helps students become more self-aware

Every educator hopes to equip their students with the knowledge they need to thrive as a healthy adult. It’s a daunting task, especially considering there is so much to teach in such a small amount of time.

In 2024, education will move to adopt AI—but slowly

Students are already using artificial intelligence tools, so now is the time for educators to catch up by learning how AI can improve teaching and learning

In education, we tend to move pretty slowly when it comes to adopting new technology, and that pattern won’t change with artificial intelligence (AI). In the coming year, early adopters will continue to play with new AI tools.

9 ways collaborative learning benefits teachers and students

While new and emerging technologies can feel like a hurdle at times, there is also much that can be gained by incorporating them into our curriculum

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been around for many years, but the introduction of ChatGPT in November 2022 has generated many discussions of how this technology can impact education – both how students learn and how educators teach.