How esports promotes inclusion and belonging

An educator shares how her school's esports program offered a place for students to gather, build 21st-century skills, and form friendships

I grew up a casual gamer, half-decent at a few games like ‘Yoshi’s Island’ and ‘Rush.’ The most intense PC games I ever played were ‘Minesweeper’ and ‘Frogger.’ Esports and … Read More

6 tips to begin an elementary esports program in your school

Conversations around esports have centered on collegiate and secondary levels, but recently, the conversation to elementary esports

The benefits of esports are well documented. A significant body of research has found that students who participate in scholastic esports programs benefit from increased emotional regulation, academic achievement, and … Read More

3 keys to supporting students during a mental health crisis

Eliminating barriers to access support, streamlining onboarding, and increasing collaboration can help educators support students during a time of crisis in mental health

A January 2022 study published in JAMA Pediatrics confirmed what many educators, administrators, and support staff already knew: School closures, disrupted learning, and a pandemic year have coalesced to create … Read More

3 key actions for trauma-informed student supports

By meeting students’ needs and analyzing support data, educators can provide students with what they need to succeed

Most every K–12 teacher or administrator can anecdotally describe the mental health and wellness challenges their students now face. Statistically, it’s overwhelming—more than one-third (37 percent) of high school students … Read More

Weaving SEL into curriculum doesn’t have to be hard

Here’s how an educator uses comics to introduce critical SEL concepts, scaffold learning, and connect with his 5th-graders

As an educator and curriculum content creator, I’m always seeking to develop lessons that offer students opportunities to express complex emotions and share personal experiences. Inspiring self-expression and building a … Read More