As School Goes Online, Educators Cannot Forget Students’ Social and Emotional Learning

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“I am disappointed with leaders and educators who want us to push through this pandemic with children as if it is not happening,” writes Jones. “There has been such a focus on trauma and trauma-informed schools—but when trauma is at the door, everyone seems to forget their training.”  (Manycam)

As I read the daily updates from state and local officials and watch the world come undone, I cannot help but to wonder if the rush to online education is more of a trauma response than a solution to the problem of loss of instruction.

The rush to roll out online education magnifies issues of equity and access for students who have been “left behind’ due to a history of disinvestment and structural racism. In some districts online instruction will likely add to, not decrease these issues. 

Much of what I have read is hyper-focused on covering academic…

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