NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
PDF on ERIC Download full text
ERIC Number: ED610612
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2021-Feb
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
How Are School Districts Addressing Student Social-Emotional Needs during the Pandemic?
DeArmond, Michael; Chu, Lisa; Gundapaneni, Padma
Center on Reinventing Public Education
Since March 2020, Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) has tracked remote learning trends in school districts across the country. In this brief, we look at how our nationally representative sample of 477 school districts attended to students' social-emotional learning and well-being in fall 2020. Students' social-emotional learning and well-being was a concern before the COVID-19 pandemic. But it is an even bigger issue now, as students and teachers cope with the pressures of not only the pandemic and social isolation, but also the nation's reckoning with law enforcement violence against Black people, the ongoing economic crisis, and threats to American democracy. In light of these challenges, we wanted to see whether districts' remote learning and school reopening plans mentioned social-emotional learning and, if so, in what ways. After reviewing public information available online in our representative sample of school districts, we found: (1) Most district plans (66 percent) mentioned students' social-emotional learning and well-being; (2) When it comes to supporting students, district plans were more likely to focus on creating safe environments (47 percent) than teaching social-emotional skills (31 percent). Of the approaches we reviewed, advisories and morning meetings were the most common ways districts supported students; and (3) Despite the clear interest in students' social-emotional learning and well-being, we also found very few districts (7 percent) taking a system-wide approach to collecting data on how their students were doing.
Center on Reinventing Public Education. University of Washington Bothell Box 358200, Seattle, WA 98195. Tel: 206-685-2214; Fax: 206-221-7402; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE)
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A