ERIC Number: EJ1264691
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-Aug
The Right Blend: SEL Skills Support Teacher Learning in Person and Online
Summers, Laura L.
Learning Professional, v41 n4 p32-36 Aug 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic required that nearly all P-20 teaching and learning move quickly to virtual formats. In many cases, educators were teaching exclusively online for the first time in their careers. Schools suddenly needed to train and support all educators on how to teach, engage students, and support families from a distance. This created an urgent need to provide meaningful professional learning in a virtual learning community. One important goal that has emerged is to find ways to create more inclusive and equitable learning environments. Yet, in the rush to prepare educators for virtual environments, today's professional learning does not always model or embody the responsiveness and relational focus necessary for equity. Professional learning that is relationship-based, empowering, and grounded in social and emotional learning (SEL) will prepare educators to build equity and self-efficacy for re-engaging learners in the coming school year, whether teaching online or in person. This article addresses professional learning grounded in SEL, fostering self-efficacy, virtual learning challenges, and preparing for the future.
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Preschool Education, Postsecondary Education, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Faculty Development, COVID-19, Distance Education, Online Courses, Social Development, Emotional Development, Equal Education, Self Efficacy, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Collaboration, Interpersonal Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education; Postsecondary Education
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