Restorative Practices and How They Fit into MTSS

    SEL and Behavior

    When discussing behavior management approaches with schools and districts, the notion of restorative practices is commonly brought up as an effective school-wide solution. There are many benefits to using restorative approaches, but it is important for school leaders to have a deeper understanding of what restorative practices entail and how they should be implemented. Below we outline the key components of a restorative practices approach along with guidelines for implementation and how to avoid common challenges and pitfalls. Finally, we discuss how these approaches actually impact schools and students and how they work within an MTSS framework. 

    4 Tips for Supporting Students' Mental Health in an MTSS Framework

    SEL and Behavior, MTSS Practice

    Educators are becoming increasingly aware of the impacts of the global pandemic on their students’ mental health and well-being. We’ve known for a while now about the negative impacts of social isolation on child development. Research showed that isolation and loneliness were often associated with psychological symptoms across childhood and adolescence before the pandemic.

    Tracking and Supporting Student Attendance in MTSS

    SEL and Behavior

    Over the past year, attendance has become a significant issue for many schools and districts. With students learning remotely, in-person, or through a combination of both, it has been difficult for educators to not only keep track of and assess student absenteeism, but also implement effective practices to support strong attendance rates. As more students begin returning to in-person learning, it is critical for schools and districts to revisit their attendance practices and policies and make sure they are using approaches aligned with research and best practices. It is also important to align student attendance with the goals and practices used within a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS). Below, we provide an overview of why attendance is so important, how it should be monitored, and how to effectively address issues with attendance at the school, classroom, and individual student levels. 

    Social-Emotional Learning in MTSS

    SEL and Behavior

    Today March 26th, 2021 is International #SELDay. International SEL Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the importance of social-emotional learning, and leveraging the power of it as we prepare to reopen our schools and renew our communities.

    To celebrate International SEL Day, our team curated a list of some of the most popular and useful resources. We hope you’ll find insights and practicable ideas.

    Four Tips for Improving Social-Emotional Learning

    SEL and Behavior, Tier 1 - Core Instruction

    Supporting students’ social-emotional development has always been essential. But this year especially, educators are realizing the critical role of social-emotional learning (SEL). In remote learning contexts teachers need to come up with creative ways to keep students engaged and connected as well as practice key social skills. Teachers working with students in-person may have found that their students are struggling with more social, emotional, and behavioral issues, given all they have gone through this year.

    Student Engagement: Why it’s Important and How to Promote it

    SEL and Behavior, Tier 1 - Core Instruction, Reflective Teaching

    As we move into the final stretch of one of the most challenging school years in our history, teachers and students might be noticing a decline in stamina. No matter the learning context (remote, in-person, or hybrid) keeping students engaged in learning at this point in the year is a common challenge. Although numerous teaching obstacles remain, there are several small but significant things that schools and teachers can do to boost and maintain student engagement. Below we take a deeper dive into what student engagement really is and why it is so important. Then we discuss some practical approaches for keeping students interested and involved in lessons, activities, and discussions. 

    Top 10 Used Behavioral Strategies in 2020

    SEL and Behavior

    Discover the Top 10 Used Behavioral Strategies in 2020, and How to Implement Them Effectively

     

    Supporting students who exhibit challenging behaviors in the classroom and struggle socially and emotionally is an important part of the MTSS framework. This week we are providing the most commonly used behavioral interventions and strategies from 2020. Although these are popular strategies that teachers use with students, there are always ways to improve upon them and strengthen their implementation and impact. Along with the strategies, we provide suggestions for ensuring students are being supported through their development of positive classroom behaviors and their social-emotional well-being. 

    3 Takeaways from CASEL’s New Definition of SEL

    SEL and Behavior

    Last week CASEL shared its updated definition and framework for understanding and implementing Social-Emotional Learning (SEL).

    Educators, What Are You Doing for Your Own SEL?

    SEL and Behavior, Reflective Teaching

    “How Are You Taking Care of You?”

    Teaching is hard work. It is mentally, emotionally, psychologically, and physically demanding. It is also dynamic, engaging, at times even exhilarating, but always meaningful and tremendously important. In a typical year, you could describe most teachers as unsung heroes - paying for materials out of pockets, grading papers, or prepping materials late into the night, always straining to maintain that elusive balance between work and home. But this year... well, this year is not like other years. This year took the scale we use to balance work and home and sold it to the pawnshop for parts. 

    5 Evidence-Based SEL Supports for Learning at Home

    Distance Learning, SEL and Behavior, Interventions and Learning Supports' Strategies

    During this period of change and uncertainty, supporting students’ social-emotional learning and development, in addition to their academic learning, is critical. This is especially true for students who already struggle socially, emotionally, and behaviorally. Below are five evidence-based resources that can be used either by caregivers in the home or teachers remotely to promote key social-emotional competencies, such as self-regulation, self-awareness, social skills, and behavior management.