SEL and Trauma-Informed Resources

Updated: Sep 17, 2020

A couple weeks ago, some of us hosted a rural charter school virtual homeroom for the National Charter Schools Conference, and one of the topics mentioned by attendees was the need to focus on Social and Emotional Learning and Trauma-Informed Practices as schools are planning to start for the 2020-21 school year.

A colleague from the National Charter School Resource Center shared the resources below with us after the homeroom and we wanted to make sure to share them with as many school leaders as possible.


If you find more (or already have) resources that you find helpful – share them in a comment below!

  1. Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) Focusing on more than just academic needs. There will be an urgent push to help students catch up on all the academic content they missed this spring and stem the learning loss from extended school closures, but most schools are also prioritizing students’ social and emotional needs during and post-crisis. CASEL, created a roadmap for reopening schools with these needs in mind. It highlights four critical practices focused on relationship-building, the ideal learning environment, data-driven decision-making and meeting the needs of teachers and other adults in schools. Read the roadmap here.

  2. Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety The Center has compiled resources to support states, districts, and schools as they serve students throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including a list of external/additional resources, guides created by the Center, and webinars. The Center has also compiled a list of resources to support schools in advancing racial justice and creating more equitable systems. The Center is also collaborating with REL West and the Region 15 Comprehensive Center to host a three-part webinar series, designed to support the social and emotional needs of educators and students during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

  3. National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE) Watch several Trauma-Informed Family and Community Engagement webinars, as well as other webinars focused on adjusting engagement during the pandemic. Find all resources here or COVID-19 specific resources here. NAFSCE holds monthly webinars available to members (membership fees are waived until Sept. 30, 2020).

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