What is Social Emotional Learning?

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.  SEL programming is based on the understanding that Read more about What is Social Emotional Learning?[…]

Highlands Council DEI Committee

Highlands Council is looking for parents, students and community leaders to be a part of the DEI committee.  Cynthia Dickson, DEI Chairperson for Delevan Drive Elementary PTA has developed several initiatives to be addressed by the committee: A HC DEI Guide that can be shared across member schools/PTAs Cultural Interdisciplinary Calendar and Program that supplements Read more about Highlands Council DEI Committee[…]

How to Help LGBTQ Youth Thrive

You may not be aware, but every school has LGBTQ youth and families. Is your PTA using inclusive language and offering affirming programs and activities? We sat down with two guests from the Human Rights Campaign Ellen Kahn, senior director of programs and partnerships, and Jodie Patterson, board chair of the HRC Foundation, to learn Read more about How to Help LGBTQ Youth Thrive[…]

How Kusema Thomas missed six weeks of distance learning in LA Unified middle school

Technology and communication problems left him out of virtual classes and chronically absent. NOVEMBER 19, 2020 by John Fensterwald, EdSource Kusema Thomas II got Fs on his first two sixth-grade report cards at a Los Angeles Unified middle school. His homeroom teacher marked him absent for 38 days over 10 weeks. His English teacher warned that Read more about How Kusema Thomas missed six weeks of distance learning in LA Unified middle school[…]

A Parent’s Guide to Student Privacy

By Elizabeth Laird, Center for Democracy & Technology About This Guide How Do I know If My Child’s Information Is Protected? A Parent’s Guide to Student Privacy seeks to empower parents and help you ask your child’s school questions to advocate for your child’s privacy. The guide is meant to raise awareness around student privacy and Read more about A Parent’s Guide to Student Privacy[…]

Why Students Need Social-Emotional Learning Now

By Arianna Prothero , Education Week, September 2, 2020 School leaders and educators are facing pressures from all quarters when it comes to starting school this fall—whether it’s trying to make up for lost learning, navigating the logistical challenges of safely opening school buildings, or steering the political challenges of closing them. All of this is Read more about Why Students Need Social-Emotional Learning Now[…]

Schools Left in the Lurch as Negotiations on Coronavirus-Relief Bill Collapse

By Lauren Camera, Senior Education Writer, US News & World Report, Aug. 12, 2020, at 9:47 a.m. WHEN PRESIDENT Donald Trump signed a series of executive orders aimed at providing economic relief to blunt the repercussions of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the action eviscerated high-level negotiations on a bill to provide a major new infusion of federal support, leaving the Read more about Schools Left in the Lurch as Negotiations on Coronavirus-Relief Bill Collapse[…]

Time’s Running Out to Register for #PTAConLive20

Secure your spot for a summer of world-class leadership training, inspirational keynote speakers and transformational approaches your PTA can use for the upcoming school year. Here’s what you need to know: General registration closes 11:59 p.m. EDT, July 19. Register now. If you wish to vote as a state PTA delegate for National PTA elections, Read more about Time’s Running Out to Register for #PTAConLive20[…]

Resources on Community Unrest, Justice and Support

Helping Your Child Cope with Media Coverage of Community Racial Trauma: Tips for Parents – Short video with excellent recommendations for parents and teacher alike. Can be subtitled in multiple languages. Estos videos pueden subtitularse en varios idiomas. Positive Behavior Intervention and Support/Restorative Practices – facilitating circle in a virtual space. George Floyd, Racism and Law Enforcement – ADL’s Read more about Resources on Community Unrest, Justice and Support[…]