This year has been a particularly challenging time in our world. The more we experience difficult events or circumstances without the ability to remove ourselves from the circumstances or debrief with others, the higher chance we have of developing compassion fatigue and burning out.
It is so important to take care of ourselves during this time. When we are our best selves, we can bring our best for our students and families.
Beginning Monday, April 20 and continuing each week through June, all Highline staff will receive an email highlighting three practices for health and wellbeing: a breathing technique, a movement exercise and a guided rest protocol. Share what you are learning and practicing on social media using #HPSWellness.
Every Friday in Highline Insider, our SEL Department will summarize the week’s strategies and make connections to existing SEL work.
You can also check back here anytime to see the information from previous weeks.
Director of Social Emotional Learning
As we enter into the final weeks before highly-charged federal, state and local elections, it is essential that we continue to create and sustain supportive classroom and school communities. Check out resources available to help support.
Continuing to develop SEL skills in adults and students remains vital during Distance Learning and as we prepare for Hybrid Instruction. Check out our recent updates to our SEL supports for the 2020-21 school year.
The long pattern of racist violence in America directed at African Americans persists--brutally and tragically. As we collectively build an anti-racist Highline Public Schools system, we are reflecting on our own practices and how we can dismantle white supremacy culture. The SEL skills of adults and students, and the school culture and climate in which they are developed, have immense impacts on learning, wellness and safety. The guiding principles of SEL, grounded in the whole child movement, were adopted into standards by OSPI in 2019.
What type of strategy works best to help you manage your stress? For Maria Osses Watson, assistant principal at Hazel Valley Elementary, it’s breathing. Here’s Maria with this week’s wellness reflection.
When our social, emotional, economic, safety and basic needs are impacted by the events of the world, it can be incredibly challenging to meet our goals, stay focused and be healthy. As we have highlighted in our #HPSWellness campaign, it is essential that we continue to invest in learning, practicing and sharing our wellness practices with our own families and communities.
We have all heard that deep breathing and movement reduce stress. Highline High School Co-Principal Tremain Holloway explains why and shares what he’s been doing to stay healthy.
For many of us, talking about race and racism with each other and our students can be stressful. Educators across our district are sharing helpful resources to guide these conversations.