By Doug Judge, Director of Social-Emotional Learning
As we continue to support students during remote and hybrid learning across our system, our partnerships with families are more important than ever. Essential in these partnerships are the core beliefs of family engagement from our Family Engagement team. We view families as our students’ first and forever teachers of social-emotional learning (SEL). We have so much to learn from families about effective and culturally affirming practices.
In the past year, our families have partnered with us in student learning during the school day like never before. It is critical that we keep building trusting relationships, open communication and opportunities for families to continue to partner in their child’s learning.
Use strengths-based language and be thoughtful about the deficit-based assumptions about our families underpinning phrases such as “learning loss.” If you’d like to learn more about this funds of knowledge approach, please visit our Funds of Knowledge Canvas course.
To support family partnerships around SEL, we have recently updated the Family Resources section of our family-facing SEL webpage. We urge you to share this link and resources with your families. New topics include:
- Family Partnership Guiding Principles
- At-Home Supports, including:
- RULER Resources
- Grief and Loss
- Talking with children about uncertain times
- Behavior supports
- SEL lessons
- Virtual calming tools:
- Virtual calming room
- Virtual self-soothing cards
- Printable self-soothing cards (in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Somali)
We welcome your feedback and input, please email SEL@highlineschools.org.