SETTING THE FOUNDATION FOR AN EMOTIONALLY LITERATE, JUST AND CONSCIOUS FUTURE
Social-emotional learning is often spoken of as the key “missing piece” in education. Studies show that pro-social behaviors are a better indicator of a child’s future academic success than his/her reading level in early childhood. However, traditional curricula, including Benchmark and Writing and Reading Workshops, do not scaffold strategies for emotional regulation or conflict resolution skills. Following the major life changes brought about by COVID-19, many children are experiencing heightened anxiety and stress. It is more important than ever for educators to support students’ social and emotional wellbeing in schools using trauma-informed practices.