COVID-19 A Wake-Up Call For Equity in Education
The United States is often dubbed the greatest country in the world. Despite this, our great nation is battling injustice and inequities. It is important now more than ever for our society to rise and confront long-standing inequities in our nation and our schools. We need effective leadership through quality leadership so we can thrive. Although we have made progress, people in this country are still carrying around fear, anxiety, and even worse, harsh realities of the recent events occurring in our communities, schools, and the country as a whole. This is our nation’s wake up call. Most of the country has been forced or strongly encouraged to remain inside of their homes during the past 3 months due to the effects of a global pandemic with no end in sight. Many are finding themselves thinking about young children who are growing up in an era of mass school shootings, bullying, discrimination and prejudices and now living through COVID-19. Our youth have experienced their school lessons being cut short, unfinished projects abandoned, conversations left pending, graduations canceled, and once in a lifetime experiences stolen. However, these recent unprecedented times have given rise to many facets of inequity in education that can be evaluated, contemplated, and addressed now. Out of this crisis, a new age in education can be ushered in if we are intentional about learning from our past. Social Distancing Creates Equity Issues in America
What you should know: Equity and Antiracism in Education
With the latest events surrounding race in America, one can not deny that there is a shift in the way that we approach cultural topics in education. Because of technology and the accessibility of racially motivated violence on social media, students everywhere are being affected by the racially heated social construct in America today. Effective educators have the gigantic responsibility to educate at a time like this. However, the best learning is lived experience; The best educators understand that connecting those lived experiences to important concepts (with empathy) is key to effective instruction. People across the nation are shaken to their core and trying to fully comprehend how this impacts their schools, their families, and their understanding of reality and safety. With the effects of COVID-19 still underway, we are living a historical event; and you, as an educator, are the glimmer of hope that some students need to feel safe and understood.
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Social Emotional Learning In The Midst of a Global Crisis.
While the world continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic emergency and homeschooling continues to challenge families and educators globally, it is more important than ever that Social Emotional Learning (SEL) becomes a focal point in our homes and classrooms. Both educators and parents need to continue to work collaboratively to ensure that learning continues; however, while many are hyper-focused on academics, all educators and families need to also have a strong emphasis on SEL for the well being of all children. SEL plays an important role because it teaches skills such as character education and focuses on themes such as building social skills, acceptance, and anti-bullying. SEL can also help improve academic performance when embedded in regular academics. This type of skill and competency is vital for all learners, especially during our current climate. While adults are coping with the rapidly changing environment and society, we must also remember that children are also rapidly forced to adjust very quickly to sudden changes in their lives such as; their learning environment, their daily routine, perhaps the amount of food available or their living environment. Most of the time children are encountering these huge changes in the absence of clear direction (akin to the majority of adults).