Support Well-Being and Mental Health in Education

Students and educators have been reporting an increase in mental health concerns. Students may be struggling to return to a traditional classroom. Teachers often report that they are experiencing increased stress due to a greater workload and the increased needs of their students and families. No one is certain what impact the coronavirus will have on long-term mental and physical health.

The resources in this collection explore ideas and strategies you may consider for your classroom to address issues of mental health. As you review the resources in this collection, consider downloading the questions linked below to guide your reflection. If possible, do this work with a team of your colleagues and use the prompts to stimulate discussion. Having conversations about these topics with your colleagues can lead to stimulating discussion and breakthrough ideas.

Balancing Act: Improving Educator Well-Being in a Stressful Landscape

Supporting our teachers’ mental health and job satisfaction is essential for an effective educational system.

Best Practices 5 min Grades K-12 Resource by:

Connect With Colleagues

Learn about why it is so important to connect and build positive relationships with colleagues and six ways to build those connections.

15 min Grades K-12 Resource by:

Connect With Families

Explore how to better connect with the families of the students you support and why it is so important.

Best Practices 15 min Grades K-12 Resource by:

Help Students Connect and Reconnect

Discover ways to connect with your students, form relationships with them, and help them reconnect and form relationships with one another.

Best Practices 15 min Grades K-12 Resource by:

#55 – Connecting Students and Building Classroom Community

In this episode, we share relationship-building strategies that you can implement to help students feel safe and supported—ready to take risks and apply a growth mindset to their learning process.

Unpacking Education 24 min Resource by:

#52 – Managing Transitions: Addressing Social and Emotional Learning for Students

A focus on relationships, routines, and social and emotional learning protocols will help ensure your students feel welcome and ready to learn this fall.

Unpacking Education 22 min Resource by:

#37 – Reassembling After Loss: Putting the Pieces Together for a New Picture

Join us for the last installment of our SEL series where we reframe the narrative. Rather than focusing on learning loss, we explore what we have learned this year that has led to growth and resiliency.

Unpacking Education 26 min Resource by:

#36 – Managing Transitions Back to the Classroom

In part five of our SEL series, we share strategies for supporting students, families, and staff as we transition back to the physical classroom, with resources and tips for addressing the anxiety of the unknown.

Unpacking Education 23 min Resource by:

#35 – Supporting Families During the Pandemic: Coping With Stress, Anxiety, and Grief

Explore tips to help students reduce the stress and anxiety that has accompanied the learning process this year with practical strategies to promote self-awareness and self-regulation.

Unpacking Education 20 min Resource by:

#34 – Caring for Students During Pandemic Learning

Explore tips to help students reduce the stress and anxiety that has accompanied the learning process this year with practical strategies to promote self-awareness and self-regulation.

Unpacking Education 17 min Resource by:

“R” You Ready to Recharge? Tips for Teacher Self-Care

Explore 12 ways to recharge and take care of yourself.

Best Practices 20 min Grades K-12 Resource by:

#15 – Practice Self-Care: Tips for Teachers and Students

Explore tips for finding time to take care of yourself, while also supporting students’ social and emotional needs.

Unpacking Education 30 min

#9 – Foster a Growth Mindset for Teachers and Students

Discover how learning mindsets can affect both teacher and student performance.

Unpacking Education 20 min

#5 – Foster Relationships and Build Community During Remote Teaching

Cultivate a culture of trust in your virtual classroom by nurturing relationships and helping students build empathy and understanding for each other and you.

Unpacking Education 35 min

Start the Year by Fostering Your Students’ Growth Mindset

Help students transition to the new year by teaching and fostering their growth mindset.

Best Practices 8 min Grades K-12 Resource by:

Extend Your Learning

The following resources related to this topic can be found on AVID Open Access to extend and connect your learning:

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