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Create Community and Nurture Connections to Support Social and Emotional Learning

While remote teaching and learning introduces a variety of challenges for school communities, staying connected with each other is often at the top of the list. After all, teaching is first and foremost about relationships, and it’s the reason many of us got into the profession. These relationships provide the foundation for nearly everything else that happens in the classroom—from academic achievement to social and emotional well-being. This sense of community and support is essential to the learning experience.

While it may be more challenging to establish and maintain community and connection during remote learning than during a face-to-face classroom experience, it can be done. The articles in this collection offer ideas, strategies, and tools to help you create community and connections while teaching remotely.

Empower Students as Digital Collaborators

Help students develop the life skills they need to become digital collaborators.

Tips 5 min K-12

Teach Students Digital Collaboration Skills

Create a positive, trusting environment to teach students digital collaboration skills.

Tips 8 min K-12

Design Collaborative, Tech-Empowered Lessons

Explore 3 strategies for creating collaborative lessons to meaningfully integrate technology in your students’ learning.

Tips 8 min K-12

Choose the Right Digital Collaboration Tool for Your Lesson

Learn how to select the right digital tools that meet multiple learning needs.

Tips 15 min K-12

Shift to Online Discussions: Powerful but Different

Explore 4 steps for developing successful online discussions.

Tips 15 min 3-12

Connect Positively With Families

Explore five tips for communicating and connecting with families in order to develop a positive home and school partnership.

Tips 20 min K-12

Start the Year by Fostering Your Students’ Growth Mindset

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

Tips 15 min K-12

Build Classroom Community to Support Your Students’ Social and Emotional Needs

Develop strategies to establish relationships and build a positive classroom community for your students.

Tips 15 min K-12

Plug Into a Professional Learning Network

Stay connected to the latest education conversations, ideas, tips, and tools with a Professional Learning Network (PLN).

Tips 15 min K-12

Honor and Celebrate Students During Live Remote Learning

Learn how to celebrate your students to cultivate relational capacity in a remote-learning environment.

Tips 5 min K-12