Back-to-School: Building Community by Prioritizing Students' Social-Emotional Needs

Back-to-School: Building Community by Prioritizing Students' Social-Emotional Needs

What does it mean to go back to school this year, after a year of remote\hybrid learning, social, economic and political unrest, and in the uncertainty of an ongoing pandemic? Effective teaching in these times demands that educators prioritize the social-emotional needs of their students and build strong relationships, regardless of whether school starts in person, remotely, or somewhere in between. Before students can focus on what they are being asked to learn and do in the classroom, they must feel safe, connected, and emotionally secure.

Join us to prepare for the coming school year as we explore teaching strategies and flexible resources designed to help you begin getting to know your students as individuals and facilitating the process of creating an open, supportive, and reflective classroom community. In addition, we will model classroom routines that teachers can implement from day one to support effective learning and meaningful engagement with contemporary issues and concerns in your homeroom, advisory, or academic courses. Together, we will share insights we’ve gained about teaching, learning, and the social context of education during the pandemic, and consider how we want to show up for our students this fall.

This workshop will feature resources from Facing History's Community Matters Guide and Back to School Toolkit. Materials and resources are designed for middle school and high school level students. 

Captioning will be provided during this webinar, which takes place from 3–4 PM ET/2–3 PM CT/ 1–2 PM MT/12–1 PM PT. If this time doesn’t work for your schedule, be sure to register and we’ll notify you once the recording is available on our On-Demand Learning Center.

You will be eligible to receive one-hour of professional development credit for participation if you actively watch the webinar. At the conclusion of the webinar, you will be able to download a certificate of completion from the webinar console. Check with your school district in advance of the webinar to ensure that the professional development credit is accepted.

Frank Stebbins Program Associate, Facing History and Ourselves, New York

Frank Stebbins is senior program associate for New Jersey growth and strategy at Facing History. Before taking this role, he was a New Jersey educator for 17 years. During that time, he started a full year Holocaust and Genocides elective that heavily used Facing History resources and pedagogy. He was recognized as the 2018 Gina Lanceter Power of One Award by the New Jersey Holocaust Commission, the 2019 Dr. Hank Kaplowitz Outstanding Human Rights Educator of the Year by the Human Rights Institute at Kean University, the 2019 Unity Award for Achievement by an Educator by the Union County Human Relations Commission, and as a 2019 Exemplary Educator by the New Jersey Department of Education.

Jasmine Wong is a senior program associate for Facing History and Ourselves. She lives in Toronto and works with educators to provide professional learning, curriculum resources, and support.

Prior to her work with Facing History and Ourselves, Jasmine worked as a classroom teacher, adult education facilitator and research assistant in cancer epidemiology. She earned her M.A. in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership Studies at Stanford University, and her B.Ed. from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.