Video: Teachers as Social-Emotional Leaders
These are unusual times. The stress that the pandemic has caused is being felt by everyone, especially our students who are trying to deal with an unprecedented situation. In this episode of the Learning Counsel’s Back to (e)School Tactics Discussion series, some of the nation’s school and district leaders tackle the tough discussion of preparing our teachers to be social emotional leaders.
According to LeiLani Cauthen, CEO and Publisher at the Learning Counsel, “We have another surge of the Coronavirus, and we’re in the middle of the perfect storm of everything. What has emerged as one of the most important things to discuss is the fact that there’s a social emotional issue that’s going to be hitting teachers more than ever going into the fall. So, we’re trying to make sure schools are prepared for what that means for their teachers, because individual teachers are the frontline for helping calm some of those nerves. In reality, we’re dealing right now with a mental health crisis. So, how can we help people lead? How can the teachers not only get in their own right mindset, but survive? What’s this avalanche coming at them as they try to head back into fall identifying what is needed, having the right supports. For example, where’s the line in remote learning? We’ve been hearing a lot of stories about teachers getting late night calls from kids in distress. Where’s the line? How do you lead?”
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Whether good or bad, teachers are compelled to take on the mantle of social emotional leaders as schools begin this Fall. You’ll want to watch this discussion, as these school and district leaders explore the many challenges of equipping their teachers to take the lead in the social emotional instruction for their students.