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How Schools Are Taking SEL and Mental Health Online

With remote learning becoming the norm, social and emotional learning (SEL) has been a high priority — and a thorny challenge. SEL refers to the soft skills students need to collaborate effectively with their peers: the ability to manage emotions, set positive goals, display empathy and make responsible decisions. Only 7 percent of more than 1,400 educators surveyed in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s 2020 “Educator Confidence Report” said they were prepared to address the social and emotional needs of students during the COVID-19 disruption. Meanwhile, 94 percent agreed students will increasingly need more social and emotional support this school year. A range of resources are available to educators to support this need.


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