Getting Back On Track

Across the state, educators are grappling with many challenges as they recover and rebuild in the effort to get schooling back on track for the 2021-2022 school year. While they are presented with a unique opportunity to reimagine education on every level, there are many difficult decisions ahead when identifying exactly what that will look like. How can we rethink what hasn’t been working for students and educators alike and create a more equitable teaching and learning environment? How can teachers support children academically, emotionally, and socially to take them where they need to go? Whether based on the effects of trauma, marginalization, economic insecurities, the impact of the digital divide pivoting between online learning, hybrid learning, and in-person learning during the pandemic, the path to student mastery will look different than it did in the past. As such, your Union is working to anticipate the needs of educators so they are prepared to engage, instruct, and assess students as they begin coming back to their best educational setting, the classroom.

Through the Education & Learning Trust, training is available for members on the following topics:

  • Social-Emotional Learning – the skills learned help students develop the attitudes and behaviors to better cope with emotional stress, solve problems, and become healthy and competent overall.
  • Response to Trauma – explore strategies for responding to and supporting students who are experiencing trauma.
  • Promoting Educational Wellness - addressing the emotional and mental health needs of students and staff and providing support, as needed.
  • Culturally Responsive Schools – evidence of relationships and belonging as well as student voice are indicators of a culturally responsive school.
  • Accelerating Student Growth – strategically preparing students for success in the present by addressing past concepts and skills in the purposeful context of readying them for new learning.  
  • Understanding Students - knowing our students
  • Family Engagement - a critical component to the success of our youth involves engaging families in authentic ways to increase social, behavioral, and academic successes for all students.
  • Equity - empowering educators to build a solid foundation around understanding the complexities of oppression, marginalization, disenfranchisement, intersectionality, and the impact these systemic “barriers” have on our students, families, communities, and colleagues.
  • De-escalating Challenging Behavior - laying the groundwork with preventative measures and then responding appropriately to diffuse a situation so students can redirect their thoughts and actions and refocus on learning.