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Teacher Health and Wellness

Fostering Student Achievement by Supporting Teachers’ Mental and Physical Well-Being

On June 14, 2017, Committee for Children and the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) held a congressional briefing on “Teacher Health and Wellness: Fostering Student Achievement by Supporting Teachers’ Mental and… Read More


13 Reasons Why Teachers Are Appreciated

May 9th is National Teacher Appreciation Day, a time to show our thanks to teachers for all they do. In honor of this day and of teachers in general, I asked others about why they value teachers. I interviewed children, parents and grandparents, including Joan Duffell, Executive Director of Committee for Children, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the safety and well-being of children through social-emotional learning and development. Of course, I added in my thoughts too. In total, 13 of us share why we appreciate teachers, and we mean every last word!… Read More


Keeping Children Safe: Reporting Child Sexual Abuse

All states have a law that requires us to report when there is reasonable suspicion that child sexual abuse occurred, yet child sexual abuse is underreported by both children and adults, including teachers. There are many reasons for this. Children are often afraid or ashamed to tell. Adults may not know about all the signs of abuse, may lack knowledge about reporting, or may worry about making inaccurate reports.Read More


Two Myths About Child Sexual Abuse: What We Should Know, What We Can Do

April is National Child Abuse Prevention month, an
important time to build knowledge and awareness of how to protect children from
abuse. This awareness includes understanding two myths about child sexual abuse
and what we can do to address those myths, to support effective prevention,
identification, and response.… Read More


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Welcoming a New Neighbor—Activity

Learning how to welcome new people to the neighborhood is fun and easy with this game for preschoolers and their families.

Age 3-5—In this game adapted from the Second Step: Social-Emotional Skills for Early Learning Program, you can help your child practice the skill of welcoming someone new.… Read More


The Second Step K-5 Suite: Improve Academics, Support Students, and Create a Positive School Climate

Join us to learn how our evidence-based social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum integrates with our Bullying Prevention and Child Protection Units to create the Second Step K-5 Suite. These programs work seamlessly together to improve academics, support students, and create a positive school climate.… Read More