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NEA edCommunities is a social website that connects educators, parents, and community members. The goal is to share ideas and resources that improve student success.  In this course, you will become familiar with NEA edCommunities while learning the technical aspects of the tool, design a community that engages members, and create a profile and group. Read More

Remote learning, also referred to as distance learning, gives learners who aren’t in a physical location for in-person education, access to online learning and materials.  There are a variety of tools and strategies to make remote learning a positive and enriching experience for your students. In this course, you will learn about best practices for remote learning, as well as how to implement a successful remote learning program by utilizing  strategies that encourage community building, effective communication, and peer-to-peer collaboration. Read More

Beginning and intermediate Seesaw users will take a deeper dive into the many features of Seesaw and models of how we can organically embed authentic social emotional supports. Learn to create your own custom Seesaw activities. Also discover how Seesaw’s built-in features—like folders, skills, and blogs—can help streamline the assessment and feedback processes, whether at home or in the classroom. This session is perfect for educators who have attended our beginning Seesaw session or who use Seesaw and want to learn more. Read More

Issues surrounding relationship skills can result from mismatches in self-awareness, self-management, and social awareness. Because of differences in the understanding of norms, social roles (e.g., age, gender, etc.) and unwritten rules about emotional displays, students and adults can misinterpret each other’s attempts to cooperate, share, and engage in collaborative problem solving. This can cause disagreement which can escalate into entrenched conflicts that overemphasize compliance rather than social-emotional growth, fairness, and the resolution of conflicts. As one of the five core competencies from CASEL, relationship skills is defined as the ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding bonds with diverse individuals and groups. As a member of your community, better understanding and developing your own relationship skills will help you communicate with others and better understand their needs and strengths, as well. Read More

In the ever changing education landscape, educators and students are constantly required to make decisions that impact them and others.  In order to analyze situations and solve problems, individuals must make constructive choices about their personal behavior and their social interactions.   Before educators can effectively guide students through the process of responsible decision making, they must self-reflect and identify ways to improve their own decision-making skills.  The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has identified five competencies that are crucial to effective social and emotional learning (SEL) for children and adults. Responsible decision making is one of those competencies. During this course, participants will take a journey of self-reflection and growth while exploring the Responsible Decision-Making competency. Read More

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has identified five competencies that are crucial to effective social and emotional learning for children and adults. Self-awareness making is one of those competencies, and this course will guide educators through personal self-examination.  In our schools, educators are not only required to understand one’s own attitudes and opinions, but also are expected to recognize the limitations of self and how different self-aspects influence their teaching. Socially and emotionally, educators understand that their behaviors are influenced by multiple personal factors, such as their background experiences, personality, emotions, knowledge base, opinions, and attitudes. They also are aware that their students’ behaviors are influenced by equally distinct personal factors and that they must bridge differences with their students to build strong interpersonal relations and engage students in learning.   Read More

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