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Supporting the Social and Emotional Needs of Educators and Students: Skills for Now and Planning for When Schools Reopen

Date: July 29, 2020

This three-part webinar series, hosted by REL West, the Region 15 Comprehensive Center, and the National Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety, is designed to support the social and emotional needs of educators and students during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Webinar 1: Strategies for Districts to Support Self-Care for Educators During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 29, 2020

Many lives have been significantly disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Millions of students are now learning at home, thousands of educators are teaching from home, and entire families and communities are on lockdown. In order to support others, however, educators must support themselves first.

This webinar offers practical information and guidance backed by research to help school staff cope with the stresses of school closures, service provision, and quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Presenters define the concept of self-care and discuss its importance for educators to address their own needs, so they are better able to support the needs of students and their school community. Strategies discussed align with three overarching themes:

  • Healthy mindsets
  • Connectedness and belonging
  • Healthy, realistic boundaries and interactions


  • Dr. Christina Pate
    Dr. Christina Pate is the deputy director of the National Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety. Her expertise includes school climate, social and emotional learning, health, wellness, and trauma-informed practices. She brings decades of experience as a clinician, applied researcher, and facilitator.
  • Dr. Kaylene Case
    Dr. Kaylene Case is a Behavior Specialist and School Psychologist for Douglas County School District in Colorado. She specializes in trauma and education and will be sharing her expertise as a staff developer and teacher coach.


The target audience for this webinar is district-level educators who support the social and emotional development and well-being of teachers and students.


Webinar 2: Strategies for Educators to Support the Social and Emotional Needs of Students Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Demand for Racial Justice: Plans for Reopening Schools

July 29, 2020


Educators and students alike are facing unprecedented uncertainty around the upcoming school year. Regardless of how learning is organized—remote, in-person, or hybrid—it is crucial for schools to focus on restoring environments and relationships that support student wellness, connection, and ultimately, achievement.

Panelists will share evidence-based information about social and emotional competencies that educators can use to rebuild conditions of success for students. Using a trauma-informed lens, strategies will address:

  • Creating safe and supportive school environments
  • Promoting family and community communication and collaboration
  • Fostering collective care

Webinar 3: The State Role in Encouraging Social and Emotional Learning in Schools in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Expected Date: September 2020


July 29, 2020


Contact Information
BethAnn Berliner,


  • Christina Pate, National Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety at WestEd
  • Kaylene Case, Douglas County School District
  • Zoë Jenkins, Social Media Co-Director, Prichard Committee Student Voice Team
  • Emanuelle Sippy, Co-Director, Prichard Committee Student Voice Team
  • Veronica Palmer, Co-Founder and CEO, RISE Colorado