6 Super Parent and Teacher Resources to Promote Social Emotional Learning at Home

Children need social and emotional learning skills to cope. But how do we integrate SEL into remote lesson plans? In this post, I'll share how we can help students volunteer from home. Volunteering opportunities are one of the easiest ways to make SEL actionable at home. Here are 6 steps to help it happen.

This blog post is sponsored by WE and The Allstate Foundation as part of the WE Volunteer Now campaign sponsored by The Allstate Foundation. All opinions are my own.

We've been celebrating National Volunteer week this week! Last week, we started a series of episodes that have helped us gear up with ways to volunteer at home.

1 – Understand the research behind social-emotional learning and volunteerism.

Recently I talked to Dr. Kim Shonert-Reichl in “Helping Kids Be Healthy from Home” about the research behind helping children be stable and healthy while at home during these challenging days. In addition to the impact on health and well-being, children need to feel like they make a difference. Volunteering helps them do that.

2 – Learn how volunteerism is connected to Social-Emotional Skills Development

Watch the Global Classroom: WE Volunteer Now! on VOD to discover how to kickstart your kids' volunteerism journey, learn about the benefits of volunteerism, and how it is connected to SEL skills development.

3 – Pick a virtual volunteer action

You can volunteer virtually and it can be just as beneficial as going out into the community. There's a fantastic tip sheet you can download from the WE Schools site. Three of my fave's include connecting with a local food bank, tutoring from home to help a child (you can do this virtually), or just being kind and surprising a family member. You'll want to read and share the rest with your students.

4- Consider how SEL can fit in with your school.

Read the WE Schools Foundational Module which is a marvelous flipbook with ideas for integrating SEL into all aspects of your classroom.

5 – Remember to Reflect When You Volunteer

When you volunteer, use the WE Volunteer Now Resource to reflect on what you did and how you can improve next time. This is a great template to get you started.

6 – Listen to what other kids are doing


Jameson from New York has organized a ‘Circle of Friends' to help encourage the children of health care workers. (See video above.) He's doing this while he is at home.

Share ideas from Jameson and others (see video above) as you discuss with students how they can give back from home.

Volunteer Now

You can volunteer now from home. In fact, I think it is more important than ever. You can help others now and students will improve their well being and emotional health as they join in national volunteer week this week and beyond. Let's do this!

Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored blog post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers and are from companies I can recommend. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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