The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is pleased to announce the release of the next tool in The Roadmap for Education Leaders: Creating Equitable School Systems. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has created a toolkit to help school entities continue to plan for staff and student wellness in their local context. This toolkit does not, and is not intended to, prescribe a specific course of action. This toolkit offers resources to consider when determining (a) effective methods of communication with stakeholders, (b) universal practices to address social and emotional needs, and to create safe, welcoming and equitable learning environments and (c) conditions for monitoring and supporting identified staff and students demonstrating needs related to social-emotional and psychological supports. As inequities are identified in educational systems, whether as a result of the pandemic closure or newly discovered through professional learning around equity and systemic oppression, the importance of ensuring psychological safety for staff and students in our educational communities cannot be understated.
The Staff and Student Wellness Guide is available on PDE’s website.
Watch an archived webinar, developed by the Office for Safe Schools that offers a facilitated walkthrough of the staff and student wellness guide.