How are charter public schools supporting the social-emotional wellbeing of students during the pandemic?
The answer to that question is at the center of our latest Portrait of the Movement report: Are the Kids OK? How California Charter Public Schools Support Social-Emotional Wellbeing Schoolwide
Through our conversations with charter school students and educators, we discovered four core tenants of successful social-emotional wellbeing:
- Building trusting relationships
- Delivering tailored support
- Fostering family and community partnerships
- Focusing on growth and positivity
Dani George, an 8th grader from SOAR Charter Academy, provides us with insights about how student surveys/teacher check-ins have built trust and ensured tailored support. WATCH:
In another conversation, Vibrant Minds Charter School Assistant Director Chammarra Nguyen says family-centered events on campus keep students and parents connected, as well as positive and growing. WATCH:
We also learn through the report that the commitment to students and their wellbeing and mental health is widespread throughout the charter school community: 93% of charter public schools have used some of their COVID relief funds to make significant new investments in their social-emotional and mental health support for students, according to the California Department of Public Health.
This focus is helping to ensure that charter schools across our state are nurturing environments where every student can learn, grow, and heal from a disruptive and prolonged pandemic.