In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month 2022, observed annually in May, Discovery Education and partners are proud to present educators, students, and families a diverse array of dynamic digital resources supporting the mental health of students everywhere.
Centered this year on the theme “Together for Mental Health,” Mental Health Awareness Month supports all forms of mental wellness. The following resources created in collaboration with social impact partners support students’ wellness through family and educator empowerment:
Professional Development Content
Deepen educator capacity around social-emotional learning (SEL) and its various applications in a variety of learning environments with professional learning resources from the Social-Emotional Learning Coalition, a network of partners committed to bringing critical, culturally relevant social-emotional learning resources into core instruction to support educators and students nationwide.
Foster a SEL-focused teaching strategy with on-demand e-learning modules designed to strengthen understanding of trauma-informed educational practices and policies that foster a student-centered learning environment from Ready, Set, RISE! – a unique educational initiative that enhances teacher performance and student outcomes through improved stress-management skills and greater overall social-emotional learning from Kaiser Permanente, Alliance for a Healthier Generation (Healthier Generation), and Discovery Education.
Families play a critical role in children’s wellness. With resources from Amazing Me – an initiative from Dove Self-Esteem Project and Discovery Education – parents and caretakers can play an active role in social-emotional learning, health, and confidence-building for students at critical developmental ages.
Empower students to raise their voice for social change through the fourth annual Stronger Than Hate Challenge. Students aged 13-18 can win $6,000 for submitting a project demonstrating how testimony can create a community that is stronger than hate. Submissions are due May 26th. The Stronger Than Hate Challenge demonstrates the power of learning from the past and raising one’s voice to counter hate. The Challenge is presented by USC Shoah Foundation (USC Shoah Foundation) and Discovery Education, the worldwide edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place.
Users of Discovery Education’s K-12 platform can discover all this content and more in the SEL Center located within the Discovery Education K-12 learning platform. Created by the SEL Coalition, the Social-Emotional Learning Center presents a curated collection of hundreds of resources designed to support educators as they integrate SEL into core instruction and help students develop social and emotional competencies. The SEL Center includes resources focused on educator professional development and school culture including microlearnings, instructional strategies and ready-to-use slide shows. Designed for all K-12 students and educators, the Center features multi-modal, student-facing digital content aligned to the five SEL competencies from Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and includes Virtual Field Trips, videos, podcasts, mindfulness exercises, songs, and reading passages.
The SEL Center is made possible in part through partnerships with The Allstate Foundation, the National AfterSchool Association, and Ask, Listen, Learn. The SEL Center resources feature Discovery Education original resources, content from trusted partners like CASEL, Inner Explorer, and Everyday Speech, as well as content created in partnership with The Allstate Foundation, and Ask, Listen, Learn.
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 37% of youth have had poor mental health since 2020,” said Beth Meyer, Vice President of Social Impact at Discovery Education. “This data points to the fact that we are at a critical point in K-12 education right now regarding the challenge of student mental wellness. Partnerships for creating resources supporting student mental wellness– like those featured here – are more important than ever, and we all have a role in supporting this important work.”
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The American Consortium for Equity in Education, publisher of the "Equity & Access" journal, celebrates and connects the educators, associations, community partners and industry leaders who are working to solve problems and create a more equitable environment for historically underserved pre K-12 students throughout the United States.