Robbinsville's Quarterly Curriculum Newsletter
2020-2021 School Year
Welcome back! Like you, I am disheartened that COVID-19 has prevented us from having a "normal" start to the school year, but I am so proud of our students, staff, and families who have come together to make this work. We're are all modeling resilience as we learn new classroom routines and safety guidelines, navigate a variety of technology platforms, and continue to balance work and family. While we all might feel overwhelmed or anxious about our students' education, we appreciate your collaboration and assistance in providing our instructional program.
There is currently so much uncertainty in the world so I wanted to have our first newsletter of 2020-2021 focus on resources. Our district goals include enhancing remote learning, infusing trauma-informed and social and emotional learning instructional practices, and promoting equity and inclusion. Please see below to learn more about these important district initiatives and access helpful resources.
Thank you for your continued support!
Kimberly Tew, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction
Social and Emotional Learning and Trauma-Informed Instruction
Social and Emotional Learning ties directly to Trauma-Informed Instruction, which is an approach that helps staff leverage instructional practices and relationship strategies to support students who are impacted by trauma. The article linked above states, "Up to two-thirds of U.S. children have experienced at least one type of serious childhood trauma, such as abuse, neglect, natural disaster, or experiencing or witnessing violence. Trauma is possibly the largest public health issue facing our children today (CDC, 2019).Traumatized students are especially prone to difficulty in self-regulation, negative thinking, being on high alert, difficulty trusting adults, and inappropriate social interactions." We are well aware that the global pandemic might bring out negative thinking and behaviors; we know we must effectively respond to students' needs and create safe spaces to learn.