As we anticipate the future of our students, we need to keep in mind the emotional needs of students.
Kathleen Minke, the executive director of the National Association of School Psychologists, made this observation:
“School psychologists know that academic efforts cannot proceed without addressing psychological and emotional trauma. Learning will not occur unless the emotional needs of both students and adults are addressed. Indeed, pretending that everything is 'normal' will likely exacerbate underlying traumas and further delay genuine recovery.”
She recommends these ideas:
- Recovery plan
- Assess, don’t assume
- Develop a resource plan
- Use Professional Development