Social Emotional Health and Wellness


U.S. Department of Education Newcomer Toolkit
This resource provides information on topics relevant to understanding, supporting, and engaging newcomer students and their families. The toolkit provides tools, strategies, examples of classroom and school wide practices, and professional learning tools that will help educators create a welcoming and supportive environment for newcomer students.

Welcoming, Registering, and Supporting Newcomer Students: A Toolkit for Educators of Immigrant and Refugee Students in Secondary Schools
This resource is intended to help educators identify and use research-based practices, policies, and procedures for welcoming, registering, and supporting newcomer immigrant and refugee students who are attending secondary schools in the United States, as well as their families (grades 6–12).

Support for Immigrant and Refugee Students: Fostering a Safe and Inclusive Learning Environment in California’s PreK-12 Schools
This curriculum developed by Californians Together provides teachers with resources to support their undocumented students and students experiencing emotional distress due to their families’ immigration status. The lessons focus on building empathy and include literature-based discussions centered on key socio-emotional themes experienced by this community.

Creating a Welcoming and Healing Environment for Newly Arriving Afghan Children and Families
This recorded webinar was produced by the University of Minnesota School of Social Work. It details strategies for school personnel to welcome Afghan children and youth.

Social Emotional Needs of Afghan Refugees
Prepared by the Office of Student Services at the Virginia Department of Education, this presentation explores the effects of trauma on Afghan newcomers as well as offers resources to support students as they enter U.S. schools.

Supporting Child and Student Social, Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental Health Needs
This resource from the U.S. Department of Education is designed to provide information and resources to enhance the promotion of mental health and the social and emotional well-being among children and students. This resource highlights seven key challenges to providing school- or program-based mental health support across early childhood, K–12 schools, and higher education settings, and presents seven corresponding recommendations. This resource includes many real-world examples of how the recommendations are being put into action by schools, communities, and states across the country.

Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
PBIS works to improve the capacity of state education agencies (SEAs), local education agencies (LEAs), and schools to establish, scale-up, and sustain the PBIS framework to scale up for students at risk of disabilities; to enhance school climate and school safety; and to improve conditions for learning to promote well-being of all students. This resource includes considerations for supporting English learners and students who have immigrated to the U.S.

National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI)
The NCPMI provides technical assistance to improve and support the capacity of state systems and local programs to implement an early childhood multi-tiered system of support to improve the social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes of young children with and at risk for developmental disabilities or delays. This resource is entitled “Emergencies and National Disasters: Helping Children and Families Cope.”

Multitiered System of Supports for English Learners (MTSS for Els)
This is a Model Demonstration Research Project sponsored by the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education. This is a culturally and linguistically responsive model for a multitiered system of supports for ELs, including those with or at risk of having a disability.

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA)
The ECTA was designated the HUB for early childhood (birth to 5) for all resources for COVID-19. They have resources on disaster planning and trauma response, remote service delivery and distance learning, family resources and COVID-19 resources. Included on this site is a resource on Trauma and Stress provided by ZERO to THREE.

Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety
The purpose of the Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety is to provide technical assistance to support States and districts in the implementation of social and emotional learning evidence-based programs and practices.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network
This website has resources related to psychological first aid and supporting displaced children and families as well as many resources on refugee trauma.

IRIS Center
The IRIS Center develops and disseminates free, engaging online resources about evidence-based instructional and behavioral practices to support the education of all students, particularly struggling learners and those with disabilities.

Last Modified: 03/21/2022