Family-school partnerships nurture student SEL

By Lorilei Swanson, Julia Beaty and Laurann Gallitto Patel
August 2021
The need for social and emotional learning (SEL) has increased since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unprecedented school closings have led to social isolation, illness, and economic hardship — exacerbating anxiety — and reopening plans continue to cause uncertainty and stress. These factors heighten the urgency to equip educators and school leaders to support the development of student SEL. SEL experts around the country have responded to the crisis by giving educators and school counselors resources, tool kits, guides, and professional learning to support student SEL. Federal and state governments have responded by providing COVID-19 relief funding specifically tied to supporting student SEL. But, too often, a key piece is missing: To sufficiently nurture their students’ SEL, educators must partner with families. Parents and

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Lorilei Swanson ( is the upstate regional family engagement liaison.

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Julia Beaty ( is the upper central regional family engagement liaison.

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Laurann Gallitto Patel ( is the midlands regional family engagement liaison at the Carolina Family Engagement Center.

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