May 21, 2021 · 3 min read

Resources for Educators to Support Student Well-being and Learning


Experts from the EdTech Evidence Exchange, Education Trust, National Parents Union, UCSF Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools (HEARTS), and more joined the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) at the Education Writer Association’s (EWA) National Seminar, to discuss research, resources, and tools to help educators foster well-being and resilience for students in the face of unprecedented stress, while also supporting academic achievement during the return to school this fall.

Watch below:

Learning Loss vs. Wellbeing: Why We Don’t Have to Choose

It’s been more than a year since COVID-19 began dictating many aspects of our lives, including our health and emotional well-being. The impacts of the pandemic are on top of other stressors that people are experiencing, including the trauma-inducing effects of structural racism that have been laid bare over the past year. Watch a discussion with experts on how schools and districts are fostering well-being and resilience for students and teachers in the face of unprecedented stress while also supporting academic achievement.

Moderator: Ari Prothero, Staff Reporter at Education Week


  • Joyce Dorado Ph.D., Co-Founder and Director of UCSF Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools (HEARTS)
  • Denise Forte, Interim CEO at Education Trust
  • Keri Rodrigues, Founding President of the National Parents Union
  • Tammy Stephens, Teacher at Bear Lake High School in Montpelier, Idaho

Covering Technology in the Classroom

As schools shifted to remote and hybrid learning in the pandemic, education technology (edtech) was thrust into the spotlight. With schools and districts spending more than $25 billion on edtech each year, what should reporters know about the technology in classrooms and the research that goes into developing it? Watch a discussion with experts and educators on this important topic.

Moderator: Greg Toppo, Freelance education writer and author


  • Melissa Collins, Ph.D., Second Grade Teacher at John P. Freeman Optional School in Memphis, Tenn.
  • Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D., Founder of the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Bart Epstein, President and CEO of the EdTech Evidence Exchange
  • Nilesh Patel, School Leader in Residence at Kairos Academies, St. Louis, Mo.

The Power of One-on-One Check-ins

How are you doing today? These five words and other reflection questions have proven invaluable for teachers to connect one-on-one with their students. In recent years, research has confirmed what any great teacher will tell you: when we know our students, they learn better. Join us for a discussion with current and former educators on the impact of evidence-based approaches to meaningful check-ins with students, whether through scheduled mentoring sessions or emerging technologies.

Moderator: Samia Zaidi, Director of Educator Success at Gradient Learning


  • Daniel Motta, Teacher at LEAD Innovation Studio, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Laura Tollis, Teacher at Saline Middle School, Michigan


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