Comfort Dogs, Self-Directed Learning, and a New Social Contract for Education

Insights from Educate, 19th Edition

Jennifer Osborne
Educate.

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Welcome to Insights from Educate, a curated biweekly newsletter of professional learning and inspiration from authentic voices in education.

Whew! It has been a year. Well, it’s been two years, really. We now use Zoom as a verb and have realized the extent of our digital inequalities. Teachers that were reticent to use technology in the classroom, or perhaps lacked the training to do so, were thrust into full-on remote learning without a safety net in sight.

As we continue to come up for air after being drowned in pandemic-driven chaos and uncertainty, it is crucial that we build in the mental health support systems that are so desperately missing from our schools. We need more counselors, psychologists, nurses, and other support staff. We need teachers that are trained in social-emotional learning, learning differences, and neurodiversity. We need to recognize that school isn’t just about math and reading; it’s so much more. A few of the latest articles in Educate dive into what schools should be doing.

As I wind down from my first semester as a full-fledged Ph.D. student, I am coming back to the newsletter energized and more convinced than ever that we need to bridge education…

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Jennifer Osborne
Educate.

Educational Leadership Policy Ph.D. Student ⎪Editor of Educate. medium.com/educate-pub