The National Center for School Safety will be hosting a webinar on supporting students and families in transition. Whether students and parents feel welcomed and treated with respect can have a lasting impact on their perceptions of a school, whether they view it as a caring place, and how students fare academically, socially, and emotionally. Teachers, administrators, and other educators can make a huge difference by welcoming children and families—not just when they walk in the door of the school or classrooms every day, but also when they use websites and other virtual tools to communicate with students. Welcoming becomes even more important during the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. It is keenly relevant to roles schools play during political and cultural change. The Black Lives Matter demonstrations demand more equitable practices for Black students in schools that specifically focus on how students are treated in multiple school contexts. In these social and political circumstances, how should transitions be structured to make students feel welcomed, connected, and honored—either online, face to face, or in a hybrid manner?
This webinar focuses on ways that schools can foster positive development and resiliency during difficult school transitions. It also provides a variety of examples of what schools are doing to support students and families going through these changes.
This webinar is part three of a three-part series on fostering a holistic positive school climate for the 2020-2021 school year while addressing concerns related to COVID-19 and racial unrest.