4. The long-term effects of COVID-19 on students and schools will take years to understand. It is widely acknowledged that arts education provides authentic ways for students to build long-term social-emotional competencies (such as self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, empathy, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making). How will you provide school communities with the tools and resources needed to confront and address trauma while fostering a welcoming, supportive environment?
Our school communities have acutely felt impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. As students return to school, they must have access to professionals to help them and their families overcome the trauma of the past year. In addition to social workers and guidance counselors in every school, teachers must be trained in trauma-informed education to mitigate stress and nurture interests for students.