October 20, 2020

Free SEL Program to Support Return to Post-COVID Classroom

Enrollment is now open for the calmversationTM learning foundation’s free Back-to-School Care Kit at calmversation.org


Vancouver, BC, August 18, 2020 – As educators, students and families gear up for a return to the COVID-19 classroom, the calmversationTM learning foundation, a not-for-profit organization developing K-12 Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) programs, is releasing a free 12-week care kit to support educators in easing students’ transition back to school. Funded by the Canadian Red Cross and the Government of Canada, the Back-to-School Care Kit consists of 40 lesson plans that will be released weekly, beginning on August 24th. Teachers and homeschoolers, can now enroll for free at calmversation.org.

calmversationTM’s much-needed Back-to-School Care Kit offers educators a step-by-step Social and Emotional Learning program to help students navigate the return to the classroom, whether that be in-person or virtually. During a time of uncertainty and instability, the care kit aims to support educators in creating a safe, joyful and connected learning experience, through resources, tools, and educational support.

“Providing Social and Emotional Learning opportunities for students is critical at a time when children are returning to school after months of uncertainty, social isolation and virtual learning,” says Jena Sharma, Founder, calmversationTM learning foundation. “Through calmversationTM’s free Back-to-School Care Kit, we will equip teachers and homeschoolers with the tools necessary to positively impact the social and emotional well-being of students and minimize anxiety and apprehension as they head back to the classroom.”

calmversationTM’s Back-to-School Care Kit will include activities, discussion prompts, videos, visual assets, and guidelines on:

  • The New Normal – Creating new classroom norms and establishing a safe, respectful, and compassionate social distancing environment
  • Creating a Calming Classroom Space – How to create a calming and safe physical space for students, either in-class or at home
  • Creating a Safe and Inclusive Learning Environment – Bringing calm to the lesson plan, performing emotional check-ins with students, and setting the tone for a safe space where students feel heard and are comfortable to share concerns and experiences
  • Social Justice – Communication tools for covering topics relating to race, privilege, and prejudice
  • Self-care and Support for Educators

Through the generous financial support of the Canadian Red Cross and the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund led by Employment and Social Development Canada, the program will be available to educators for free until November 30th.

In addition to the care kit, the calmversationTM learning foundation will be launching a series of online workshops and live Facebook events to engage educators on subjects relating to the current social climate, address concerns and provide community, support and training.

The calmversationTM learning foundation is a Vancouver-based not-for-profit organization driven by a group of thoughtful, creative and dedicated educators, counsellors, researchers and parents committed to the positive transformation of the educational landscape. Their innovative K-12 Social and Emotional Learning program provides teachers and educators with an online curriculum, unique tools and resources that can be implemented in the classroom or virtually.

For more information please visit calmversation.org.

Social Media Links
Facebook – facebook.com/calmversationlearning
Instagram – @calmversation.learning

About calmversationTM learning foundation

Founded in 2016, the calmversationTM learning foundation is a Vancouver-based not-for-profit organization innovating the delivery of K-12 education with an online curriculum, unique tools and resources to support children’s social, emotional and intellectual development. Their structured Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) program was designed for teachers to implement in their classrooms either face-to-face or virtually. For more information visit calmversation.org.

Media Contact:
Julia Wilkinson

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