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Ideas and Best Practices from Navigate360’s “Addressing the Rise in Challenging Student Behaviors” Webinar

In our recent webinar “Addressing the Rise in Challenging Student Behaviors,” Dr. Crystal Ladwig, VP of Curriculum for Mental Health & Wellness for Navigate360 and Jeremy Tompkins, Coordinator for Student Engagement, Escambia County School District discussed how districts can address the significant rise in challenging student behaviors through SEL and behavioral intervention.

During that session, attendees shared ideas and practices they are encouraged by within their school or district. As a resource, we have compiled the list that was generated. Take a look at how your peers across the country are supporting students through holistic, well-rounded SEL programs and other tactics — from their classrooms to the home. Watch the on-demand webinar here. 

SEL Ideas for Administrators, Educators, and Staff

  • Facilitate honest and supportive conversations among staff
  • Show appreciation with a treat or small gift
  • Examine and update school counselor curriculum and job descriptions
  • Implement mental health services for all staff
  • Train staff on trauma-informed care
  • Begin faculty meetings with information on SEL topics like mindfulness, empathy, and burnout
  • Include crisis numbers on the back of all student and staff ID cards
  • Incorporate SEL on the district’s multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS)
  • Apply for mental health grants to increase funding for district-wide SEL and mental health resources
  • Partner with a local behavioral health organization to provide long-term counseling for students
  • Use school communication channels like bulletin boards and TV monitors to provide helpful SEL resources
  • Form an SEL committee with educators from each grade and ability level represented
  • Develop a suicide awareness program
  • Implement a kindness initiative, rewarding students for kind acts
  • Rotate a school counselor throughout each homeroom to provide an SEL lesson
  • Create a transition program for kids returning from hospitalization or other long-term absences
  • Have a virtual SEL curriculum for students out of school for an extended period of time

SEL Ideas for Classrooms

  • Use storytelling and community circles to build relationships
  • Create “cozy” or “calm down” corners in each classroom
  • Hold a dedicated check-in and reflect circle time
  • Conduct weekly mindfulness lessons
  • Use a mood meter to help kids identify feelings
  • Conduct regular mental health check-ins
  • Add a box with fidget toys to keep the students’ body active and mind open to communication and comprehension
  • Schedule movement breaks for students throughout the day

SEL Ideas for Behavioral Intervention

  • Focus on restorative practices over punitive measures to respond to challenging behavior
  • Create a “redirection” room that focuses on reflection and SEL rather than punishment
  • Develop a mentor program with at-risk students and teacher volunteers

SEL Ideas for Parents/Guardians

  • Host bi-monthly parent workshops based on their needs
  • Conduct parent discussions about various topics such as self-care, co-regulating at home, and school advocacy

Helpful On-Site Resources for SEL

  • School Counselor
  • Behavior Support Technician
  • Parent Involvement Specialist
  • Mental Health Coordinator
  • SEL Coordinator


Contact us today to learn how Navigate360 Social-Emotional Learning can help your school improve student behavior, foster mental health and create a more positive school climate.

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