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DESE COVID-19 SEL Initiative - REACH

Mission Statement: The Missouri DESE REACH Initiative strives to help schools ensure their students and staff feel safe, welcome, and supported through Trauma-Informed care aligned with Social-Emotional supports. 

As schools begin the 2020-21 school year, they are welcoming back students and staff members who have experienced unprecedented trauma, lost loved ones, experienced economic insecurity and missed crucial socialization opportunities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To address these needs, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has partnered with Alive and Well Communities- (Admin Memo CCR-20-002) to provide additional guidance documents, training sessions and engagement strategies for educators regarding social-emotional learning and development.

Recognizing needs
Educating schools and communities 
Adapting to a "new normal"
Connecting to resources
Helping build SEL capacity

Live Trainings, Recorded Trainings, and Written Guidance

Each month, experts host live conversations for educators to process a topic relevant to social and emotional learning. Topics range from educator well-being to building healthy relationships with parents and caregivers during COVID-19. If educators miss these opportunities for a live conversation, they can access the same advice in a written guidance document that accompanies these trainings, as well as watch a recorded training. You can use these recorded trainings and written documents to host your own workshop on your own schedule at your school.

December- Parent and Educator Partnership during COVID-19

December- Parent and Educator Partnership during COVID-19

Parents are our students' first teachers, and we know how important that role is for the health and well-being of our youth. We also know we are living through abnormal times and the ways in which parents, caregivers, and families are being pulled in a million different and unexpected directions requires assistance and resources. The trauma-informed lens is a critical element for our students, as well as their parents and caregivers. Join us as we navigate through the impacts of COVID-19 and support our families and schools into 2021.

November- Trauma-Informed Trainings for Classroom Management

November - Trauma-Informed Trainings for Classroom Management

Maintaining balance and order in the classroom can be challenging. Educators are going the extra mile to cope with the stress created by the global pandemic while sustaining a safe, healthy and productive learning environment for their students. For these reasons, and more, applying our trauma lens and following the principles of trauma-informed for decision making and communication is essential. Join us this month to discuss trauma-informed strategies for behavior and classroom management as we navigate  COVID-19.

Trauma-Informed Classroom Management (prerecorded webinar)

Behavior Management in the age of COVID-19 Guidance Document

October- Educator Well-Being

October- Educator Well-Being

Central to healthy and successful schools, learn about self-care, community-care, and the role of leaders in creating cultures of well-being

September- Grief

September- Grief

Central to healthy and successful schools, learn about self-care, community-care, and the role of leaders in creating cultures of well-being


August - First Day Guidance

August- Social Emotional Reentry Considerations


Peer-Led Supportive Spaces

Licensed mental health clinicians and peer educators will host regular opportunities for educators to process the impact of COVID-19 on mental wellness. This is a good opportunity for educators of all levels to begin to access supports to advance their own emotional wellness and that of their school community

REACH Team Trainings

Want to learn more about how trauma is impacting your students and community and how to begin using the Missouri Model for Trauma-Informed Schools? This training will help you launch your school’s journey. Gather a team from your school to attend one of these trainings, offered several times each month. You will leave this training with a customized plan for your school to put immediate strategies into action.

To register your school team for a January Trauma-Awareness training, please visit https://bit.ly/REACHTeamsJan

REACH Champions Leadership Cohort

This is a space for educational and executive leaders defined as Instructional Coaches/Facilitators, Assistant Principals, Principals, Specialized district personnel, Assistant/Associate Superintendents and Superintendents working in a Missouri K-12 institution, leading during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will have the opportunity to connect with other educators to support and learn from one another and to gain new skills in leading during a crisis.

Social-Emotional Crisis Taskforces

These regional taskforces include passionate, creative, and opened minded educators, youth, parents, and community leaders across the state. The taskforces will ensure each region is identifying local issues and priorities as it relates to social, emotional, and mental health during the economic and health recovery of COVID-19.