The Journal of Applied Instructional Design
This design case documents how a K-12 district took steps to systemically support virtual student wellness and belonging. Plans for course design to support social-emotional-academic learning (SEAL) competencies, increase perception of belonging, and create safe, predictable learning environments characteristic of a trauma-informed approach to teaching and learning are shared. The assumption virtual learners are not looking to experience belonging and cannot be successful unless they already have strong SEAL skills is challenged. Rather, the positioning of SEAL competencies as learning objectives rather than necessary prerequisites to access online learning proved to contribute to more equitable learning opportunities.
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Original Publication Citation
Herman, K., & Gill, M. (2023). Building belonging into the system. The Journal of Applied Instructional Design, 12(1), 27-44. https://edtechbooks.org/jaid_12_1/building_belonging_i
Herman, Kristin and Gill, Michelle, "Building Belonging Into the System" (2023). STEMPS Faculty Publications. 241.