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Supporting Social-Emotional-Behavioral Health (SEBH) for Educators

Learn what students did to keep themselves well during online learning

Staff, family, and student social-emotional-behavioral health is integral to effective instruction and student engagement.

The Iowa Department of Education has created SEBH modules that are self-paced and available for free on a variety of SEBH topics:

  • Emotional Safety
  • Well-Being & Self-Care
  • Expectations & Routines
  • Connectedness & Engagement
  • Cyberbullying Prevention, and 
  • Using Student Connection Data
    • For Leadership Teams
    • For Teachers

Additional Preschool modules are available for Relationships and Routines, as online learning resources continue to be added for additional grade levels.

Within these modules, proactive, positive habits are offered such as the strategy of Relationship Mapping.

Critical support options are offered such as:

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Your Life Iowa Crisis Chat (24/7)
Iowans can chat live, text, or call and get reliable information and treatment options, and find nearby help when facing a problem with alcohol, drugs, gambling, mental health or suicidal thoughts.


Checklist for Emotional Safety/Trauma/Distress

Trauma/Toxic Stress Checklist

Children who have experienced trauma/toxic stress/not feel safe may exhibit a range of symptoms. This can be evident from one pronounced symptom or a combination. The below is intended to be a checklist for considering the symptoms and whether they may be related to trauma/stress/not feeling safe. It is not intended to be comprehensive nor is there a specific number of symptoms that would indicate trauma/stress response. You can find additional symptoms and recommended supports based on symptoms in this short educators guide: Working with Students Exposed to Trauma: What Trauma Can Look Like in the Classroom (and School) adapted from: Helping Traumatized Children Learn

Changes in School Performance

  • Increased/High absenteeism
  • Increased suspensions/expulsions
  • Lower GPA

Impairment in Learning

  • Difficulty comprehending cause-and effect relationships
  • Taking or understanding another’s perspective
  • Difficulty attending to classroom tasks
  • Difficulty with executive functions (e.g., concentration, attention, memory, organization, focus and process information, problem solving and/or planning)
  • Difficulty engaging in the curriculum
  • Difficulty with social and emotional communication

Physical & Emotional Distress

  • Conflicts with peers/teachers
  • Reactivity or Impulsivity (e.g., over/under reacting)
  • Frustration and anxiety
  • Aggression
  • Defiance (e.g., resisting transition/change, blowing up when corrected etc.)
  • Withdrawal
  • Perfectionism 
  • Physical Symptoms, such as frequent stomach or headaches   

Developed from:

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators (October 2008).

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