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ED Webinar 5/12: Lessons from the Field: How Schools and Districts are Meeting the Social-Emotional and Mental Health Needs of Students and Staff


Lessons from the Field: How Schools and Districts are

Meeting the Social-Emotional and Mental Health Needs of Students and Staff


Wednesday, May 12, 2021 3:00 - 4:15 PM ET


Attention: Education Agencies, Education Providers and Student Support Staff


The U.S. Department of Education is hosting a webinar series to support educational settings in safely sustaining or returning to in-person instruction. The series features lessons learned and best practices from teachers, faculty, staff, schools, districts, institutions of higher education, early childhood education providers, other places of educational instruction, describing approaches to reopening and operating safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.


On behalf of the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office of Safe and Supportive Schools, the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) invites you to join the next webinar, Lessons from the Field: How Schools and Districts Are Meeting the Social-Emotional and Mental Health Needs of Students and Staff.


Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 Time: 3:00-4:15 pm EST


Please join us for this informative webinar featuring updates from key federal agencies and practical strategies from schools and districts engaged in supporting the social-emotional and mental health needs of students and staff as they continue to offer in-person instruction or return to full in-person instruction safely. The session will first provide information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and then include a panel discussion with practitioners sharing lessons learned and best practices designed to support social-emotional and mental health needs at schools.




  • ·       Ruth Ryder: Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
  • ·       Dr. Kathleen A. Ethier: Director, Division of Adolescent and School Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • ·       Dr. Anita Everett: Director, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • ·       Representatives from Local Education Agencies


Related Documents

This event will reference the following resources, which we encourage you to download in advance of the webinar to inform participation:

Well-being During the COVID-19 Pandemic—COVID Experiences Survey


For your reference, slides for this presentation will be posted on the event webpage on the day of the event.




You must register to participate in this presentation.

Register Here!

Please contact NCSSLE if you have any questions. We look forward to sharing this information with you

and hearing from you about the important work you are doing in your schools, communities, and states to meet the needs of your students and staff as they return to in-person instruction.

About the Author

Patrick Rooney is the Director of two offices--Evidence-Based Practices Assessment and Accountability and School Support and Accountability within ED’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. Before this recent appointment, Mr. Rooney was the Deputy Director of the Office of State Support.  Prior to joining the Office of State Support, Mr. Rooney worked in the Implementation and Support Unit, where he helped lead the work of the Reform Support Network, providing technical assistance to states implementing comprehensive Race to the Top reforms, and the Race to the Top Assessment program, which provided grants to groups of states to develop new assessments aligned to state’s college- and career-ready standards. Mr. Rooney also worked in the DC Office of State Superintendent of Education, where he was a senior policy advisor and worked on a wide variety of K-12 issues in the District of Columbia.