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Perspective | Supporting the social and emotional well-being of school communities during COVID-19

At a time when COVID-19 still presents a significant public health threat, education leaders are working hard to develop plans to keep students physically safe through a variety of remote and in-person learning options for the upcoming school year. But we must remember that there is work to be done to ensure the social and emotional well-being of our students and educators, as well. Today on Education Matters, we talk with leaders with the Public School Forum’s Resilience and Learning Project as well as school counselors and a social worker to learn more about what we need to do to ensure the social and emotional well-being of our school communities across the state.


Elizabeth DeKonty, Director, Forum’s NC Resilience & Learning Project

Stacey Craig Riberdy, LCSW, Consultant, Forum’s NC Resilience & Learning Project 

Garfield Martin, School Counselor, Cooper Academy, Johnston County

Carmen White, School Counselor, McGee’s Crossroads Elementary, Johnston County

Yvette Richardson, School Social Worker, Nash Rocky Mount Schools

Public School Forum of North Carolina

Since 1986, the Public School Forum of North Carolina has been an indispensable and nonpartisan champion of better schools and the most trusted source in the state for research and analysis on vital education issues. We bring together leaders from business, education, and government to study education issues, develop ideas, seek consensus, and ultimately inform and shape education policy. We do that through research, policy work, innovative programs, advocacy, and continuing education for educators and policymakers.