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Master of Science



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Jennifer Lucko, PhD

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Jennifer Lucko, PhD

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Matthew Davis, PhD


Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a pedagogical approach that aims to support the whole student’s academic, social, and emotional growth. CASEL (2020) purports that SEL addresses inequity and empowers youth. While combating inequity is the ideal, the vast majority of SEL programs are not designed in accordance with the teaching practices of Culturally Relevant Teaching (CRT) and Trauma Informed Pedagogy (TIP). Consequently, SEL programs perpetuate inequity for marginalized and minoritized students when lacking cultural and trauma considerations (Boldt, et al., 2020). This study explored if and how teachers differentiate and integrate Social and Emotional Learning, Culturally Relevant Teaching, and Trauma Informed Pedagogy in their teaching to support Latine students' social and emotional needs. Qualitative interviews examined: 1) How do teachers in predominantly Latine, low-income elementary schools bridge existing Social and Emotional Learning programs to meet the unique needs of their Latine students? and 2) How do these adaptations draw from models for Culturally Relevant Teaching and/or Trauma Informed Pedagogy? This research was conducted during the 2020 world-wide pandemic of SARS-CoV-2. Teacher participants are from two elementary school sites in Northern California that serve predominantly Latine students. Most of the study pool of teachers placed SEL aside during the academic year to focus solely on academics. The research revealed that teachers found SEL and CRT to be relevant despite their own lack of SEL implementation, and that teacher knowledge on TIP is severely lacking. The research highlights the need for SEL to be integrated with Culturally Relevant Teaching and Trauma Informed Pedagogy to wholly serve Latine students.

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