Tools Educators Can Use
Education research often never makes it into the hands of educators – meaning current, evidence-based strategies aren’t reaching the people who can put them to use or the kids who could benefit from them. The First Book Accelerator collaborates with experts to turn research and best practices into tools in a matter of weeks, bringing the most up-to-date information and resources to our network of more than 550,000 educators and the millions of children they serve.
First Book Accelerator resources are created and refined based on a constant cycle of educator feedback. To date, resources include research-based tools on childhood trauma, essential life skills, cultural diversity, social and emotional learning, family engagement, and other topics, translated into more than 150 toolkits, trainings, webinars, and reading and activity guides.
In October 2021, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Children’s Hospital Association joined together to declare a National State of Emergency in Children’s Mental Health – a crisis exacerbated by the stress of the pandemic and inequities resulting from structural racism. The declaration cited soaring rates of depression, anxiety, trauma, loneliness, and suicidality.
This Accelerator resource was developed in response to First Book’s educators’ concerns about the mental health challenges faced by students. The guide contains best practices and activities to optimize mental fitness and emotional resilience and decrease stress and anxiety.
Every educator across the country should have this resource in their classroom.
First Book educator, on the Trauma Toolkit