August 2021: Back to School

Dear Educators,

On behalf of SEEN, welcome back to the new school year.  This month’s Scene with SEEN offers an opportunity for district educators as well as resources to help you think about how to approach this academic year. As the start of school approaches, we expect you are mulling over the questions that inevitably arise for educators every August: What will your classroom look like?  What will your classroom feel like? What messages are you sending your students in those vital first weeks together? What values are you highlighting? We hope that the resources below help you to consider.

We are sharing a lot this month – mostly because there is so much great stuff out there. But as always, start with what feels manageable and bookmark the materials that you find especially useful!

Opportunity for district educators: Last year, a group of educators from SSCSD met monthly with the members of SEEN’s Faculty and Staff committee to discuss the book We Want to Do More Than Survive by Dr. Bettina Love. This year they plan to continue these meetings but with shorter texts, podcasts, and/or movies. If you are interested in joining or would like to know more, please email We look forward to hearing from you!

*** A short note before delving into the resources. The High Holidays – Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur – are the holiest days in Judaism. They mark the start of a new year with celebration, reflection, and atonement. This year Rosh Hashanah falls on September 7 and Yom Kippur on September 16. Please be mindful of colleagues who may have conflicts with the superintendent’s conference day on the 7th and with students who may have a busy schedule over the day off for Yom Kippur.


Establishing your classroom climate:

Setting up your classroom space:

Have a great start to the school year and thanks as always for everything you do for the students of SSCSD!