Students in the Center: A Project of the Albuquerque Teachers Federation

In recent years, our students have been coming to us with more and more social and emotional needs. This is especially compounded by life in a pandemic. As educators, we know that it is extremely important that we work to build relationships with our students while conducting remote learning.

Do you need support in further developing and building your skills to address the emotional and social well-being of your students during remote learning?

If so, your union is here to help. Students in the Center: A Project of the Albuquerque Teachers Federation is a cadre of educational professionals who will work throughout this year to support you and your students.

We’ve carefully researched and are now suggesting a few resources that might be helpful to you in fostering these relationships. Take a look at our first set of lesson plans, tip sheets, and resources developed for you with a focus on creating relationships via remote learning.

We put together this short list of useful Share My Lesson resources. We hope this is helpful.

(Share My Lesson is owned and operated by the American Federation of Teachers.  Share My Lesson is the premier digital platform where educators can collaborate and share standards-aligned learning resources such as lesson plans, classroom strategies, and professional development webinars—at no cost.)

Scroll to the end of thei article to find a unique opportunity for AFT MEMBERS ONLY!



Staff from the Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility will share strategies for encouraging social and emotional learning and self-care in our students through remote learning platforms.

Games, active listening, communication

PowerPoint presentation for Grades 2;3;4 and 5/6 touching upon some of the elements of Social & Emotional Aspects of Learning theme Relationships. Focuses on friendships and stimulates discussion.

Facing History and Ourselves: Getting to know each other and building relationships, Creating classroom community.

Blog post- Motivating students duringremote learning

On-demand webinar w/ handouts

Blog post- Exploring Strategies for Facilitating Effective Online Discussions

Preschool resource digital tool w/ teacher resources

Engaging Parents during the pandemic, some resources to review.

Colorín Colorado’s ELL and immigrant parent resources.

Working with students with special needs.

Planning Ahead with Capstones: Project-Based Lessons for a Changing School Environment:  Capstone projects, developed by AFT members, are educator-vetted, project-based lessons that can be used at the start of the school year, during the school year, or as end-of-the year culminating instruction. Utilizing universal design for learning, grade-level standards, differentiation strategies, and performance-based assessments, these lessons for grades K-12 integrate the best practices for teaching diverse populations of students.

For ATF Members:

Introducing the Three Rs: How to Ignite Learning, Buffer Stress and Promote Resilience

Every educator is facing an unprecedented challenge this fall. This is why the American Federation of Teachers has partnered with Turnaround for Children to bring you a series of professional learning opportunities to help in supporting students through the lens of relationships and understanding the strategies to help every student succeed.

Turnaround for Children translates scientific knowledge about how children develop and learn in context into evidence-based integrated tools and strategies that enable all children to reach their full potential and prepare them for the lives they choose, no matter how much adversity they experience.

To accomplish this, we must adapt our systems and practices so that learning can move with the learner, wherever that learner may be. It is more important now than ever before for educators to be able to design and establish calm, safe, supportive environments and experiences for children that support each and every student with strength, humanity and confidence, even as schools reopen remotely—by focusing on three R’s: relationships, routines and resilience.

We invite you to take advantage of this meaningful four-part learning opportunity. REGISTER NOW! Participants must attend all sequential sessions, with the same group, to receive a certificate of completion. Your session will be specially designed to meet the needs of your grade level and position.

Kickoff session: Sept. 15, 6:30 p.m. EDT
All participants must attend this session to participate in the learning series. Turnaround for Children founder and senior science advisor Pamela Cantor, M.D., will draw on discoveries from the science of learning and development to answer these questions: How do young people discover what they are capable of? What is any young person capable of under the right conditions? Is all stress bad for you? What is going to happen to learning development in the era of COVID-19? Are there opportunities and, if so, how can we optimize them?

Relationships: Learn about the science behind the human relationship—and the power of positive developmental relationships as the “active ingredient” in any learning environment; they boost oxytocin and activate the learning centers of the brain. Participants will learn both the “why’” and “how” of practical strategies for strengthening and maintaining relationships, both in the classroom and in distance learning settings.

Routines: Our brains are prediction machines that like order; when our environments are orderly, the brain is calmer. In this session, participants will learn practical strategies for building routines in all learning settings.

Resilience: Building resilience is likely the most important task we have, for ourselves and our children during this time. AFT members will learn about the Building Blocks for Learning framework and how to build on the existing strengths of all learners to bolster the skills, mindsets and habits to regulate emotions, actions and behavior—so that all children have an opportunity to thrive this fall and well beyond.

For Early Childhood and Elementary School Educators | REGISTER

  • Introductory Session: Sept. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. EDT
  • Relationships: Sept. 29, 6-8 p.m. EDT
  • Routines: Oct. 27, 6-8 p.m. EDT
  • Resiliency: Dec. 1, 6-8 p.m. EST

For Secondary School Educators | REGISTER

  • Introductory Session: Sept. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. EDT
  • Relationships: Sept. 30, 6-8 p.m. EDT
  • Routines: Oct. 28, 6-8 p.m. EDT
  • Resiliency: Dec. 2, 6-8 p.m. EST

For School Support Staff | REGISTER

  • Introductory Session: Sept. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. EDT
  • Relationships: Oct. 1, 6-8 p.m. EDT
  • Routines: Oct. 29, 6-8 p.m. EDT
  • Resiliency: Dec. 3, 6-8 p.m. EST

Space is limited! Join the AFT Professional Learning Community to learn more or register using the links above.

We look forward to your participation.