Jan 5, 2018, Kearney (NE) Hub: Workshop equips KPS educators with new tools to help students' http://www.kearneyhub.com/news/local/workshop-equips-kps-educators-with-new-tools-to-help-students/article_65fd818a-cdc8-5217-8ebd-8579442ccab0.html Teachers are headed into the second semester of the school year with new tools to help students regulate their emotions, deal with trauma, or stay calmer in the classroom. Students returned to school today, but the day before, all Kearney Public School teachers participated in an in-service day focused on students’ social and emotional development, a new district education initiative. According to Director of Student Services Carol Renner, social-emotional education is a growing trend in schools across the country, and it’s something people are concerned about in Kearney. “One of the big elements that the community and the teachers told us that was needed was helping kids to work on their social growth, their self-regulation, their emotional strength,” Renner said. As a result, the district decided to include social-emotional education in its new strategic plan. … Teachers from all school levels were able to attend workshop sessions, either learning about strategies they could implement in their classrooms or about community resources available to come alongside the schools in caring for students’ social and emotional health.