Practice Brief

Calming Spaces in Schools and Classrooms

Laura Buckner
June 2022 | West Ed

This brief from WestEd describes the need for and purpose of calming spaces and the potential positive impacts that offering such spaces in schools or classrooms can have on students’ social-emotional learning. The author provides examples of calming spaces and related resources used in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District in California, provides an explanation of how calming spaces align with other frameworks for supporting student well-being, and offers guidance for educators to consider when setting up their own calming spaces.

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