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Why we stay home

Authors : Elaine Mulligan

The uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic has upended the daily lives of children across the globe, and parents and caregivers have struggled to explain the changes brought by COVID-19. Two medical students in California wanted to help bridge that gap inspired them to write a free children’s book called “Why We Stay Home” and offer … Continue reading Why we stay home

Using culturally responsive practices to foster learning during school closures: Challenges and opportunities for equity

Authors : Elaine Mulligan

This recent blog post by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) explores the potential of remote learning to increase the connection between schools and families, which could in turn help teachers employ innovative culturally responsive practices, addressing social and institutional barriers that contribute to disparities in students’ outcomes. https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/midatlantic/app/Blog/Post/1031

Fun & games to improve mental health

Authors : Elaine Mulligan

The Texas Institute for Mental Health in the University of Texas at Austin launched an interactive, online set of resources to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month. Their Fun and Games features offers activities from different school districts, sortable by type of activity (brain games, up & active, creativity & art, learning & development, mental health … Continue reading Fun & games to improve mental health

How to help a friend

Authors : Elaine Mulligan

This infographic/flyer from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Central Texas offers warning signs for mental illness, tips for starting a conversation with a friend, and ways to support, all in a simple and engaging format. It’s part of the new interactive, online set of resources created by the Texas Institute for Mental … Continue reading How to help a friend

Teen testimonial on dealing with anxiety & depression

Authors : Elaine Mulligan

This 3 minute video features a young man describing his own struggles with anxiety and depression, as well as the power of reaching out for help. It’s part of the new interactive, online set of resources created by the Texas Institute for Mental Health in the University of Texas at Austin to celebrate Mental Health … Continue reading Teen testimonial on dealing with anxiety & depression

Mystery Science

Authors : Elaine Mulligan

This popular K-5 science curriculum offers hands-on lessons aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core. They’re offering a limited number of free memberships for the next year. https://mysteryscience.com

Educating students with disabilities in remote settings

Authors : Elaine Mulligan

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest is featuring a blog series on supporting specific student populations as schools shift to remote learning. In this blog post for teachers, they focus on the unique needs of students with disabilities. https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/midwest/blogs/students-disabilities-remote-settings.aspx

Guidance for navigating remote learning for English learner students

Authors : Elaine Mulligan

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest is featuring a blog series on supporting specific student populations as schools shift to remote learning. In this blog post, they focus on the unique needs of English learner students. https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/midwest/blogs/english-learner-remote-learning.aspx

The Brain Architects Podcast

Authors : Elaine Mulligan

While the coronavirus pandemic has changed many things around the world, it has not stopped child development. A new series of special episodes of The Brain Architects podcast from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University aims to share helpful resources and ideas in support of all those who are caring for children … Continue reading The Brain Architects Podcast

Freckle individualized online learning

Authors : Elaine Mulligan

Freckle is an online learning platform that allows students to practice Math and English Language Arts at their own level. Freckle continuously adapts to each student’s individual skills, so each student is getting the appropriate challenge, whether they’re working at, above, or below grade level. Students can access Freckle from home for free using an iPad … Continue reading Freckle individualized online learning