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Preschool during the pandemic

This video series from the Early Childhood Technical Assistant Center (ECTA Center) shares the experiences of practitioners and families from across the country, illustrating how the fields of early education and early childhood special education are successfully supporting preschoolers and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. https://ectacenter.org/topics/disaster/preschoolpandemic.asp ...
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Facing the Divide

The American Psychological Association's Facing the Divide video series brings psychological science to the conversation regarding the connections among race, racism and health. As experts on human behavior, psychologists have a unique perspective that can inform critical analysis of race relations. The site offers a variety of videos, discussion guides, ...
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Parents: Supporting Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This new online learning module from the IRIS Center offers tips to support your child’s learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Supported by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and located at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, the IRIS Center creates high-quality, online open educational ...
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Trinka and Sam Fighting the Big Virus: Trinka, Sam, and Littletown Work Together (NCTSN)

Trinka and Sam Fighting the Big Virus: Trinka, Sam, and Littletown Work Together (NCTSN)

This story from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) helps young children and families talk about their experiences and feelings related to COVID-19 and the need to shelter in place. In the story, the coronavirus has spread to Littletown causing changes in everyone's lives. The story opens doors to ...
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NCSMH’s COVID-19 page

The National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) offers a collection of resources for schools dealing with COVID-19. There are specific planning resources for school administrators and staff, several wellness resources, technology tools to support mental health, and data collection resources for researchers assessing COVID-19-related behavioral health. http://www.schoolmentalhealth.org/COVID-19/ ...
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Student access to mental health information on California college campuses

Two surveys of California public college students provide insight into the preliminary impact of the California Mental Health Services Authority's activities on college students' receipt of information about mental health issues and support services. The research described in this report was funded by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) ...
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Educating and speaking with children about racism

Educating and speaking with children about racism

Our Student Behavior Blog team at SRI Education is deeply heartbroken and outraged by the racism, brutality, and hatred that plague Black children, families, and individuals, not only with regard to recent events, but with recognition that these are pervasive issues they face in every moment of their lives. Consistent ...
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Positive Behavior Support at home

This award-winning 5 minute video from the Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS) offers a clear explanation of Positive Behavior Supports as well as ways that families can use them at home. Positive Behavior Support at Home from Association for PBS on Vimeo ...
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Using culturally responsive practices to foster learning during school closures: Challenges and opportunities for equity

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 ...
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Fun & games to improve mental health

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, ...
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How to help a friend

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 ...
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Children’s Mental Health FAQs

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 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) feature addresses a variety of mental health needs, including where to find children's mental health resources related to the ...
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Educating students with disabilities in remote settings

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 ...
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Guidance for navigating remote learning for English learner students

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 ...
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Maintaining wellness in crisis

Maintaining wellness in crisis

Helping kids stay busy, stimulated, and positive while creating an environment that allows them to feel safe and protected can be challenging. A team of child trauma experts at Child Trends have listed several recommendations for supporting the emotional well-being of children during high stress periods. They highlight “3 R’s” ...
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Resources for schools and districts responding to the COVID-19 crisis

The U.S. Department of Education's Regional Educational Laboratory Program has put together a set of FAQs to assist schools and districts with their most pressing needs—such as transitioning to online instruction, providing Free and Reduced Lunches, supporting students’ social emotional needs, engaging families, and addressing equity concerns for students with ...
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4 tips for families trying PBIS at home

Who knew that managing kids' behavior was such a challenge? The folks at PBIS Apps, of course! They've been researching, teaching, and supporting Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) for decades. Their latest blog post offers insights and experiences from a parent perspective -- one month into this "new normal" ...
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Supporting you supporting students: Tools for the challenging times

The 3-part webinar series, hosted by Wellness Together School Mental Health and the California Department of Education, will facilitate an ongoing discussion to highlight practices, programs, and policies to strengthen student supports in the midst of school closures. This series of webinars will address some of the adjustments necessary to ...
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PBS learning media

PBS and your local station have curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more. Search lesson plans by subject and/or grade. This might be a good time to delve into the Disease, Illness, and Disability lessons in Health & Physical Education! https://www.pbslearningmedia.org ...
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Talking to children about COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A parent resource

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) offers a detailed guide for talking to children about coronavirus. This web page includes tips for talking with children at early elementary, late elementary, middle, and high school ages; suggested points to emphasize; suggestions for ways to avoid overwhelming children (and yourself) with ...
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