How to boost wellness for high school students during distance learning

Authors : Maddie Cincebeaux

Spring 2020 school closures left teachers and district officials scrambling to restructure their classrooms with as few disruptions as possible. High school teachers faced the difficult task of trying to preserve their students’ motivation to finish strong and stay on track to graduate, despite the looming anxiety and uncertainty that students had about their futures. … Continue reading How to boost wellness for high school students during distance learning

Parents: Supporting Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Authors : Elaine Mulligan

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 resources (OERs) about evidence-based instructional … Continue reading Parents: Supporting Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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

Authors : Yunsoo Park

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 conversations about COVID-19, ways that … Continue reading Trinka and Sam Fighting the Big Virus: Trinka, Sam, and Littletown Work Together (NCTSN)

NCSMH’s COVID-19 page

Authors : Elaine Mulligan

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.

Educator reflections on distance learning during COVID-19

Authors : Samantha Peyton

We spoke with two teachers at the beginning of school closures and again at the end of the school year to learn about their adjustment to distance learning.

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

5 things educators can do virtually to support students experiencing trauma

Authors : Yunsoo Park , Jennifer Nakamura , Jenna Rush

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, we adapted strategies from the “Common trauma symptoms in students and helpful strategies for educators” handout to help educators address student’s social-emotional and mental health needs associated with trauma in virtual settings.

Positive Behavior Support at home

Authors : Elaine Mulligan

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.

Food access for families with school-aged children during COVID-19

Authors : Sarah Dec

On a typical day, schools provide low- or no-cost lunch to 29.7 million children. As the COVID -19 pandemic stretches on and the unemployment rate continues to skyrocket, many families are finding it increasingly challenging to provide meals for their children.  National food assistance programs, community food banks, and local school districts have quickly stepped in to help ensure kids have consistent access to nutritious meals during these uncertain times.  

Our latest blog post provides information about how families may secure food for their children, and how you, can support organizations assisting families in need.  

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.