COVID-19

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. 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

Children’s Mental Health FAQs

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 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) feature addresses a variety of mental health needs, including where to find children’s mental health resources related to the COVID-19 virus. There’s even an … Continue reading Children’s Mental Health FAQs

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