Education Resources to Help During COVID-19
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Teacher friends—we know you’re facing unprecedented disruptions and questions due to the spread of COVID-19 and nationwide school closures. How can you stay connected with students and families? How can you shift to online learning while addressing inequities and students with complex support needs? How are other teachers making this work?
We’ve compiled some helpful free resources to support you through these uncertain times. From blog posts to webinars, these expert resources will help you connect with students, teach remotely, address social-emotional needs, and continue your own learning while you stay safe at home.
A roundup of articles packed with helpful tips and guidance from trusted experts.
- Remote Learning Roundup: 6 Things for Teachers to Do and Remember During School Closures
- Teaching and Parenting in Troubled Times: 6 Brookes Authors Share Their Best Advice
- Reassuring Connections: 4 Brookes Authors Share Tips for Supporting Stressed-Out Students
- 15 Ways to Avoid Teacher Burnout
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- 6 Quick, Expert-Led Video Chats You Can Watch at Home for Free
- 6 Brookes Authors on Keeping Parents Engaged This Fall
- AUTHOR Q&A: Why Every Reopening School Should Embrace Mediation
- The Re-Set Process for Educators: Self Care in the Time of COVID-19
- The Re-Set Process for Students: Self-Regulation in the Time of COVID-19
- Notice the Need, Meet the Need: A Q&A with Jen Alexander on Trauma-Sensitive Back-to-School Plans
- GUEST POST: Supporting Grieving Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Education Beyond 2020: Everything Happens for a Reason? Nope.
- 9 Tips for Enhancing Connections During COVID-19
- UDL and Self-Regulation During Distance Learning
- Bullying Prevention in the Age of COVID-19
Articles from other sources:
- Understood: Online Assignments: Best Practices for Teachers to Use With Students
- IDEA: Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease Outbreak
- The Inclusive Class (Brookes author Nicole Eredics): Tips for Helping Your Child Learn at Home During the Coronavirus Outbreak
- Ms. Jen Alexander (Brookes author): Trauma-Sensitive Student Support During School Closures (activities)
- EdSurge: Letter to Educators Teaching Online for the First Time
- Child Mind Institute: Helping kids with ADHD succeed at remote learning
- Edutopia: 7 Guidelines for Setting Up Clear Online Lessons
- Edutopia: How to Help Students Get Used to Masks
- The 74: Ways to Help Special Ed Kids, and All Students, Catch Up — and Move Ahead
- KQED Mind/Shift: ‘If I Could Handle This, I Can Handle Anything’: First-Year Teachers Reflect on the Pandemic
- KQED Mind/Shift: Can Online Learning Be Better This Fall? These Educators Think So
- The Inclusive Class: 10 Easy Ways to Create an Inclusive Virtual Classroom
- Inclusion from Square One: ‘Cause You Know We’ll Make It Through [Distance Learning]
- National Association of Secondary School Principals: Supporting Students This Fall
- Understood: Back-to-School Concerns About Your Child: How to Act on Them
- Dyane Carrere Consulting: Helping Your Elementary Child With Mask Wearing
- Cult of Pedagogy: 9 Ways Online Teaching Should Be Different From Face-to-Face
- USA Today: Kids’ mental health can struggle during online school. Here’s how teachers are planning ahead.
- Child Trends: As schools reopen, addressing COVID-19-related trauma and mental health issues will take more than mental health services
- We Are Teachers: Setting Norms for Online Faculty Meetings
- We Are Teachers: How to Build a Trauma-Informed School Community During a Pandemic
- We Are Teachers: Classroom Management Techniques That Work In-Person and Online
- Think Inclusive: Creating Rituals and Routines in the Classroom During Virtual or Face-To-Face Instruction
- Understood: Practicing Self-Care During The Coronavirus: 5 Tips for Teachers
- Understood: Special Education and the Coronavirus: Legal FAQs About IEPs
- Edutopia: 7 Tips for Breakout Room Success
- Cult of Pedagogy: Connecting Students in a Disconnected World
- KQED Mind/Shift: Home Visits, Deliveries and Care Can Help Students Who’ve Disappeared From Online Learning
- KQED Mind/Shift: Pandemic Schooling Is Overwhelming. Here’s How One School Lightened the Load.
- We Are Teachers: 20 Fun Zoom Games for Kids
- We Are Teachers: Help! How Am I Supposed to Mentor a Student Teacher in the Middle of a Pandemic?
Helpful resources you can download, print out, or forward to colleagues and families.
- FREE eBook: Taking Care of Them, Taking Care of You
- FREE eBook: Fair is Not Always Equal
- Fair is Not Always Equal poster
- 4 Habits of Effective Inclusive Educators
- Colorful “job description” posters to inspire your whole inclusive school team
- 10 Tips on Becoming a More Effective Teacher
Downloads from other organizations:
- U.S. Department of Education fact sheet: Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Schools While Protecting the Civil Rights of Students
- CEC toolkit: Best Practices for Educating Online
- Green Mountain Self-Advocates handout: COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities
- National Association of State Directors of Special Education: Remote Learning vs Homebound vs Homeschool
- NASP: Planning for Equity and Inclusion: A Guide to Reopening Schools
- Understood: Back-to-School Update for Families to Give to Teachers
Professional Development Webinars
Now’s a great time for you to pick up a new strategy, dive deep into a topic relevant to your work, and earn a CTE certificate. Here are some of our most popular webinars.
Supporting the Grieving Student
Presented by David J. Schonfeld, MD, a nationally renowned expert on childhood bereavement and school crisis, this edWebinar provides the essential information you need to provide sensitive, appropriate support to grieving students of all ages.
You’ll learn how to:
- Initiate conversations with children and their families related to deaths of family members and friends
- Support students when feelings of guilt affect adjustment to a loss
- Provide practical advice on issues such as funeral attendance of children
- Appreciate the importance of long-term follow-up after a significant loss
Executive Skills and ADHD
This seminar is useful for any teacher who works with children who have ADHD. Erik von Hahn, M.D., will discuss the key executive skills of impulse control, working memory, and planning. He will also share strategies for what teachers and school teams can do to support children with ADHD in these critical skills.
Self-Care in the Era of COVID-19
This webinar session will identify several key brain-based methods for taking care of oneself and others in the midst of the stress of this pandemic. Practical simple considerations will be shared—many of which link to trauma-informed school practices.
Proactive Strategies to Enhance Student Engagement While Providing Virtual Instruction Webinar
Presented by Tim Knoster, author of The Teacher’s Pocket Guide for Positive Behavior Support, & Danielle Empson
This session will focus on the translation of student engagement strategies from typical classroom settings to a virtual instruction environment. Emphasis will be placed on virtual means of providing students with Opportunities to Respond, student acknowledgement and encouragement procedures to enhance student motivation, as well as methods to engage students in virtual communication about course content.