THE LATEST UPDATES FROM STANFORD — COVID-19: Teachers, Families, and the Future from Stanford Education: An assortment of stories, activities, tips, and resources from across the Graduate School of Education that address issues facing educators and families now with a goal to support learning and well-being. They will create and add new content as the situation develops and needs become known.

Discussing Race & Inequality with ChildrenTop of Page

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SEL Practices @ HomeTop of Page

    Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Outbreak from ParentsPlace: Parents can find several helpful articles on specific topics such as How to Talk to Kids about Coronavirus; Managing Coronavirus Anxiety; Fun Activities to Do at Home; At-Home Learning; and Home Resources for Special Needs.

  • 10 Ways Parents Can Bring Social-Emotional Learning Home from EdSurge: Now that parents and caregivers are overseeing learning at home, we need to ensure that students continue to build and practice social and emotional skills in meaningful ways, especially when distractions and anxieties from current events and in their personal communities are at an all-time high.

  • Distance Learning Activities and Strategies from the WES' Counselor's Corner:  Check out the visuals on this page that include basic strategies to calm down and SEL skills to practice at home during this challenging time. 

  • Just For Kids: A Comic To Help Explain COVID-19 to your child from NPR: Based on a radio story that NPR education reporter Cory Turner did. He asked some experts what kids might want to know about the new coronavirus discovered in China.

  • How can I protect my kid's mental health during this pandemicfrom Common Sense: How do parents protect kids' mental health during this uncertain and scary time? Our latest poll uncovers clues to the answer. But first, it reveals some hard truths.
  • Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19from National Association of School Psychologists: This is a great article providing recommendations for staying calm, listening, offering reassurance; monitoring screen use and social media; maintaining honest and accurate (age-appropriate) communication; staying connected to school; knowing the COVID-19 symptoms; modeling basic hygiene and healthy lifestyle practices and staying aware of mental health issues.
  • SEL@Home from WES: Please try to be patient and practice solid SEL practices during this difficult time, as the situation is tough for all. We encourage parents to revisit our SEL@Home handout HERE
  • Daily SEL Lessons from Collaborative Learning Solutions: Each day, Monday through Friday, a new social-emotional learning lesson will be posted, designed to build emotional intelligence and resilience. There will be a lesson for elementary students and a lesson for secondary students that include media (videos, audios, or text) and simple step-by-step instructions.

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  • The 25 Best Podcasts for Kids from Common Sense Media: Entertaining, informative, and kid-friendly podcasts for bedtime, road trips, and more. Best part? They're screen-free. (added 4.22.20)

Technology / Online EducationTop of Page

  • Enrichment & Extra-Curricular Ideas from the MS Deans:  Help your child fill that extra downtime with these great enrichment and extra-curricular ideas. The list includes options for your child (or parent!) looking for more hobbies, education, etc. to delve into while experiencing distance learning. (added 4.27.20)
  • How to handle Zoom Exhaustion from Mindful: Zoom can be exhausting. Learn strategies to find balance and stay connected during this time. (added 4.25.20)
  • Parents' Ultimate Guide to Google Classroom from Common Sense: Is your Elementary student (or yourself) struggling to figure out how to use Google Classroom? Check out this article from Common Sense that may help with common questions. 

Establishing Daily StructureTop of Page

  • “PDF” Tips during COVID-19 from Challenge Success: Kids of all ages need playtime, downtime, and family time (PDF) every day for healthy development. The unexpected closing of schools and canceling of extracurriculars due to COVID-19 offers a new opportunity for many families – more time for PDF.
  • 8 Tips for Working From Home With Kids During COVID-19 from Yale Medicine: Yale experts share strategies for managing home life in a time of social distancing and self-quarantine — creating a schedule, exercise, schedule time with kids, embrace technology, be aware of how you discuss the situation/media outlets, look out for anxiety, focus on some of the positives, etc. 

Feeding The FamilyTop of Page

  • Making Bread from The New York Times: Making bread at home (with your family?) seems to be a trend these days. Perhaps it's just some stress baking but the whole family can enjoy it too. Don't have yeast? There are plenty of recipes that don't require yeast or make your own sourdough starter.