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Advice For Dealing With Uncertainty — From People Who’ve Been There

We are living in uncertain times. No one knows exactly how or when this coronavirus pandemic will end — or what it will mean for our lives and the lives of our loved ones in the future.

This pandemic that we’re all going through feels unprecedented — but the feeling of uncertainty is not. People live through all kinds of scary things all the time. Here are seven tips for dealing with uncertainty from people who’ve been there. Read more ›

The Pandemic Proves We All Should Know ‘Psychological First Aid.’ Here Are the Basics.

If ever there were a time for people to know the important skills that make up what mental health experts refer to as “psychological first aid,” a pandemic is it. Like regular first aid, PFA is a way of helping someone in pain — except rather than cleaning and bandaging a cut or applying ice to a sprained ankle, you tend to someone’s anxiety or distress in a way that will ease it and help restore a sense of equanimity. Many disaster responders and public health professionals have been trained in PFA, but it’s time for the rest of us to join them, so we can help our families, our friends and ourselves. Read more ›

Virtual Signs of Serious Mental Health Problems: A Teacher’s Guide to Protecting Students

With much of education being delivered in a virtual environment during the pandemic, monitoring students’ mental health is harder, but more critical than ever. Some of the same indicators of distress apply as much in the virtual classroom as in the physical one, such as difficulty participating in class, poor attendance, frequently reporting illness and not completing assignments. But other indicators, such as on-screen interactions with family members and turning off the camera, are new to distance learning.

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Your Health: Guidelines for Celebrating the Fall and Winter Holidays

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided some guidelines to protect individuals, families, friends, and communities from COVID-19 during the upcoming holidays. Read more ›

How Can Virtual Environments Support Learning for All?

In the struggle to implement expanded remote learning, educators are also finding opportunities. But with efforts to provide devices and Wi-Fi access, educators still are missing — or inadvertently reducing — opportunities to better serve all students. Read more ›

Quick Guide: What California’s Color-Coded County Tracking System Means for Schools

In this Quick Guide, EdSource answers your questions about California’s four-tiered, color-coded tracking system that replaced the previous county monitoring list at end of August. Read more ›

How Much Learning Have Students Lost Due to COVID?

There is good reason to fear that this spring’s school closures hurt students’ academic progress. But how much learning, exactly, did students lose?

On a national level, we don’t yet know. State tests were canceled last spring, and this year’s tests won’t be given for many months, if they happen at all.

That’s prompted researchers to release their own projections of learning loss — and they paint a grim picture. Read more ›

Latinx Children in California [downloadable]

With an increasingly diverse child population across California, acknowledging and addressing health inequities is more critical than ever. In an effort to inform and educate the public on the many factors that contribute to disparate health outcomes, The Children’s Partnership developed a series of fact sheets as part of its “A Child is a Child” campaign. Read more ›

FAQ: What You Need to Know About Masks and COVID-19

At this stage in the novel coronavirus pandemic, masks are a fact of life. A majority of states and businesses have mask mandates, and mounting scientific evidence supports wearing them. Below we’ve compiled answers to some of the most commonly asked questions surrounding masks and how to navigate pandemic life in them. Read more ›

The Pandemic Proves We All Should Know ‘Psychological First Aid.’ Here Are the Basics.

If ever there were a time for people to know the important skills that make up what mental health experts refer to as “psychological first aid,” a pandemic is it. Like regular first aid, PFA is a way of helping someone in pain — except rather than cleaning and bandaging a cut or applying ice to a sprained ankle, you tend to someone’s anxiety or distress in a way that will ease it and help restore a sense of equanimity. Read more ›

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