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Bring on the Joy!

This is a holiday season like no other. It can be hard to feel festive in the absence of friends and loved ones. As we all hunker down in our own homes, it may seem lonely or insular, but there are still so many ways to find (and share) holiday cheer! Read more ›

354 Free K-12 Resources During Coronavirus Pandemic [web resource]

Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, solution providers are offering schools and districts resources, services and teaching materials at no charge. Read more ›

Student Voices in the Time of COVID

The National Education Association and National PTA commissioned a series of online focus groups to survey American public school students in grades 7-12 about the unprecedented challenges they are facing. Read more ›

‘Tis The Season to Celebrate. Here’s How to Do It Safely

It’s supposed to be the happiest time of the year, but this year it doesn’t really feel like it. With many of us hunkered down at home, some having lost jobs, others having lost friends and family members to COVID-19 or other illnesses, it’s tempting to give this holiday season a miss. But it’s important to find joy and meaning in the midst of this dark winter — and carrying on with favorite holiday traditions can help. Read more ›

Best Digital Tools for Teachers

If you’re new to teaching or looking to learn more about digital tools for teachers such as Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, or Flipgrid–and all the related apps and resources–here’s where to get started. Tech & Learning list the basics for each one, including how to get started, plus tips and advice to get the most out of your experience. Read more ›

‘Throw Out the Rulebook’ To Get Through Pandemic Holidays, A Therapist Says

Even if you know, intellectually, that the holidays are not actually “the most wonderful time of the year” (and can, in fact, be incredibly stressful), coping with feelings of loneliness, guilt, anger, and despair during the month of December can be very challenging. Read more ›

The Holidays May Feel Harder This Year. Small Gestures Will Make a Big Difference.

Almost half of people expect this holiday season to be harder than usual. Here are five suggestions from OptionBThere for how you can show up for the people you love during the holidays, even if you can’t be there for them in person. Read more ›

How To Help Someone At Risk Of Suicide

The pandemic has taken a heavy emotional toll on many people, and if you know someone struggling with despair, depression or thoughts of suicide, you may be wondering how to help. Read more ›

Listen and Connect: How Parents Can Support Teens’ Mental Health Right Now

There’s no handbook for how to raise teenagers during a pandemic. Adolescents are struggling for valid reasons and many parents are grappling with how to support their teens while also navigating their own pressing concerns.

Katie Hurley, an adolescent psychotherapist and author of the new book, “A Year Of Positive Thinking For Teens,” says that in her practice, she has seen the toll of these last several months. What do teens need most right now, from her perspective? Read more ›

For Many, Eating Disorders Are Made Worse By the Pandemic

When the novel coronavirus began spreading nationwide, prompting restrictive lockdowns and fueling pervasive feelings of loneliness, anxiety, depression and stress, it didn’t take long for Marita Cooper and other experts who specialize in eating disorders to see the pandemic’s effects on their patients.

Beyond the broad mental health impacts linked to the sudden disruption of lives and widespread isolation, coronavirus-related restrictions created specific factors that could put people with eating disorders at increased risk, said Cooper, a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University. Read more ›

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