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6 Ways to Teach SEL Skills Remotely

This year, schools may be offering social-emotional skills training to students with disabilities, such as autism, in separate virtual groups. However, if staff are spread thin, or students need additional opportunities to generalize skills, it may be useful to find ways to integrate social-emotional learning into other virtual encounters during the day. This will help to ensure students who have social-emotional goals in their IEPs can work on their skills. Read more ›

News Literacy: How Educators Can Help Students Spot Fake News [web resource]

The News Literacy Project and Scripps are teaming up with other partners Jan. 25-29 on sessions, activities and resources for educators to help children identify truth from fiction. Read more ›

Research: Video Chats Can Help Foster Learning for Preschoolers

As virus cases surge, and schools yo-yo between in-person and remote models, educators, along with other experts in the field, are confronting a perplexing dilemma: Can a quality preschool education be conducted online when overwhelming evidence suggests that face-to-face learning is the best option for this age group? Read more ›

11 Educational Resources for Homeschooling and Remote Learning

The new calendar year is (finally) here, but we’re already smack-dab in the middle of a tumultuous school year. As districts across the country continue to cope with an ever-evolving global pandemic, educators continue to face a slew of instructional challenges.

Kids are adaptable, and with the proper instruction, anywhere in the world can be their classroom. You just need to put the right tools in their proverbial tool belts. Read more ›

Everything You Need to Know About Setting Up A School Sensory Path

Sitting still is a challenge for lots of kids (and adults!). Schools and teachers are starting to realize that children are actually more focused on learning when they’re given a chance to wriggle, fidget, and move around. That’s why classroom yoga breaks, flexible seating, and fidget gadgets have become popular. A sensory path is another cool option for helping kids re-focus their energy throughout the day. Find out how they work and what you need to know to create your own. Read more ›

How Difficult ‘Day After’ Discussions with Students Can Help Them Process the Present and Prepare for the Future

Staring at the faces of the middle school teachers on her computer screen, Principal Laina Cox felt the tears welling up — again. They were discussing an email she’d sent the night before. The subject line read: “Living history.”

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African-American Heroes [web resource]

Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., never backed down in his stand against racism. National Geographic Kids takes us on a multimedia journey through history to learn more about Dr. King and other African-American heroes. Read more ›

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers [downloadable]

High profile acts of violence, particularly in schools, can confuse and frighten children who may feel in danger or worry that their friends or loved-ones are at risk. They will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. Parents and school personnel can help children feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security and talking with them about their fears. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has developed recommendations for talking about protests, unsettling information and violent events. Read more ›

PBS NewsHour Extra: News for Students and Teacher Resources 6–12 Grade Level [web resource]

PBS NewsHour is a TV news program that runs on PBS every weekday. PBS NewsHour Extra is NewsHour’s website for students and teachers. Read more ›

Facing History and Ourselves [web resource]

Facing History use lessons from history to teach about racism, antisemitism, and prejudice to help students connect choices made in the past to those they will confront in their own lives.  Read more ›

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