Giving kids a chance to talk with adults about their lives outside of class can be critical for their social-emotional development. But during the pandemic, online classes didn’t often allow the time for that individual attention. Along is a free digital reflection tool that helps teachers prompt students to talk about their personal lives through recorded video, audio or written texts as a way to support them emotionally, not just academically. Read more ›
Resources for Educators
Transitioning Back to School: Strategies to Support Students with Autism [downloadable] [web resource]
Individuals with autism often have challenges adjusting to new routines and novel situations, however, there are many research based strategies that can be implemented to support their return to in-person school. The California Autism Professional Training and Information Network (CAPTAIN) has curated resources for educators and families to help with this transition. Read more ›
Head Start’s Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center offers this short list of children’s books about the kindergarten transition. Educators and families can read the books together with children to help them understand the transition process and increase comfort with their new learning setting. Read more ›
MentalHealthLiteracy.org is non profit organization that creates educational, training, and clinical care materials and programs designed for use in schools and care settings to promote mental health literacy, clinical care capacity, self-care and psychoeducation, and evaluation of existing programs and interventions.
Mental health information (products and training programs) are designed to address the needs of youth ages 12 to 25 years, families, educators, health providers, policy makers and others. Read more ›
In recent weeks, governors, mayors and superintendents have discussed plans to reopen schools and get “back to normal” in the fall.
For schools, seeking a return to normalcy is only natural, but it may actually be counterproductive. Students coming back through our doors in the fall will be carrying the stress, anxiety and trauma of the past year.