Supporting Mental Wellness

At this time, many of you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed with the influx of websites, resources, guidance documents, etc. offering support for distance learning and Covid 19. Northwest AEA has highlighted a few of our favorites below. In addition, please watch for a new Northwest AEA resource for educators that will house professional development sessions, resources for teachers who are teaching online, special education resources, and more!

Fostering Belonging and Connectedness

PANORAMA EDUCATION:  In the wake of coronavirus school closures, educators, parents, and students across the globe are coping with a new reality. How can educators continue to foster a sense of belonging with students while schools are closed and learning has shifted online? In a blog hosted by Panorama Education, Aida Conroy lists 8 strategies to build belonging with students and families virtually. 

Panorama Education has assembled a FREE toolkit to support virtual connectedness. It consists of Google survey and presentation templates for class journals, morning meetings, notes of gratitude & appreciation and virtual 'temperature checks'.  

Casel Cares InitiativeThe Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is a trusted source for knowledge about high-quality, evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL). CASEL understands how important it is to attend to the social and emotional needs that arise during times like these. SEL offers a powerful means to explore and express our emotions, build relationships, and support each other – children and adults alike. CASEL Cares shares guidance and resources for keeping SEL at the forefront during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports and Center for Parent Information & Resources 

PBIS, along with the Center for Parent Information and Resources have authored a document entitled, Supporting Families at Home. Over 25,000 schools have embraced positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) as a highly effective way to build children’s social-emotional-behavioral skills and reduce challenging behaviors. PBIS can be effectively used at home too and is especially helpful when events disrupt normal routines (e.g., worldwide health pandemics, natural disasters, extended breaks). Below are some recommendations for families and caregivers on how to use PBIS to support their children’s social and emotional growth and minimize behavioral disruptions in the home. 

“Working, parenting, and teaching are three different jobs that cannot be done at the same time. It's not hard because you are doing it wrong. It's hard because it's too much. Do the best you can. When you have to pick, because at some point you will, choose connection." 

Additional PBIS support for families:

4 Tips for Your Families Trying PBIS at Home 

 Family Circles 

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Coping with COVID-19: Mental Health Tips for Children & Families