Michigan Governor Announces Free College for Frontline Coronavirus Workers

“According to the press release, this program would provide those without a college degree a path to a higher education credential or degree. Those specified as essential workers included hospital and nursing home staff, grocery store employees, child care workers, those manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE), and more.” https://www.forbes.com/sites/wesleywhistle/2020/04/29/michigan-governor-gretchen-whitmer-announces-free-college-for-frontline-coronavirus-workers/?utm_campaign=forbes&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_term=Valerie%2F&fbclid=IwAR08Lbz9aqEGUkO2hnhSpqxA92SwsmP6G3F1cxnFHlgop08ITLhHIHvNINU#4c9dd0f5393c

It’s Time to Accept That the Point of School Has Changed

Schools, parents, and students are all doing their absolute best to maintain social emotional connections and academic instruction during remote learning. If you need more support with social, emotional, executive functioning, and/or learning skills during this time, please let us know. We can be reached at either 408-439-1111 or info@turningpointsed.com. At Turning Points, we help …

Why Stillness is Crucial to Your Brain During This Pandemic

Do your best to carve out a few minutes every day to do nothing, just be quiet and present with your thoughts. If you do this, it can help you to better regulate your emotions and be more creative, productive, and healthy. https://whyy.org/segments/why-stillness-is-crucial-for-your-brain-during-this-pandemic/?fbclid=IwAR1woVkPPPvnY0cNKO-j1Q2eTYMQO9GGMmp_atUVCO2Cw2JAsKMttA_3vO4

How to Help Teens Handle the Loss of Proms and Graduations

In addition to the suggestions in this article for ways to grieve what is lost, help each other find new, creative ways to celebrate important milestones. We’ve seen people host virtual parties, arrange drive-by celebrations, and create elaborate props/settings in their own yards. We can still celebrate even when the celebrations are not traditional. https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_to_help_teens_handle_the_loss_of_proms_and_graduations?fbclid=IwAR1PUQg5OtjDko4L_xrdeAw-t1fprPvZKlJAV9tvg8kdBuO0Je1DscHGfag

At Playtime, Your Own Backyard Might Beat the Local Playground

Looks like play in unstructured settings may be more beneficial than structured playgrounds, leading to improved mood, concentration, and behavior. Ditch the playground equipment and go explore the backyard or an empty field to see these benefits while also maintaining physical distancing. https://www.edutopia.org/article/playtime-open-fields-and-trees-beat-seesaws-and-monkey-bars

States Need to Plan Now to Forego Standardized Testing in 2020-21

“With coronavirus threat already hanging over the 2020-21 school year, the time to cancel the testing is now. Now. Before the 2020-21 school year is scheduled to begin. Instead, put those resources (time, energy, and money, millions and millions of dollars in money) in reserve as a proactive measure for facing COVID-19 in 2020-21.” https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2020/04/16/states-need-to-plan-now-to-forego-standardized-testing-in-2020-21/?fbclid=IwAR3NWQsNP2QTPW3ORrZIN4eMNwozfhtkny2AzpAIErLpkIFDyEJqLvetAk8

How Parents Can Help Their Kids While Managing Distance Learning

Their points include: start with fun, build a routine, trust the teachers, when stumped turn it over to the teachers, take frequent 10 minute walks (without a phone), both parents take responsibility for student learning, remember to wait for answers, stifle your own perfectionism, reinforce positively, and keep it low-key. https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/55621/how-parents-can-help-their-kids-while-managing-distance-learning?fbclid=IwAR19fvv4dHTu32CzblyXKScmONNiPAyY16QmVuXVKBPIm9O1mDPbT-e5wW0