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=IwAR367cSR-_a1CGRu8Wc4vGSCS8-zAlk_lMMb29Md8fkDX5T5r0nSSKi9khY

Homeschooling is NOT the Same as Crisis Schooling: advice during coronavirus COVID -19 shut downs

Educating during this pandemic is different than any type of schooling we have done before. Here are some good tips for parents and teachers to remember as we provide instruction during Covid-19 and this very unique time. https://www.heatheranneworld.com/post/homeschooling-is-not-the-same-as-crisis-schooling-advice-during-coronavirus-covid-19-shut-downs?fbclid=IwAR0l25D1aitqJSIF4dQd1RGcDgrfRNktMvlkgGA4jjcHmHxQi6Y56fZq8ew

Temple Grandin Has Some Great Tips to Help Kids With Autism Cope During the Coronavirus Quarantine

“At a time when we all need to be kinder and more accepting of one another, here are seven tips from Grandin on how we can help our loved ones with autism during this global health pandemic.” https://parade.com/1019088/debrawallace/temple-grandin-tips-children-with-autism-coronavirus-quarantine/?fbclid=IwAR3y500jGgrDI6UDZCvM1XHT0cE4H9vbulsXL9Y3UK6ArT29dSuyLwTOcRw

Coronavirus Has Upended Our World. It’s OK To Grieve

We are all cycling through the grief process during these times. This article discusses some helpful ways to navigate the grief process, including; communicating with others, identifying and acknowledging our feelings, practicing calming strategies, and being open to joy and gratitude. Relaxing our expectations of ourselves and our students/children will also be important. https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/03/26/820304899/coronavirus-has-upended-our-world-its-ok-to-grieve?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR01yT_dcc9sP1fxpPfFgws_MU9edV9qr1bCnuBX4prOq6xTndBpUYq05JA

Self-Care for Educators and Students

While this resource was likely made just before most of us were sheltering in place, it provides a lot of great resources, including; how to talk to your kids/students about the continued development of information, lesson plans to cultivate well-being, webinars for educators, and wellness resources for adults too. https://www.breathe4change.com/?fbclid=IwAR2qC8-Av7Fd4V4zULK3EefWBpIqFl1sUaGR-BF7m_ShCx9EJCdZfkdnbAU

Getting Bored? Here’s A List Of Free Things That Weren’t Free Before Coronavirus

So many free resources to help us shelter in place a little more easily. https://www.npr.org/2020/03/20/818670715/getting-bored-heres-a-list-of-free-things-that-werent-free-before-coronavirus?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_term=nprnews&utm_campaign=npr&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR1dIej9W-gK8euyzGIzl1QfMnkvUXyPocO3PMil-3qnk4vBxHfuBg5MjZQ