While the COVID-19 pandemic affects all industries, education is facing a unique set of challenges. Even the most flexible teachers need some help adjusting to teaching online, reworking a household budget and digesting the latest news while simultaneously staying strong for students.
The articles below lay out simple, straightforward ways you can create a healthy learning environment for your students while maintaining your own mental wellness.
For Educators: Adjusting from classroom to online teaching
With intentional planning and deliberate outreach, an online class can provide a robust learning environment for your students — and your class can also help them to cope with the inevitable stress of sudden change in all…
How To Talk With Your Students About COVID-19
I’ve already had more than a few hard conversations about the novel coronavirus and how it is impacting my students’ lives. How can we reassure our students? And what signs should we look for to make sure that they are safe?
Self-Care And Setting Boundaries For Teachers During The COVID-19 Pandemic
If you are finding yourself struggling to cope, you’re not alone. These are challenging times for teachers. The key to thriving — rather than just surviving — is to make self-care a priority.
Detecting Child Abuse During the COVID-19 Pandemic
As teachers adapt to the complex challenges of online instruction during the coronavirus pandemic, another vital area can’t be forgotten: detecting signs of child abuse from afar.
How Teachers Can Coach Parents During COVID-19
Parents are looking to you for guidance and best practices as they try to navigate their “new normal.” You can help coach them by sharing some of the wisdom you have learned as an educator to help make their, and your students’…
What Teachers Experienced During COVID-19
When we look back at the jobs that were dramatically impacted by COVID-19, teachers are at the top of the list. Overnight, they went from a primarily relational and hands-on teaching school setting, to a virtual, distant-learni…
Social Isolation In Children At Home Or At School: What You Can Do To Help
Intense emotions lead to an urge to protect oneself and pull away. When a child is in “protection mode,” it becomes more difficult to be in “connection mode” and continue engaging with other people.
Questioning In Quarantine: How Can LGBTQ+ Kids Stay Safe During The COVID-19 Pandemic?
With a global pandemic preventing us from getting within 6 feet of anyone outside our household and the lethal consequences of unaddressed racism understandably taking center stage for many advocates, the LGBTQ+ community hasn’…
What Parents And Students Experiences During COVID-19: Hardships And Hidden Blessings
What has COVID-19 been like for parents of school-age kids? We asked Kim Sayers, MA, LPC-S, Clinical Project Director at Communities in Schools - San Antonio (CIS-SA).
How Families Can Deal With What They Can’t Control: Lessons Learned From COVID-19
COVID-19 was dramatic in many ways, including the frequent, unexpected changes we couldn’t control. More than ever, families experienced a feeling of helplessness.
Finding The One In A Sea Of Zoom Faces: How Can Online Educators Identify Students Who May Have Mental Health Concerns?
In the physical classroom, teachers can see the signs that a student may be struggling with a mental health condition. But how can we identify students who are struggling in our online classrooms?
How COVID Affects Student Mental Health — And You Can Help
Being aware of some of the changes you are likely to see in your students is an important step in helping them adjust comfortably to this new normal.