Distance Learning with Common Sense: Helping Students with Closure in a Disrupted School Year

Description: With school campuses closed for the remainder of the academic year, many students and families are grappling with feelings of sadness and loss. Join us for a conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Fedrick, licensed professional counselor and Shawn Abele, technology integration educator, about ways parents and students can cope with these different emotions and create meaningful alternatives for celebrations.

As schools across the country remain closed due to the coronavirus, we’re all doing our best to navigate teaching and learning from home. But let’s be honest: It’s not easy! In this twice-weekly video series from Common Sense, we sit down for short discussions with educators from all over the country to learn how they’re coping with school closures, putting together distance-learning plans, and addressing some of the challenges that come with teaching remotely.

Recorded on 5/1/2020.

Dr. Elizabeth Fedrick, PhD (@evolvecounselingaz on Instagram)
Licensed professional counselor, Evolve Counseling & Behavioral Health Services in Arizona

Shawn Abele (@MsAbele)
Technology integration educator, Gilbert Public Schools in Arizona

Vicki Saylor (@VictoriaKSaylor)
Arizona regional manager, Common Sense Education

Webinar Slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1pOluuLSeFDMMfq1I3cUmL46yfXCyxJKv7EA-QPWLtPc/edit#slide=id.g8283f8ad10_0_565

1. Allow for the grieving process, but take action to help families and students.
— What You Need to Know About Coronavirus and Grief: https://www.griefrecoverymethod.com/blog/2020/03/what-you-need-know-about-coronavirus-and-grief
— Seattle Children’s Hospital Parenting Tool: Emotion Coaching: https://www.seattlechildrens.org/pdf/PE1548.pdf

2. Schools and parents should provide structure and routine to alleviate anxiety and uncertainty in students.
— Gilbert Public Schools Parent Technical Support Information: https://sites.google.com/gilbertschools.net/parentsinstructionaltechnology/home
— Resources for Educators During the Coronavirus Pandemic: https://www.commonsense.org/education/coronavirus-resources
— 18 Distance Learning Tools with Sound Privacy Practices: https://www.commonsense.org/education/articles/18-distance-learning-tools-with-sound-privacy-practices

3. Create a community of support with other families, finding meaningful ways to stay connected and celebrate students.
— Expect More Arizona: Teacher and Graduate Celebrations 2020: https://www.expectmorearizona.org/2020-celebrations/

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Are you looking for resources to help during the school closures? We’ve got you. Common Sense has free tips and tools for educators and families to support the transition to at-home learning. Get remote teaching resources, family education materials, and research-backed strategies to ease stress and encourage learning:
For educators: https://www.commonsense.org/education/coronavirus-resources.
For families: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/resources-for-families-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic.

Join the conversation in our Facebook group, Common Sense Educators: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CommonSenseEducators/.

See more videos from the series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8TjVyuBdsCm83SWlcCqv3yfnORe0g7_q.

Common Sense Education supports K–12 schools with everything educators need to empower the next generation of digital citizens. Our innovative, award-winning Digital Citizenship Curriculum prepares students with lifelong habits and skills, supports teachers with training and recognition, and engages families and communities with helpful tips and tools. ​Schools everywhere rely on our free curriculum, expert advice, and edtech ratings to help kids thrive. Visit us at https://www.commonsense.org/education/.

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