Resources for Educators & Families
JCISD Whole Child: May 11th
Weekly Learning Snapshot Highlight: Taking Care of Yourself During This Turbulent Time
We are all going through a uniquely stressful time with COVID-19. This resource provides tips and resources for reducing stress and taking care of ones self. Intended for teachers, these resources could easily be adapted to be shared with students and their families.
Theme: Self Care/Staff Wellness
Audience: For use by teachers and administrators, but can be adapted for students and their families.
Presentation: Taking Care of Yourself During This Turbulent Time (slides), Taking Care of Yourself During This Turbulent Time (voice-over)
Food Distribution Sites
Our schools and community have come together to ensure that all of our students are fed during this time of crisis. Click here for a list of school district food distribution sites.
Michigan Department of Education also released a map showing food sites across the state.
$137,000 Available for Food, Shelter Needs
United Way invites local governmental and private voluntary organizations that qualify to apply for these funds. Special consideration is given to organizations that serve the elderly, families with children, homeless individuals with mental or physical disabilities, and veterans.
View the Entire Grant Requirements HERE
MCAN launches free statewide college advising hotline
The hotline can be reached by calling or texting 810-373-5385. It is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, but hours will be adjusted as necessary to best serve the needs of students. The service is staffed by college advisers from MCAN's AdviseMI program and the Michigan State University College Advising Corps. To help serve as many students as possible, the hotline initiative also is partnered with the Detroit Regional Chamber and Detroit College Access Network. For additional information, read the press release.
The Impact of Childhood Adversity on Health and COVID-19
Easy Way to Communicate with Parents or Guardians
If you are looking for a simple and smart way to communicate with parents or guardians, then check out Talking Points! This free resource for teachers from MASSP allows educators to connect with student families by sending text messages in which parents/guardians can respond to using a mobile device or via a web browser. Teachers can send individualized, custom messages to large groups and even schedule messages out in advance.
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Tips for Creating an Inclusive Virtual Space
- Diverse Content
- Inclusive Facilitation
- Creating Space
View all the tips for creating an inclusive virtual space HERE
Resources from JCISD Tech
- Tips on Google Classroom
- DIY Phone Stands
- K-12 Best Practices for Conferencing
- Chromebook Accessibility
View the entire newsletter HERE
Resources for Distance Learning for Parents
- A Parent’s Guide to Virtual Learning: 4 Actions to Improve Your Child’s Experience With Online Learning (National Center for Learning Disabilities)
- The NCLD strongly believes that learners with disabilities can be served effectively in online settings. They’ve created a resource for parents and families that show the best practices to serve children with disabilities in this new environment.
- Digital Resources for Overwhelmed Parents (Digital Learning)
- Digital learning provides a list of online digital learning resources for parents overwhelmed by the shift to at home learning during Covid-19.
- Advice To Parents On Maximizing Privacy & Minimizing Screen Time While Your Child’s School Is Closed (Parent Coalition for Student Privacy)
- For the millions of parents whose children’s schools are closed, here is some advice on trying to minimize the risks from your children’s overuse of screens, and to maximize their privacy if they are using ed tech apps.
- Cultivating Confident Learners from the Comfort of Home (African American Homeschool Moms)
- This resource offers a network with other African-American homeschool families or who are looking to find homeschool curriculum and resources an featuring African-American perspective
- Creating Authentic Learning Experiences at Home (by Katie Martin)
- Katie Martin invites parents and families to consider moments when they’ve had powerful learning experiences (no matter the setting) and how it can open their imaginations to what’s possible inside our homes.
- Google Tools for Struggling Students and Special Needs (Control Alt Achieve)
- Technology can be a powerful tool to assist students with special needs or any sort of learning challenge. In particular the Chrome web browser allows users to install a wide variety of web extensions that provide tools that can help all learners, regardless of ability level.
- A Parent Guide to Home Learning During the Coronavirus (by Sam Chaltain. This article invites parents to pause, take a deep breath, and use six simple ideas to create weeks of learning opportunities.
- Engaging teens in learning during the coronavirus crisis (by Michael Robbins) Michael Robbins provides insights on how to design transformative home-based learning opportunities that connect young people to their passions, peers, community, and careers.
Jackson District Library Resources
- Brittanica School (Available through mel.org): Facts about people, countries, science, animals, current events, and biographies for all students.
- eBook K-8 Collection (Available through mel.org): Titles that support K-8 students across all subject areas.
- Novelist K-8 Plus (Available through mel.org): Find just the right book by subject, age, awards won, books made into movies, and much more. Read reviews and learn about the author. Create your own reading wish list.
- Grolier Online Kids (JDL resource) – An encyclopedia oriented toward K-12 students. Also includes links to world newspapers
- Google Arts & Culture Collections (Online Resource): Over 500 museums and galleries around the world bring anyone and everyone virtual tours and online exhibits of some of the most famous museums around the world
- Virtual concerts, plays, museums and other culture (Online Resource): List of worldwide cultural activities to engage in online
- Read, Wonder, and Learn! Favorite Authors & Illustrators Share Resources for Learning Anywhere (Online Resource): Webpage featuring authors reading their own kids’ books, with the videos embedded in the page
- Virtual School Activities (Online Resource): Great list of Online virtual tours and activities from around the world
- Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos (mel.org resource): Spanish version of World Book—designed for young students or second language learners
Yoga for Kids
Contact the Whole Child Team
Janelle Buchler: Whole Child Consultant (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Eric Swihart: Whole Child Coordinator (email@example.com)
Caitlin Williams: Attendance and Homeless Program Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rebecca Hurst: Behavior Health Project Coordinator (email@example.com)
Kelsea Jabkiewicz: Data Integration and Medicaid Cost Recovery Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Angela Maddox: Whole Child Secretary (email@example.com)