M-CESC Teaching & Learning

September Focus: Resources for Parents/Guardians

Easing the Learning Curve

Not only have educators had to adapt during these unprecedented times, students and parents have, as well. While class time could be used to instruct and prepare students for distance learning, parents and guardians need resources to access at more opportune times. This month's newsletter has an abundance of resources based upon the learning platforms and/or devices being utilized.

The video below is from TLC's Outdaughtered, but we chose it because it is a great representation of what many parents experienced during the initial closure of schools.

And as always, please reach out to us if you have questions.

Homeschooling Six Girls! | OutDaughtered
Back-to-School Guide for Families

Set your family up for success with distance learning tips and resources. From using Zoom to managing anxiety and supporting social and emotional well-being, welcome to your go-to guide for a positive experience learning from home.

Additional Resources for Families Regarding Distance Learning

Mental Health Resources for Back-to-School

Families across the country are adapting to the evolving changes in daily life caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. When schools closed in March 2020, Ohio’s families and school-aged children experienced many changes, including changes in daily routines, lack of predictability, increased fears about their safety, the safety of loved ones, and extended periods of isolation. In some cases, children may have experienced other related trauma such as: loss of a loved one, limited access to food and safe shelter, and ongoing safety and security concerns (abuse, neglect, exposure to violence).

Parents, caregivers and school staff will need to consider the impact of these experiences when planning to support children in their transition back into the traditional, hybrid or virtually-based school year. The following is a list of resources, curated by our team at OhioMHAS and aimed at supporting the mental health of students, parents, caregivers and school staff upon returning to school and throughout the year.

Those resources are linked here.

Resources for Families of Exceptional Children

AFIRM Modules are designed to help you learn the step-by-step process of planning for, using, and monitoring an EBP with learners with ASD from birth to 22 years of age.

The team at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute developed a free online toolkit to help families and caregivers supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorder during the COVID-19 virus.

NCPMI provides services with the goal of promoting the positive social, emotional and behavioral outcomes of young children (birth through five), reducing the use of inappropriate discipline practices, increasing the inclusion and ongoing participation of young children with disabilities in early childhood settings, and the promotion of family engagement.

Tips for Families in Supporting Their Children with Disabilities in Virtual Formats

Stop Learning Loss

Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) is OPEN and HERE TO HELP YOU! While we will continue providing resources to help you cope with COVID-19, we also understand the power of education and for that reason, all of our educational trainings and workshops through the month of May 2020, will be provided virtually and from the comfort of your home.

How Parents Can Help Their Students Stay Safe Online

With the increase in time students are expected to be on the internet, for virtual learning, comes an increase in exposure and risks that the internet often poses. However, there are ways to be proactive to help reduce these risks.

We have included here a blog that discusses how parents can instill good internet safety practices in their children, as well as ways that parents can keep their own information safe.

Are you digitally fit?

Technology is all around us. Devices like smartphones, computers, and tablets have vastly improved the way we learn, solve problems, and work in our daily lives. In our increasingly technology-rich world, it is essential that students are equipped to lead a balanced and healthy digital lifestyle for success in school, at home, and in their future careers.

That’s where the Digital Wellness Project comes in... click the link below to access the project website, a partnership between WOSU and its partners.

Ohio Department of Education

ODE offers an extensive list of resources for parents and caregivers. These resources are not only subject-specific, but they also include additional resources for social-emotional learning, gifted education and online learning.


While we are not self-care experts, we can help you with instruction. Please reach out to us if you find yourself needing instructional or curricular help during these complicated times. We know that you have been inundated with resources, so we have worked to organize those for you. We are here to help - reach out to one of us.





We have linked upcoming webinars and online workshops that are being offered to educators at no cost.

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