The social and emotional toll that remote and hybrid education has taken on students, parents, and educators cannot be overemphasized. Students with special needs have probably suffered the most. No one could have ever imagined that our entire system of delivering education to millions of U.S. students would have changed so abruptly last spring. Teaching during this pandemic has shaken the very foundations of our educational system. The amazing, creative work that educators continue to do to reach and teach students who are disaffected, and those who no longer can attend full-day school, has been nothing short of remarkable.

In order the assist teachers in their work, I have compiled a list of resources that are useful for remote teaching.  Many of these resources for remote learning come from: https://districtadministration.com/coronavirus-free-teaching-resources-free-education-services-covid-19/  Most are free. or at a low cost for at least a period of time.  You can also find information to effectively use remote learning tools such as Google & Zoom at https://infohub.nyced.org/working-with-the-doe/covid-19-resources/teach-from-home-technology

I have divided this list of resources into three parts. The first Toolkit (blog 1 of the series) had General, Reading and Language Arts, and Math Tools. The second Toolkit (blog 2 of the series) had Science and Social Studies Tools. This Toolkit (blog 3 of the series) has SEL/ SPED Solutions, Social and Emotional Learning Tools, and Virtual Fieldtrips. 

 

SEL and SPED Solutions

  1. Rethink Ed, https://www.rethinkfirst.com/ a K-12 social-emotional learning and mental health solution, is providing free daily distance learning training sessionsa parent resource center, a SEL toolkit and a SPED tookit
  2. Autism resources Stages Learning Materials is providing free resources for children with autism, including a COVID-19 emergency resource kit that includes free lessons, behavior management tools and a basic overview of how to use the Language Builder ARIS curriculum system at home. Also available is the Autism Learning Line, a community forum created to facilitate discussions and provide resources. Access these resources.
  3. Gemiini Systems Telehealth/distance learning is making its web-based special education services available with no upfront costs for three months, or longer if the crisis continues. The company’s learning program is designed for people with autism, Down syndrome, dyslexia, speech delay, stroke, and others. Gemiini System’s Discrete Video Modeling sessions teach speech, language, reading, social, and life skills.
  4. click2speech – Google Chrome – free app – Click on a text and click2speech reads it out to you.

Social and Emotional Wellbeing

  • Emotional check-in workshop: Centervention has created a simple worksheet that asks how your kids are feeling, what their favorite new activities are, what they miss and things they are looking forward to. Download the worksheet.
  • TAP Online – This free series of self-paced trainings for educators on social-emotional learning and behavioral health in schools features interviews with educators who share strategies and resources from their own professional practice. A certificate of completion is provided to all participants. Learn more and register now.
  • Aperture Education – Aperture Education’s collection of free social-emotional learning resources  includes downloadable strategies that educators can send to their students; professional development resources for educators including the EdSERT Optimistic Thinking Guide; and additional resources such as white papers, videos, and blog posts. Aperture’s parent portal offers additional resources for families.
    1. Conscious Discipline – Conscious Discipline has released free online resources including simple emotional regulation exercises, child-friendly educational activities about current events, trauma-informed advice and how-to’s for staying positive. View the resources or sign up for e-mail notifications of new resources.
  • Discovery Education SEL activities– Discovery Education has partnered with many companies to create programs that promote social-emotional learning. The Discover Your Happy program equips communities with skills to reduce stress and create Sustainable Happiness. 
  • Mindfulness app -This app from Inner Explorer offers an audio-guided mindfulness program to families for free. Download the app.

Field Trips

  • American Museum of Natural History Virtual Field Trips These VR field trips allow students to engage with museum exhibits remotely and to complete activities to gain scientific knowledge, with materials to support teachers or parents in standards-aligned instruction. Take a virtual field trip.
  • My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today: American Writers Museum is bringing this exhibit to viewers online. Viewers can hear personal stories about topics such as identity, community, language, storytelling and what it means to be an American from contemporary authors. Explore the exhibit.
  • Music – Symphony Spot – The League of American Orchestras has created this one-stop hub of orchestra livestreams, videos, and digital learning events from more than 100 members and friends of the League. The hub features various experiences, from performances of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s Bedtime with Bach video series to the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s BSO Homeschool initiative featuring lesson plans, instrument demonstrations, and virtual lessons. Access the directory.
  • #MetKids-This Metropolitan Museum of Art website, created for kids age 7-12, allows users to explore the museum’s interactive map, watch behind-the-scenes videos featuring kids, travel through more than 5,000 years of art in a time machine, & try creative home projects.