Last Updated: March 16, 2020
As concerns around coronavirus (COVID-19) increase in the U.S. and around the world, we'll be curating this post to give you information about COVID-19, how you can prepare for it in your program(s), and more.
We know many people in the education community are concerned and looking for information on how to handle and discuss this evolving situation. Please consider sharing these resources in your organization.
We'll be adding more resources to this blog post as they come in so bookmark the page to stay up-to-date.
This guide from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) helps programs plan, prepare, and respond to the coronavirus. It explains what steps programs should follow depending on the status of COVID-19 in their community, cleaning and disinfection recommendations, FAQs for administrators, and more.
The Harvard Health Blog discusses how to provide information on the coronavirus to children and questions they may have.
Chalkbeat discusses the challenges of making sure all students have equal access to remote learning. They also bring up some alternatives schools can consider instead of going online.
Stay up-to-date on school closures in your local community and state so you can make informed decisions for your organization. Edweek is updating this map twice a day and indicating whether a school is scheduled to close, currently closed, or reopened. This map covers both public and private schools in the U.S.
The Community Action Program Legal Services (CAPLAW) released considerations that Head Start employers and providers can use while assessing the current coronavirus situation. This is helpful for those who are looking for information on paid and unpaid leave, employee travel, educating employees on the coronavirus, and more.
A checklist from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that details how to plan for a flu pandemic, how to coordinate program closings, infection control policies, and how to communicate your plan to employees, families, and members of the community.
Digital Promise is compiling resources related to online learning, issues surrounding it, and questions to consider if you're implementing it.
In addition to the above, if you're looking for free CLASS resources you can use as a teacher, coach, or observer, we have a huge variety of e-books, research, videos, and webinars available on our site. This is a stressful time and we're here to support you in any way we can. Please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.
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When I was a teacher, I can remember taking care to intentionally plan differentiated, or individualized, instruction. And, when I was teaching pre-K I added the same level of intentionality to which materials were available in interest areas, and how I approached transitions throughout the day.
While any level of intentionally, specifically in relation to planning, is important -- I missed a critical opportunity in being more intentional in my interactions with the children in my class.
There is always an opportunity for interaction. Some opportunities are easily recognizable: times of play, free choice, centers, small group. We often see teachers engaged in activities alongside children during these times or hear questions being asked. Other opportunities might be a little less obvious. These are the times of your day that you might see as mundane moments that merely require your supervision or monitoring. The times where you’re going through the motions. “I’m doing this thing so I can move on to the next thing.”
In a previous blog, colleague and early childhood environment extraordinaire, Heather Sason, discussed how your classroom environment can help promote effective teacher-child interactions. In this blog, I propose we explore some of the often overlooked times in your day that are ripe for interactions with children and that do promote exploration, learning, and development!
It's not uncommon for teachers in early education to need to strike a balance between following children's leads and sticking to the classroom schedule. We know that intentional teachers are aware of their responsibility to assess student progress, understand skill mastery, and plan accordingly to provide opportunities for children to grow. However, many times, as teachers begin a specific teacher-directed activity, it is unsettling when students begin to veer from the step-by-step plans the teacher has worked hard to implement.
Teacher and coach, Colleen Schmit, will share how teachers can strike the balance between following the lesson plans and giving children freedom of choice and flexibility in the classroom.
We’re more than a month into the school year, and many educators and school leaders are feeling tired or burnt out already. That’s normal in any school year, as the newness of back-to-school wanes and the reality of a long year ahead kicks in. But, this year, that tiredness may feel like it has never felt before. Chalkbeat has reported that teacher vacancies are up in 18 of 20 large school districts, and it’s not surprising. Many are exhausted after a difficult year and a half (to put it mildly!). Many are also leaving the profession in droves to find work in competitive environments that provide a substantially larger salary.