Anxiety and Worry
Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic provides tips for educators as they support students and families during the COVID-19 closures.
Classroom Accommodations for Anxiety provides educators with practical accommodations to support students who may be experiencing anxiety. Tips for providing emotional support, classroom scheduled, setup, routines, giving instruction, assignments, and introducing new concepts.
Minnesota Mental Health Fact sheets provide educators with an increased understanding of anxiety disorders, signs to look for in the school setting and accommodations.
Helping Traumatized Children Learn provides school leadership with a flexible framework to help create trauma-informed learning environments.
The Child Trauma Toolkit is a comprehensive guide for Educators. It provides educators with an understanding for what trauma may ‘look like’ in the school settings and actions to help students feel safe.
Tips to Manage Anxiety and Stress from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America provides educators with practical strategies to cope with anxiety.
A Compassionate Guide to Managing Anxiety Volume 2 from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America provides educators with practical strategies and supports to cope with anxiety.
The SEL Signature Practices provides educators with explicit guidance in how to leverage and embes three core SEL practices (opening classroom engaging, and closing). These strategies can be used in both fact to face and virtual learning settings.
This resource from the National Center for Grieving Children and Families provides guidance on how to support children and adolescents experiencing grief.
Central Rivers AEA Crisis Response team developed this resource to support districts as they navigate crisis situations.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network developed this resources to provide educators, parents and families, suggestions when supporting children and adolescents experiencing traumatic separation and/or grief
Through Virtual Learning
During times of stress it is important that educators take time to engage in self-care. This provides strategies and resources to help educators take care of themselves.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created several new stressors for educators and students. This resource is designed to help educators identify students who may need additional support when providing virtual learning
Relationship mapping from the Harvard Making Caring Common Project, Teaching Routines in Virtual Learning. Staying connected to schools whether during both face to face and virtual learning. This resource provides a Resource Mapping strategy to support districts as they continue to connect with students.
This resource provides practical behavior management strategies for educators engaging in online/virtual learning.
Developed through a collaboration between Iowa AEAs and the Department of Education, this resource provides resources to support educators, students and families.
Tools for Supporting Educator Well-Being
We are struggling with accepting what is going on and the reality of not having a clear picture of what will happen next. This can create significant distress that is harmful to our well-being. This resource provides an eight step process to help as you cope with the here and know and worry about the unknown.
Self-care is important, especially in times of distress. This resource from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network provides educators with practice self-care strategies to increase well-being.
Care for the Caregiver provides school staff with guidance to identify when a colleague is in distress and identifies practical self care strategies that can be implemented to increase well-being.
This resource provides parents and educators with an understanding of suicide risk factors, warning signs and guidance of what to do if a child or adolescent is at risk for suicide.
If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide, know that you are NOT ALONE. Reach out now! We care about you!:
- Please call 211 and tell the operator you need to speak with the suicide lifeline.
- Call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
If you are unsafe and need help:
- If you need help immediately call 911
- Need to talk with a counselor? Call or text the National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-422-4453. Live chat is available at www.childhelphotline.org
If someone in your house is unsafe or needs help:
- If you need help immediately call 911
- Need to talk with a counselor/advocate? Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or live chat at https://www.thehotline.org/what-is-live-chat/.