Anxiety and Worry

Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

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

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

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 Volume 1 and Volume 2

Helping Traumatized Children Learn provides school leadership with a flexible framework to help create trauma-informed learning environments.

Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators

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

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

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.

SEL 3 Signature Practices PlayBook- CASEL

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.

 

Autism

Autism Society COVID-19 Toolkit by Topic

Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times

Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic: Yale’s Guide for Families with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Covid-19 Virtual Outreach Series

 

Grief

When Your World is already Turned Upside Down: Supporting Grieving Children and Teens

This resource from the National Center for Grieving Children and Families provides guidance on how to support children and adolescents experiencing grief.

Crisis Response Team

Central Rivers AEA Crisis Response team developed this resource to support districts as they navigate crisis situations.

Helping Children with Traumatic Separation or Traumatic Grief Related to COVID-19

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

School/LEA Staff Resources

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.

What to look for: Identifying signs of distress and mental health/well-being through virtually learning

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

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.

Extending Classroom Management Online-Edutopia

This resource provides practical behavior management strategies for educators engaging in online/virtual learning.

Iowa Return to Learn SEBH

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

8 Steps to Cope with the Current Reality-Acceptance

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.

Tips for Taking Care of Yourself

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.

 

Suicide

Preventing Youth Suicide: Tips for Parents and Educators

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: