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Supporting Our Students

Develop the skills and strategies you need to support your students and community during the COVID-19 crisis.
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From supporting student and educator mental health to adapting teaching practices to navigate the ever-changing needs of communities affected by the pandemic, educators must learn new skills to ensure student success in a post-coronavirus world. We've got your back with webinars, micro-credentials and other helpful resources.

SEL and Mental Health Resources

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SEL Strategies from a Culture and Climate Coach

How to help students, educators and families cope as schools return to in-person learning.
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Resources on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Student and Educator Mental Health

Supporting our students’ and educators’ mental health with social emotional learning (SEL) helps the whole school community thrive.
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How to Help Your School Community Through Grief and Loss

Countless people have been touched by grief during the pandemic, and people working in schools have often struggled with it – in an atmosphere where there is so much else that we have lost.
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“It will be imperative for schools to take the time to really look at ways to support students. That means SEL incorporated within the classrooms, less academic pressure, and more counseling support....When our students feel safe they’re able to learn.”
Quote by: Jaclyn Eppright, Counseling Social Worker, Millville, New Jersey

Classroom Practice

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American Academy of Pediatrics Shares Strategies for Safe In-Person Instruction

In discussion with NEA members, a leading pediatrician outlines health and equity issues for schools.
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Will the Pandemic Change Homework Forever?

During remote learning, all school work became homework, forcing educators to re-examine what works and doesn't.
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Recess During the Pandemic: More Important Than Ever

Physical distancing may be a challenge, but recess and other opportunities for play are essential for children to recover from pandemic-related trauma.
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Finding Children’s Books in a Pandemic

When COVID-19 created a need for more digital content and increased access to books, these organizations and publishers stepped up.

Take a Yale Course: Managing Emotions in Times of Uncertainty and Stress

This 10-hour course, led by experts in psychology, education, and research at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence is designed for school staff. It focuses on strategies for dealing with uncertainty, stress, and other emotions relevant to the current times, as well as on strategies for helping students to manage their emotions. Available at no cost for NEA members.

COVID-19–Related Micro-Credentials

Now's the perfect time to demonstrate your competence in subjects that are particularly relevant when coping with the impact of COVID-19.
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Technology Integration 101

Learn how to integrate digital tools (Google docs, QR codes, student response systems and more) into classroom lessons.
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Cultivating Socially Just Environments

Deepen your understanding of how to cultivate socially just educational environments.
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Cultural Competence Standard

Examine cultural contexts and learn to interact across cultural contexts with sensitivity to differences like economics, race, and disability. (For education support professionals)
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Help for Families and Educators to Support Reading and Learning at Home

NEA has teamed up with PBS station WETA to offer a variety of resources to help educators and families work collaboratively to ensure student success, both at school and at home. Our resources include instructional videos with expert tips on reading strategies, information on special education, tips for English language learners, articles that highlight best practices and more!

Webinar: Returning to In-Person Learning

NEA's Office of General Council, Collective Bargaining, and Member Advocacy teams answer members' questions about their rights and considerations for returning to in-person instruction. Want more? Browse previous webinars.

Share Your Story

As the country grapples with the impact of COVID-19, our members are looking for help and hope. Use the form below to share how you’re getting through this tough time, a story about an educator going beyond the call of duty, or an inspiring photo or video.

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Join the Community of Educators Navigating COVID-19 Together

Join our Facebook group to connect with NEA members in your states and locals to seek and share important information about how COVID-19 is affecting your communities and what’s being done to support your students and one another.
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Great public schools for every student

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.