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Eye to Eye
The turmoil and uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated challenges facing students across the country — especially students with learning differences. To support their community during a school year already characterized by unpredictability, Eye to Eye has put together Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for the LD/ADHD Community, complete with key resources for students, educators, and families to navigate distance learning and stay connected, safe, and healthy.
Acelero Learning has kept their in-person centers closed due to COVID-19 safety concerns; however, to continue providing critical services to their community, they’ve created Shine at Home. Designed to encourage their families to “continue supporting their child’s educational opportunities at home,” Shine at Home includes engaging learning activities for children 0-5 years old, including lessons, activities, and e-books.
As many teachers and school leaders navigate remote or hybrid learning this fall, New Leaders is using key insights from the transition to remote learning this past spring to provide guidance and resources. Their Virtual Classroom Toolkit offers guidance on how to “promote equity in the virtual space,” “build and sustain community,” “partner with families and caregivers to support students,” create effective virtual spaces for students, and more, and provides “opportunities for educators to reflect on their current practices in order to create a plan to improve.”
Students from traditionally under-resourced communities face even greater challenges in the face of COVID-19, and City Year remains committed to being there to support and empower the young people they serve. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, City Year pulled together FAQs, resources to support students, families, and teachers, and chronicled the ways in which they’ve adapted their work to continue meeting the needs of the moment.
Citizen Schools has continued to update their COVID-19 Resources page throughout the pandemic, offering timely and relevant information to support teachers, parents, and students as they navigate an uncertain school year. Among these resources is the CovEd program, “a matchmaking platform that connects K-12 students seeking tutoring with volunteer college students offering to mentor students during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
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