Learning Together 2020

Students, families, educators, and leaders are all coping with additional stress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ongoing systemic racism adds an addition layer to this crisis. This fall, we'll need to prioritize social and emotional well-being, relationships, and connectedness more than ever. 





Webinar: Promising District Leadership Practices for Transformative Change in the Context of COVID-19

This webinar expands on findings from a recent research study that identified promising examples of local leaders enactinged three instructional leadership principles: 1) Families as Equal Partners in Learning; 2) Rich Learning Opportunities; and 3) Coordinated, Coherent, and Inclusive Decision-Making. District leaders from five school districts reflect on what they’ve learned about supporting instruction during the “dual pandemics” of COVID- 19 and racial injustice. They share their current and future efforts to center the experiences and perspectives of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and emphasize family and community relationships to reorient district-level decision-making. (New: Added 11/16/2020)

Webinar: Free Play and its Role in Health, Equity, and Community

With access to structured play and physical activity limited, free and unstructured play is essential for kids' mental and physical health right now. In this free webinar on Nov.12, a panel of King County Play Equity Coalition partners will engage in conversation about the importance of free play, play inequities in King County, how COVID has forced changes in approaches to play, and some potential solutions for communities, programs, and families. (NEW: Added 10/30)




Webinar Collection: Early and Expanded Learning Webinars from Cultivate Learning

Access 25 free, on-demand webinars from UW Cultivate Learning's 2020 Washington Early and Expanded Learning Quality Virtual Institute. Learn about quality care and evidence-based practices supporting children and caregivers such as trauma-Informed care and adult resilience, positive behavior support strategies, and social-emotional learning. (NEW: Added 8/28)

Town Hall Discussion: Talking to Kids About Race & Racism

In this panel discussion hosted by Seattle Girls' School, panelists including UW's Professor Janine Jones discuss developmentally appropriate conversations about racism and how parents can deepen their conversations about race with their children. 


Articles & Webinars

Article: How to Teach Your Children About Racism in America: A Resource for Understanding the George Floyd Protests written by UW faculty members Manka Varghese, Maggie Beneke, and Teddi Beam-Conroy and alumni Caryn Park

Webinar Series: Emotion Regulation and Distress Tolerance During Difficult Times by Professor James Mazza

Resource Lists

Activities for Families with Caregivers of Young Children from Cultivate Learning

Early Childhood Resources collected by the College of Education

Physical Activity Resources from the Center for Leadership in Athletics

Re-Opening Guidance & Equity Considerations from King County Play Equity Coalition

Family & Programmatic Physical Activity Resources from King County Play Equity Coalition

Activities for Students

Corona Multimedia Showcase: An International Celebration of Creativity in the Time of A Pandemic (ages 3-19) from the NW Center for Excellence in Media Literacy

Select Websites With Additional Resources

School's Out Washington Framework for School-Community Partnerships for Students During COVID-19 (NEW: Added 9/1)

Panel Discussion: Learning From and With the School Mental Health Workforce (School Counselors, Psychologists, and Teacher Educators) including Professor Janine Jones

UW Center for Child & Family Well-Being 

Children’s Big Questions During the COVID-19 Crisis: Resources for Parents from the UW Center for Philosophy for Children

Social Emotional Learning for Adults from Second Step

CASEL Social and Emotional Learning Roadmap for Reopening School

TODOS Centering Our Humanity: Addressing Social and Emotional Needs in Schools and Mathematics Classrooms

NYU's Culturally Responsive Education Hub

We Teach NYC


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