Delaware Academy for School Leadership
Resources during COVID 19
Supporting Educators AND students in stressful times:
4/9/20 Learning Forward Webinar: “Supporting Students in Stressful Times”
Focus on the 3R’s
“The key is to create safe supportive environments that are marked by consistency and routines and predictable and the same things hold when we think about what is essential.”
Helping students with self regulation: Use a Emotional Response Strategies List
When I feel…………………….I Can
When I feel…………………….I Can
When I feel…………………….I Can
If I have strong feelings and don’t know what to do, I know I can get support from:_________________.
It’s important to build students’ social & emotional skills.
- CEC Free Membership: Council for Exceptional Children is giving free membership until May 31. Lots of great resources on their site for “members only.” Check it out! CEC Membership
- Amy Pleet-Odle, Ed.D. (Inclusion Focused Coaching) added a new page to her website Resources section called “My Favorite COVID-19 Resources.” She hosted a free webinar on 4/16/2020 related to Co-Teaching Models. Check out her webpage here: https://amypleet.com/resources-my-favorite-covid-19-resources/
- Website Supports Remote Special Education: New website offers tips for teachers about virtual special education. Teachers can share ideas online for serving students with disabilities during the pandemic.
To help teachers better serve special education students during the school closures, a coalition of more than 30 disability and education groups has created a digital one-stop shop of teaching resources.
EducatingAllLearners.org includes specific guidance on how teachers can deliver lessons online to students in special education, which has been a challenge as schools transition to online learning during the coronavirus pandemic. Special education students include those with physical disabilities, emotional challenges and dyslexia.
Gary Bloom’s Webinar “Supporting, Coaching and Supervising Principals in “Shelter-in Place” World” (April 8, 2020)
- Contact & Relationships is what is most important now.
- Student Engagement looks different in this environment of “shelter in place”.
- Checking on all students/families. Has the district/school contacted every child/family?
- All hands-on deck (counselors, psychologists, nurses, secretaries, paras) to ensure all students are participating at some level
- Ensuring easy learning access
- What is being done to address the students/families not participating at some level?
- Accountability looks different in this environment of “shelter in place”.
- How do we measure our efforts?
- Track the students/families that have been successfully contacted (when and how often)
- Track students that are turning in work
- Establish process where you regularly calibrate with principals their findings regarding engagement and family needs
- Develop and disseminate clearly articulated expectations for principals, teachers, staff.
- Identify primary focus during this crisis… taking care of each other
- Work hours
- Contacts with students and families
- Teacher Evaluation
- Principal Evaluations
- District’s begin planning strategically for the upcoming school year
- Identify a task force
- What comes next?
- How do we fill in knowledge gaps?
- How to respond to families that resist sending students back to school after a crisis?
The Covid-19 epidemic and world crisis is testing the will and resiliency of all leaders, none so more than those in education. An article authored by Elle Allison which appeared in Educational Leadership in December 2011/January 2012 titled The Resilient Leader – Educational Leadership is a timely and valuable read. The easily understandable practices addressed have never been more relevant and useful. Remember, one must choose to be resilient as a leader and be cognizant of the risk associated with those who don’t.
- Engage in personal renewal.
Mind and body, one must stay healthy. Take care of yourself and revitalize physically, mentally, and emotionally. Go for a run. Do yoga. Eat well but healthy. Read a book. Go for a walk. Schedule a social-distancing happy hour, dinner, with family or friends. Sleep in late. Work in the yard. Write a letter to someone expressing gratitude. Movie binge. Etc.
- Watch your mouth.
It’s a crisis we’re in and no one has all the answers. It’s a fine time to listen and carefully consider your thoughts, ideas, and, ultimately, your words. Right now there are plenty of shows and press conferences full of explanations, predictions, blowhard imaging, etc. Simply stated, resilient leaders consider all views, positions, and the circumstances of others before they speak.
- Stay Optimistic.
These are terrible times as the world is experiencing the loss of life due to a virus we are struggling to figure out. It is easy to get down and feel defeated. Resilient leaders acknowledge this but they also focus on the positive and use data, trends, and findings, to instill optimism and hope. In turn, they push people toward helpful actions that improve conditions.
- Quickly blunt the impact of setbacks.
Resilient leaders don’t point fingers and blame others. Rather, they are ready and willing to work with others on their team and in their organization to problem solve and move the needle.
- Cultivate networks before challenges hit.
If leaders have waited until now to build networks within their communities and amongst stakeholders, it’s too late. The good news is that I have personally watched every educational leader I know use their networks during the current Covid crisis. However, ensuring clear paths of communication with those networks is essential in case we find ourselves in this, or a similar situation, again.
- See patterns – and use insight for change.
Resilient leaders welcome data from the typical research modalities. However, they also look for information from multiple and diverse perspectives. They remain open-minded by staying well-informed by all, not a few.
On a final note, even during a crisis, the most successful and resilient leaders seek strong coaching. They ask, and are asked, powerful questions that ultimately lead to impactful action.