Applying for College in the Age of #COVID19

Tonight’s post is exclusively for #HighSchool students & their parents to help you #PrepareForCollege and the  #CollegeApplication process.

There are many things you can do virtually, and several of our volunteers have gathered resources to help because it’s never too early to start planning for college.

Some of my students began in 8th grade by searching online for areas of interests like Pre-Vet programs and what math & science classes they will be required to have to apply, so that he could make sure they take those in HS

So you’re not sure what you want to be when you grow up. That’s fine too, over 80% of students don’t decide on a career path until the middle of sophomore year at college. Use this site to learn about where your strengths and interests are best suited:
https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/explore-careers

Another thing you can do in the next 2 weeks is acquire new skills or improve the ones you have. For example, the study skills you have in middle school will not help you with Chemistry or Algebra. Here are 2 great resources:

http://www.khanacademy.org

http://www.how-to-study.com/study-skills/en

If you’re a high school #junior, applying to colleges in the fall, recruiters will be looking at how you spent this time. We suggest you explore interests, hobbies or find ways to  give back to your community. A safe way is being a digital volunteer: https://bit.ly/2JjyHxy

Colleges will look to see 2 things from applicants:

  • how they managed their educational interruption
  • what did they do with the time they had

For the high school #writers #poets #artists & creative types among you… use this time to develop your talent. You’ll never have as much time as the present to express your thoughts and inspire others in the process. #Students share with us your talent! #Seattle #NYC #NOLA

COVID19: Homeschooling Week 2

Now that more schools have closed because of the Coronavirus Pandemic, we know some of you are frightened at the prospect of homeschooling while others who are about to begin their 2nd week are having a tough time with your new role as teacher, so today’s post is focused on Homeschooling.

We previously shared on these topics and you’ll find the links to those posts below:

If you’re struggling with your kids over schoolwork during this Coronavirus quarantine (like most of us are), Dr. Phil has: 8 Tips For Handling Meltdowns. See the video for context: https://shar.es/aHshAw

Advice most master teachers give new teachers when they’re first start out: “Aim for Survival, Not Perfection.” Here’s an article on how to survive the first 2 weeks and begin the process of mastering homeschooling.   

https://nypost.com/2020/03/20/tip-for-suddenly-homeschooling-parents-during-coronavirus-aim-for-survival-not-perfection/

Here’s a Webinar recording by ADDitude Magazine for those homeschooling children  with ADHD. They share great tips and strategies to help parents keep kids focused.
https://www.additudemag.com/webinar/coronavirus-homeschooling-parent-strategies/

The Three Hour Homeschool Solution show you how to maximize your child’s time so they remain focused. The post below is also packed with additional resources for you to explore. One of our volunteers uses this approach in her home with great results.
https://simplehomeschool.net/coronavirus/

Learn at Home with YouTube – is a special section developed by education experts for students (and teachers) of all ages:
There are great online lessons – either live or recorded – in all subjects at various times throughout the day. If you have an important teleconference this is how you keep your children busy.
https://learnathome.withyoutube.com/

Coronavirus y el Teletrabajo

Para muchas persona esta es la primera vez que trabajamos desde casa durante un período prolongado. Tal vez te parece extraño y un poco desconcertante el no tener un adulto con quient uno pueda tener una charla rápida sobre algún tema, o compartir un chiste con un compañero de trabajo. Si eres nuevo al teletrabajo tal vez te sientas como un pez fuera del agua. Compartimos este artículo porque creemos que le ayudará a aprender que tiene que hacer para tener éxito con este experimento.

Es muy importante mantenerse conectado con miembros de tu departamento, mientras trabajes de tu casa. El estar conectados nos permite ser productivos y ayuda a sentirnos acompañados. Hazte un horario de trabajo durante el día para asegurarte que no estés usando tiempo personal para el trabajo y que cuando estés trabajando estés enfocado a esas tareas.

https://thinkingwithyou.com/2020/03/10-habitos-saludables-para-trabajar-desde-casa/

Usa una plataforma de colaboración, como slack, rocketmail o discord, para colaborar con miembros de tu equipo, ya que es más fácil que trabajar por email. Estas plataformas te pueden ayudar a estar conectado como si estuvieras en la oficina.

Si tienes niños, sabemos que es casi un milagro trabajar desde casa:
Establece una rutina para todos- Haz que los niños ayuden con las tareas apropiadas para su edad. Establece un tiempo de silencio para que puedas concentrarse en el trabajo.

https://www.lavanguardia.com/vivo/mamas-y-papas/20200319/474252216471/teletrabajo-conciliacion-familiar-mision-imposible.html?utm_term=botones_sociales_app

Finalmente sé paciente contigo mismo. Este es un gran cambio, incluso cuando no haya pandemia, sin dudas, esto ayudará a #FrenarLaCurva para que podamos volver a al trabajo.

COVID19: Recursos Para Ayuda

#CORONAVIRUS EN ESPAÑOL: Recursos Oficiales

La situación del COVID19 coronavirus, es algo que está evolucionando rápidamente en todo el mundo a medida que más países anuncian infecciones. Esta página fue creada para vincular a las personas con recursos gratuitos en la web, que lo ayudarán a navegar esta crisis.

Google esta ofreciendo recursos de aprendizaje a distancia para escuelas afectadas por COVID-19. Para los educadores y administradores de TI que se preparan para posibles cierres de escuelas, o que actualmente se enfrentan a ellos, aquí hay algunas maneras de involucrar a los estudiantes a través del aprendizaje a distancia. Para mas información visite este enlace:

Frena la Curva – es una Red ciudadana de autoayuda contra el #COVID19. Es una colaboración de ciudadanos, educadores, profesionales y otros que recolectan recursos útiles durante esta crisis. Ellos cubren muchos temas, incluyendo:

  • Cultura
  • Educación
  • Para familias
  • Trabajo
  • Para su comunidad

Si vives en lost Estados Unidos y necesitas ayuda para encontrar alimentos, pagar facturas de vivienda u otros servicios esenciales, utilice El Sitio 211 para obtener ayuda. Cuando llegues allí, primero haga un clic en el botón de “Idioma”, en la parte superior derecha de la página, y seleccione “Spanish” para traducir este sitio web para a “Español”.

COVID19 & Social Distancing

You probably have heard a lot about Social Distancing lately, which is the amount of physical space we maintain with other individuals during social interactions. Do you want to know why we talk so much about #SocialDistancing in order to #FlattenTheCurve?

Because the coronavirus spreads very easily through social contact, like through handshakes. But the most effective way we spread viruses is when we cough or sneeze, because then we spread tiny droplets through the air and onto surfaces. The graph below shows how contagious #COVID19 is in comparison to other viruses.

If we personally engage in creating a social distance between ourselves and others then we can #SlowTheSpread of #COVID19 and create an impact in our own social circle by not getting friends and family sick and at the same time reducing your own risk of getting sick.

We can #SlowTheSpread of #COVID19 by using the following social distancing measures:

  • Reducing the number of people around you throughout your entire day
  • Staying home, even when you feel well.
  • When you’re out, keep at least 6 feet between you and others
  • Using alternative means of social interaction such as:
    video chat, text or phone calls to connect with friends and family members.

And for the #ASL community here’s a video about Social Distancing #StayAtHome#FlattenTheCurve

So what happens if we don’t do our part to stop the spread? Simple our loved ones can get sick. Yes you can be responsible for infecting those you love. And for those who are over 60, or even those who are younger, and who have:

  • Diabetes
  • Lung Disease or respiratory issues
  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer
  • or are immune compromised

the results can be deadly, as the fatality rate for these individuals is higher than the regular population, as shown in a an earlier study:

Aside from the high fatality rate for certain age groups and health conditions, there’s another important reason why state health officials want everyone to stop the spread. Imagine the following scene: in NYC health officials are projecting over 1 million individuals will get seriously ill requiring hospitalization. If residents don’t all cooperate and practice social distancing or self-isolation to #slowthespread then the graphic below indicates what will happen: hospitals become overwhelmed and people will die from either lack of medical intervention or intervention that is too late. This is exactly what we are seeing in Italy at the moment.

On March 20th, 2020, The country of Italy exceeded the total number of deaths (4,032) that occurred in Mainland China (3259), during that country’s 3 month battle with #COVID19.

COVID19: Recursos Para Familias Con Niños

Lo que madres, padres y educadores deben saber: cómo proteger a hijas, hijos y alumnos y cómo ayudarlos a entender sobre el Coronavirus (COVID19) Download=Descargar

Cómo hablarle a tu hijo sobre la enfermedad por coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Ocho consejos para tranquilizar y proteger a los niños.

Es comprensible que tus hijos estén nerviosos. Para los niños puede ser difícil entender lo que ven en internet o en la televisión, o lo que escuchan decir a otras personas, y pueden ser especialmente vulnerables a sentimientos de ansiedad, estrés y tristeza. Sin embargo, mantener una conversación abierta y sincera con tus hijos podrá ayudarlos a entender y sobrellevar la situación e incluso a hacer una contribución positiva para los demás.

Enlace: https://www.unicef.org/es/coronavirus/como-hablarle-a-tu-hijo-sobre-coronavirus-covid-19

Coronavirus: 10 actividades para hacer con los niños en casa durante el aislamiento (COVID-19)

Juegos entretenidos y educativos que ambos pueden gozar.
Enlace: http://bit.ly/395i2IU



Coronavirus: 10 actividades para hacer con los niños en casa durante el aislamiento preventivo por el COVID-19

A Personal State of Emergency

What You Can Do to Shift

Blog post by Guest Author/ CEDR Volunteer: Sandi Luipersbeck


Across the United States this week, you’ll likely be seeing the National Guard activated in several capacities. During the State of Emergency, the Guard deploys to assist with disaster relief. These individuals stand ready to help with tasks ranging from assisting with meal delivery services to helping to set up supply and relief distribution centers. They’ll be working throughout the country providing helping hands, keeping the local police forces free to help maintain law and order in your neighborhoods. In addition, the National Guard will also be deploying Medical Task Force Teams, made up of skilled medical professionals, to help provide additional medical care where it’s needed most.

During any national emergency, you’ll hear phrases like “the guard is being called out”.  This does not automatically mean that the situation has grown dramatically worse in the last few days. It does, however, mean that your government is gaining access to Federal funding and resources so that if the situation continues to worsen, they are better prepared to deal with the emergency.

As schools close, restaurants shut down, bars shutter their doors, and we hear about the National State of Emergency, it’s easy to become panicked. However, in any time of struggle, one of the most important things you can do is to find a way to ground yourself and stay calm. As we face this outbreak as a nation, there are a few things that you and your family can do to help:

1 – Social Distancing:  Put simply, stay home and stay away from contact with people. Even if you are feeling well, you may spread the virus to someone else who is more at risk of serious illness. For the time being, the best thing that you can do is to get comfortable at home with your family and settle in for a bit.

2 – Stay Calm:  Panicking will only make the situation worse. If you’re having difficulty processing the media as it comes in, you may need to take short media fasts, or ask a friend to update you if anything major breaks in your area. Consider catching up on your favorite television show, your reading list, or starting a new craft so that you have something to do to occupy yourself.

3 – Check on Friends and Loved Ones:  While you aren’t seeing your friends and loved ones in person, a call, text, or email may go a long way towards helping someone who’s isolating feel a little better about their day. Reach out by phone, video chat, or text to check on elderly individuals or those that you know to live alone.

4 – Be Gentle with Yourself as You Learn to Homeschool:  Many parents have suddenly become teachers without any advance warning or preparation. While it’s easy to be anxious about this and want to do everything correctly, it’s also important to remember that learning how to teach your children at home will take a bit of time. There are numerous resources available to assist you, and CEDR will be sharing those on an ongoing basis to assist you. Be gentle with yourself and remember that you’re learning a new skill, possibly while still maintaining a home and a career.

There’s a lot to feel anxious about at the moment. It’s important to take time to breathe and find the bright moments in your day that you can, no matter how small. Drop a comment below to let us know what you enjoyed about today.

#Coronavirus Guías de Preparación

Guía: Prepare su hogar para la enfermedad del coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

Esta guía se basa en lo que actualmente se sabe sobre la enfermedad del coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) actualizarán esta guía interina cuando sea necesario y a medida que se disponga de información adicional.

Enlace para leer: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/get-your-household-ready-for-COVID-19-sp.html

Enlace para descargar a telefonos mobil: https://www.luminpdf.com/viewer/5e7107b109a6f10017d61573

Cuide la salud emocional de los miembros de su hogar. Los brotes pueden ser estresantes para adultos y niños. Los niños responden a situaciones estresantes de manera diferente que los adultos. Hable con sus hijos acerca del brote, trate de mantenerse calmado y garantíceles que están seguros.

Guía para Viajeros:

Guias Para Familias Con Niños

Lo que madres, padres y educadores deben saber: cómo proteger a hijas, hijos y alumnos y cómo ayudarlos a entender sobre el Coronavirus (COVID19) Download=DescargarGuía para familias con ninos-COVID-19

COVID19 Homeschooling Week 1

1) Today because of #COVID19 we saw many parents struggle trying to fill some big shoes.  It takes a team of #teachers & staff to educate a child. #Parents tried to do it solo and some were challenged as they had no support on day 1. You were not alone:
https://cnet.co/2w1Fqtj

2) New York City schools were the first ones to shut down and parents in queens were forced to experience homeschooling remotely for the first time ever. A local paper has gathered some great educational resources to help parents cope and survive:
https://qns.com/story/2020/03/16/free-resources-and-subscriptions-for-remote-learning-and-home-schooling-due-to-coronavirus/

3) So as a way to help you cope with your new dual role of #parent & #teacher we will continue to share daily some great resources to get you through the next few weeks and perhaps even enjoy the time.

4) For those who are working remotely and cannot do the double duty because of their jobs. There are some options available which are covered in this article:
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/teacher-note-homeschool-coronavirus-200324172503525.html

5) For those that need just a bit of guidance in the form of resources, here’s a treasure trove of resources available at National School Choice website below. They have resources for: “Families Educating from Home”
and “Educating Students with Disabilities”:
https://schoolchoiceweek.com/

6) Regardless of how your first day went, don’t lose hope. No #teacher mastered the craft in 1 day so neither will you. For the next few weeks we’ll support these efforts by keeping resources on our blog on this page and elsewhere.

Community Resources for Coronavirus COVID19

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We have a variety of resources for Individuals, Families and Small Business

Here are some free #coronavirus resources posted on our website for you:
-Personal Protection Resources – http://bit.ly/2IHRbI3
-Understanding #CommunitySpread, containment and mitigation + Resources – http://bit.ly/33eDzNV
-Community Spread Part 1- http://bit.ly/2wUNZGe

For Parents in #NY #NJ #CA #OR
We asked a mom, who has mastered the art of #homeschooling and #workingremotely to share her experiences in a blog post to help our followers prepare for that transition. We’ve posted it on our blog so please go visit: http://bit.ly/2TSPfTn

Tonight 3 resources for small companies that have to transition employees to work remotely due to COVID19 .

  • Article: Remote work emergency plan: What to do & where to start – http://bit.ly/2Qg3fUO
  • Video: Prof consultant shares advice https://youtu.be/R0AB8ZvnEIU

Our nightly Self-Care reminder: Take care of YOU
In order to address anxiety you have to identify it
Here’s and article that will help you: Understand why Coronavirus Anxiety is hard to control
https://www.statnews.com/2020/03/12/why-coronavirus-anxiety-hard-to-control/

5) A psychologist explains how to get a grip on our coronavirus anxiety triggered by COVID-19, and provides 7 strategies to help us cope.
http://theconversation.com/7-science-based-strategies-to-cope-with-coronavirus-anxiety-133207