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Social-Emotional Learning

The application of skills to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

Aug 17, 2020


Virtual Connections with a Quarantine Pen Pal

Created by a team of Cornell University students, Quarantine Buddy (qbuddy) links isolated students with a “pen pal” to remotely socialize with based on self-reported interests. Users answer a few questions about themselves, and the hosts match them to other people to talk to, either online or by phone.

Aug 17, 2020


Evidence-based Family Engagement in Children’s Literacy Via Text Messages

Close to 130 organizations, including school districts, are participating in Ready4K, a text-messaging program designed to engage parents in students’ literacy development. Parents can “opt in” to receive three text messages each week, covering everything from naming emotions to building confidence and staying active through movement.

Aug 14, 2020


Supercharge Student Engagement with Esports

Esports is best defined as competitive video games. Games that can be considered esports require skill and are usually played in teams, though some are also single player. When on a team, esports athletes fill certain roles much like traditional sports. Teams are usually formed by students or a staff member who has an interest in gaming or simply wants to see students working together using gaming Esports is unique because it is an inclusive, coed sport and can be a way for students who cannot physically participate in traditional sports to be a part of a team and community.

Aug 03, 2020


Home-based Online Physical Activity Program

Through its Exercise and Sports Science Initiative, University of Michigan has developed an online program, InPACT at Home, to help K–12 students remain active while learning remotely.

Aug 03, 2020


Illustrated Book Exploring Children’s Questions About COVID-19

Devon Scott and Samantha Harris, two class of 2021 medical students in Southern California, have created a book, entitled Why We Stay Home, to help children understand why their worlds have changed dramatically in the last few months and why it has been important to stay home during that time.


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