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COVID-19 isn’t stopping us – Tips to Keep a positive school culture during tough times!

Rooted in Love

During this difficult, confusing, and frightening time, Mike Smith, the host of The Harbor™ by Jostens, takes to the crate to acknowledge the challenges we are all facing during the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions. Mike issues a call to action for all of us, in this unprecedented time, to find ways to build community, take care of one another, and stay rooted in love.

Your Jostens family wishes you all peace, wellness, and safety in the days to come.

Opportunity through Challenge

With the recent events in the United States centered on issues of race and racism, AWSL has researched some resources to help process the information.

For our growth: The article For Our White Friends Desiring to Be Allies by Courtny Areil serves two purposes. It was written for people of color to have a quick link to save time and energy to the frequently asked question “how can I be a stronger ally?” and for whites it provides six insights in allyship.

For Families: Talking about Race: an article exploring how to raise anti-racist children.

For teachers: Let’s Talk: a book for educators working to build their own competency facilitating classroom conversations about critical topics like identity, discrimination and inequality.

For Further Studies:

Distance Learning Resources from CADA

Topics Include:

  • Training, Orientations & Retreats
  • Honoring the Class of 2020
  • Social Media Hacks
  • Campus Culture during Distance Learning


Student Activities During School Closures: Let’s Engage Everyone

Is your school battling a campus closure due to COVID-19? Have you been forced to cancel dances, sports, theater productions, and other student activities? We’re here to help.

Below is a running list of activities your ASB/Student Council program can use immediately to foster positive culture and engagement.

A huge thank-you to all of the programs who have permitted us to share their incredible activities!

NOTE: This list will be regularly updated as more activities become available.

30 Days of Kindness Practice

This virus has affected us ALL and the vast majority of the 7.8 billion of us have never met Patient Zero. It stands to reason that that sort of impact can be equally GOOD.

So, to combat the inevitable confusion and loneliness and pain ahead of us, we are offering a Kindness Practice every day for at least the next 30 days – and ALL of them can be done even if you can’t leave home. It will take you 10 minutes or less and it will be designed to give yourself, your community, and this world a daily dose of generosity, connection, empathy, and Love.

Think Action Packed

Over 100 short videos to help young people become the best versions of themselves.

Find Your Grind

At Find Your Grind, supporting students’ journeys is our first priority and we know it is yours too. We just launched a brand new initiative, “FYG @Home”, to support educators, parents and students during these unprecedented times. “FYG @ Home” will include digital resources, online learning, and intentional connection for you and your students to use.

Here is a quick sampling of some of those resources:

  • “Rooted in Love” – See a powerful message from FYG Co-Founder Mike Smith to help students, parents, and fellow educators stay “rooted in love” during this crisis

  • Experience + Reflection = Insights – An activity to help your students journal.

  • May the best Value Win – A “March Madness” bracket-style activity that allows your students to think through which values are most important to them.

  • Career and Mentor Library – Video library with careers/mentors (from the field stories about what jobs are like and how people got started)

  • FYG Podcast – In-depth interviews with FYG mentors


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After receiving countless requests for resources on mental health and digital wellness, a group of nonprofit partners joined together to create and share valuable tools, lessons, and more. Work2BeWell was made possible due to a partnership between Providence, Well Being Trust, and #ICANHELP.


Project Exchange

As we all settle into our new realities, and limit our social interactions, we at EF thought you might be looking for ways to keep your students actively learning and globally engaged. If so, an organization that I discovered at a conference last month really spoke to me of you. I hope you’ll fwd this info to middle and high school students, families, and anyone with an interest in continuing to foster global citizenship and cultural exchange during a time that can feel very isolating. Please see attachment and use the hyperlinks below to investigate an outstanding 12-week, youth-led digital exchange opportunity. What’s best? It’s free of cost!

The Hub

Joe Beckman is sharing a wonderful resource called The Hub with parents and educators.

Not only can you find videos on character and human connection here, but also lesson plans, ice breakers, PD and more.

Joe’s hope is that it will help schools and parents remind students that character, civility, and connection are integral parts now…and after we get through this.

Here is a link that gives everyone free access.

Thank you, Joe Beckman!

31 Questions to Ask Leaders

Association of Washington Student Leaders came up with this GREAT list of 31 questions to ask student leaders. Check it out!

Varsity Brands // Believe in YOU!

Believe in You® is an episodic series designed to educate students and staff about the incredible power of believing in yourself, despite the challenges and trials that life may present. Hosted by Kevin Atlas,and starring personalities from around the country who have overcome personal challenges to accomplish the  extraordinary.

Videos can be viewed in class as a group, or on any mobile device. Each of the 9 episodes per season lasts for eight to eleven minutes, and is accompanied by lesson plans and activity guides to take the conversation further and spark critical thinking.

Overcoming Obstacles’ Life Skills Lessons for Remote Learning offers educators engaging activities they can use with their secondary school students while they are learning from home. The activities will help students identify their strengths, make better decisions, achieve their goals, develop a positive attitude, respect themselves as well as others, and handle the stress in their lives.

To download the free handbook, click here. And please don’t hesitate to forward or share this email with anyone you think would find this resource helpful.

Safe Oregon

As Oregon continues to fight the COVID-19 Pandemic, people need help, resources, or just someone to talk to. SafeOregon, the 24/7 statewide school safety tip line, is here for you; for all students and the whole community. We will continue to provide 24/7 services for Oregonians to anonymously or confidentially report student safety concerns (suicidal ideation/thoughts, cyberbullying, child abuse, drug/alcohol  abuse, etc.) and will pass this information to school personnel and law enforcement (when necessary).

Here is the direct link to our SafeOregon COVID-19 response: https://www.safeoregon.com/resources/covid-19-response/

YouthLine — Lines for Life

While communities close schools and practice social distancing due to COVID-19, it’s okay if you feel lonely, isolated, anxious, or all of the above. Whatever you’re feeling, YouthLine is here for you. YouthLine is a teen-to-teen crisis, support, and help line. From 4pm-10pm daily, teens can call, text, or chat with other teens to talk about anything and everything that’s going on for them!


Going Green — FREE Ebook from OASC Author

As a middle school teacher myself, I understand the difficult time many teachers are having right now trying to put together online curriculum for their students. So, in the next few days, I’ll be getting everything together and will post a link to the full Going Green curriculum – FREE for ANY teacher to use and assign the assignments through Google classroom (or any other online delivery method) as well as printable, and students can download the book for free. I’m also going to offer free virtual author visits through Zoom if teachers want to set one up for their students who can get online.


Davey Muise has put together some engaging programming to help structure this new reality we’re living in. Check out what’s on the schedule below.


Johan Khalilian has shared his thoughts on how to manage the emotions that come with a global pandemic. To learn more about his advice on facing COVID-19, please watch the video below.

Varsity Tutors

Virtual School Day: Over 100 free live K-12 classes available all day long intended to help parents fill their children’s day with enriched learning. Some popular classes are “Intro to Spanish for Kids”, “Coolest Women in History”, “Java Programming Basics”, and “The Story of Your Favorite Fairy Tales”. We have received exceptional ratings from thousands of parents and students.

Virtual Summer Camps: Free half-day summer camps will be a week-long, with enrichment-based classes in subjects like foreign languages, chess, theater, coding, Minecraft, how to be a detective, photography and more. These live, interactive classes will be taught by expert instructors vetted through Varsity Tutors’ platform. We already have 200 camps scheduled for the summer.


Leading Success is a free online toolkit for school leaders that integrates current research, planning strategies, and implementation tools with video interviews and real-world examples of school improvement strategies.

“Through this dynamic website, we challenge every school to reach its highest potential in educating every student by preparing each principal, administrator, and teacher.”

Leading Success Modules from NASSP

Brené Brown – Daring Classrooms

We can’t always ask our students to take off the armor at home, or even on their way to school, because their emotional and physical safety may require self-protection. But what we can do, and what we are ethically called to do, is create a space in our schools and classrooms where all students can walk in and, for that day or hour, take off the crushing weight of their armor, hang it on a rack, and open their heart to truly being seen.

We must be guardians of spaces that allow students to breathe, be curious, and to explore the world and be who they are without suffocation. They deserve one place where they can rumble with vulnerability and their hearts can exhale. And what I know from the research is that we should never underestimate the benefit to a child of having a place to belong—even one—where they can take off their armor. It can and often does change the trajectory of their life.

Daring Classrooms Resources

Lunch Doodles with Mo

Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together.

New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET and then remain online to be streamed afterwards.  Check back each weekday for new LUNCH DOODLES!

Lunch Doodles with Mo

Khan Academy

Imagineering fans, get ready! If you’ve ever been one of many guests who’s visited a Disney theme park and found yourself inspired to dream, build and create, there’s a new online program you just can’t miss!

‘Imagineering in a Box’ is a free online program that brings together the diverse talents of Disney Imagineers around the world for a one-of-a-kind learning experience and is part of Disney’s commitment to helping today’s youth create the future they imagine.

The series offers 32 videos in which Imagineers share how they use a wide range of skills – from story development and conceptual design, to math, physics and engineering – to create immersive experiences. The online curriculum aims to ignite curiosity, inspire creativity, and encourage innovation in the minds of students and teachers alike, while creating fun and engaging opportunities to explore new concepts.

Imagineering in a Box

Scholastic (Learn at Home)

Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin!

Scholastic (Learn at Home)

Free Subscriptions

With schools closing across the nation, parents and educators are in bit of a panic as they try to figure out how kids can learn and obtain their education from home. If this sounds like you, stop stressing. This is going to be super helpful!

Free Subscriptions

Social Emotional Curriculum for Home

Free social-emotional activities from Pathway 2 Success that can be done at home.

Pathway 2 Success Resources

Mindfulness Activities

Mindfulness activities for free for teens and adults

Mindfulness activities

Teaching mindfulness to kids

Virtual Field Trips

Virtual field trips are a great way to expose kids to new places all from the comfort of home. In this age of technology, so many museums, zoos and aquariums have set up virtual tours and webcams of their facilities. Now more than ever, is it easier to visit destinations around the world from the comfort of your couch.

Virtual Field Trips

Find Help

A great resource to find food assistance, help paying bells, and other free or reduced costs programs that help people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Find Help

Thing to do

A principal complied a list of things to do during this time. Lots of cool things here!

List of things to do

Virtual Disneyland Rides

Having fun is important during this time. Have students experience rides from Disneyland and great some metaphoric discussions!

Virtual Disneyland Rides