Editor's Letter

Congratulations on making it through the 2019-2020 school year. Most of you were thrown into a teaching situation this past spring with little warning, no materials, no instruction and missing the technology you needed to finish out the year. But, you made it work. Now you are in a new school year successfully teaching 100 percent on online, or back in the classroom or a hybrid of both. In this issue we speak to the issues and solutions that educators are facing today.

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COVID-19 Teacher Survey

Few professions have been as heavily impacted by the pandemic as teaching. On top of budget shortfalls and widening equity gaps, social-distancing measures have forced educators to adapt to a completely new style of instruction virtually overnight.

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Socially Distanced Learning Causing Worry? Help Children Process Emotions Through Play

With the 2020/21 school year under way and various education options implemented nationwide, parents and kids alike are feeling a full spectrum of emotions. Many parents are searching for ways to best help their children emotionally process these new educational guidelines.

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Leadership: The 5 Pillars of Impactful Leadership

She shared, with surprising calm, that the winds had brought down three immense Cedar trees at the entrance of Brandon Hall’s campus and that she could not get home. I advised her to park somewhere off campus grounds and wait for me to drive my car as close to them as I could. When I arrived, the impasse was as she described, and all access to and from our campus was blocked. I helped them over the trees and they landed safely in my vehicle. My mind then pivoted to one of those leadership moments. How would we restore access to and from campus in the midst of a dangerous storm? What measures could we take to ensure safety for all our faculty and student residents? What kinds of communications to our internal and external community would be most effective, authentic, and reassuring?

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Emergency Preparedness What Schools Should Now Know 101

Having an emergency preparedness plan in place is expected of all school districts and facilities. It’s expected, as well, that all students, parents, faculty and staff know the plan and how to put the plan in action if needed. These are the steps you must have for a successful school emergency preparedness plan.

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Social Emotional Solutions: Evaluating Schoo Climate Using Adaptive and Innovative Technology

Surveys are a critical part of early intervention and school improvement strategies. But the survey tool that you implement must enable you to use best practices while embracing new strategies and technologies.

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Ensuring Best Outcomes for Students with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and Autism Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

Organizations providing intensive behavioral services to students diagnosed with autism and intellectual/developmental disabilities faced immediate and unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19. As data surrounding the novel virus and how to combat its spread evolved, special educators in particular were forced to pivot as they faced daily, real-time triage needs.

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Top Tips for Preventing Cyberbullying

 

  • What is Cyberbullying?
  • Types of Cyberbullying
  • Cyberbullying Statistics
  • Who Cyberbullies and Why?
  • Dangers of Cyberbullying
  • Ways To Prevent Cyberbullying
  • Recognize the Signs of Cyberbullying
  • Advice for Parents on Cyberbullying
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