COVID-19 Updates & Resources

As our communities adjust to school closings and social isolation, we recognize the struggles our teachers, parents, and colleagues are facing. At the Rennie Center, we are doing our small part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by working remotely and postponing all in-person events (including our SEL Summit, which was scheduled for May 19 and will be rescheduled for the fall). In this time of upheaval, anxiety, and isolation, we hope we can provide some small sense of support by sharing this list of resources for those looking for information.

Vital Public Health and Community Resources
The most important thing right now is the health and safety of our community members. With so much information out there, it’s important to share credible sources on COVID-19 and vital community supports.

National Information on COVID-19
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Local Information on COVID-19
(Massachusetts Department of Public Health)

Information on accessing critical resources like food, childcare, and financial assistance
(Boston School Finder)

Social, Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental Health Resources
In a time of crisis, our students’ social-emotional and mental health is as important as their academic progress. Here are some resources to help parents and teachers who are balancing work, childcare, and keeping their worries, and those of children, at bay.

Supporting Families During COVID-19
(Child Mind Institute)

SEL Resources for Parents, Educators & School Communities Related to COVID-19
(Inside SEL)

How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus
(New York Times)

Remote Learning
While teachers, students, and parents adjust to remote learning, many organizations have put together helpful tools for learning from home. Below you’ll find free learning tools for teachers, tips and resources for parents, and lists of the best educational TV shows.

Free tools, strategies, tips and best practices for teaching online
(Learning Keeps Going)  

Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing

Free curriculum for keeping kids engaged

List of Best Educational Videos, Shows, and Podcasts
(Fordham Institute)

Tips for making this time more meaningful and less stressful for educators and kids
(Center for Collaborative Education)

How parents can keep kids busy (and learning) in quarantine
(The Atlantic)

Free online tools and classes
(American Federation of Teachers)