RETHINK ED

Supporting Parents & Caregivers


Rethink Ed continues to be committed to a healthy and positive culture of learning for schools, students, and families. We provide a variety of resources for caregivers to use that support their children's well-being as well as their own. These resources include help with managing behavior and building independence, providing structure and routine, and keeping learning interesting and fun in the home environment.

Fear and anxiety about the COVID-19 outbreak have led to increased stress levels in both children and adults. School closures, abrupt changes in routine, and a heightened sense of uncertainty have a detrimental effect on the social, emotional, and mental well-being of us all. Additionally, increased time spent away from the school environment can disrupt learning for children and teens. Experiencing loneliness and sadness due to isolation from peers and lack of participation in school or community activities are also common.

Rethink Ed is working diligently to improve access to our resources for families and to provide strategies and supports to help caregivers and students continue to have productivity, safety, and well-being during this difficult period.

While this is a stressful time, we must continue to focus on our physical, mental, and social emotional health. Learning new ways to continue being productive and finding opportunities for growth will be key to our success. Together we will work on strategies for helping ourselves and others build resilience and community support. We are strongest together, and we will get through this as a team. Rethink Ed is here to support children, teens, and everyone that plays a part in their education.

OUR SOLUTION

We have assembled on this page a collection of Rethink Ed Toolkit resources for parents and caregivers. This includes webinars, videos, guides, blog posts, and other resources that will work to support you during this time of distance learning.

This page is divided into two sections; resources for parents and caregivers of Social Emotional Learners and Special Education Learners.


SEL ToolKit

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is the foundation for managing emotions, having healthy relationships, understanding and empathizing with others, being responsible and safe, and learning to cope with difficult situations. Rethink Ed is offering videos and other resources to help caregivers and students through this difficult time. This toolkit will include resources to help with managing stress, dealing with emotions, anxiety, and fear during this unprecedented situation.

Videos:

Self-Compassion for Parents
Let's talk about self-compassion and how it can help us get through periods of elevated stress and negative self-talk. (6 minutes)

Self-Efficacy: You Can Do It!
We all know the frustration of not know how to do something. By working hard, practicing, and asking for help when we need to, we can accomplish everything we want to learn to do. (4 minutes)

Dealing with the Emotional Stress of the Corona Virus Pandemic
Healthy coping mechanisms and anxiety reduction techniques. (10 minutes)

Developing Optimism During COVID-19
Optimism is the viewpoint or belief that good things will happen. Through awareness and practice, we can all make the choice to be optimistic every day. (7 minutes)

Strategies to Improve Motivation and Focus for Kids
This video contains strategies to make activities more fun for children through interactivity, motivation-tactics, and providing choice. (8 minutes)

Tips and Strategies for Mindfulness
This video contains tips, strategies, and recommendations for incorporating mindful moments into your everyday life. (10 minutes)

Dealing with Stress and Anxiety During Uncertain Times
Practical self-assessments, strategies, and problem-solving tips for understanding and reducing your stress. (21 minutes)

Fostering Resilience
This video provides strategies for helping children develop confidence and resilience during COVID-19. (5 minutes)

Staying in Touch With Family & Friends
This video shares strategies for keeping in touch with family and friends through different forms of technology that are interactive and engaging while safely practicing social distancing. (4 minutes)

Hocus Pocus Focus! for Early Elementary Students
To improve our focus we need to put effort into paying attention when we need to, and use strategies that help us block out distractions. If we practice focusing a little bit every day, our focus will grow stronger over time! (4 minutes)

Improving Focus for Late Elementary Students
To improve our focus we need to put effort into paying attention when we need to, and use strategies that help us block out distractions. If we practice focusing a little bit every day, our focus will grow stronger over time! (4 minutes)

Focus For Studying for Middle School Students
Strategies such as identifying your common distractions, properly preparing to study, and breaking tasks into more manageable pieces are great ways to improve your focus. (5 minutes)

Overcoming Distractions for High School Students
Strategies such as remembering to check in on how you feel, avoiding the temptation to multi-task, and identifying distractions in your surroundings can help you improve your focus. (5 minutes)

Webinars:

A Recipe For Resilience: SEL, Social Action, Civility and Youth Purpose
Focusing on helping students articulate their Laws of Life and sense of purpose and learning how to use their SEL skills to take action around issues, problems, and causes they care about. (57 minutes)

The Power of Educators and Families: Joining Forces for Children's Social and Emotional Learning
How educators can use current structures and supports for social and emotional learning in school to allow parents a voice, choice, and significant role in contributing to their child's learning. (48 minutes)

What Every Educator Needs to Know about Social and Emotional Learning
This webinar defines SEL and its competencies, identifies who benefits most from SEL, and explores how to best address students' instructional needs. (31 minutes)

 What's Love Got to Do With It?
Cultivating a loving culture can contribute to the development of Social Emotional skills. Love can also positively impact all other organizational improvement efforts. (44 minutes)

Succeeding at School with Social Emotional Learning
Useful intervention strategies to decrease challenging behavior in educational settings and research on social emotional learning and positive behavior supports. (55 minutes)

Stress Management and Self Care
A look at the different stress factors that impact our lives, how to deal with them, and how to best care for ourselves while doing so. (30 minutes)

SEL & Mental Health: A New Prevention Paradigm
Explains Social and Emotional Learning as a foundation to strengthen psychological health, resiliency during times of duress, and limit the extremes of regression that cause more serious mental health problems. (1 hour)

Blog Posts:

Year-round Thankfulness Strategies to Help All Students Thrive
Strategies for working with learners and conveying your thankfulness when they participate and engage in positive and appropriate behavior. 

Writing for Resilience: The Impact of the Positive Purpose Essay on Students
A guide for helping a learner write a positive purpose essay as a strategy to build social awareness, as well as provide direction and energy for learning. 

10 SEL Skills to Prepare Children for the Future
Highlighting the overlap between the skills that SEL focuses on developing, and the skills that the World Economic Forum says will be crucial for workers in the next decade. 

Put "You" Back on Your To-do list: SEL Informed Self-Care for Educators
A list of stress-reducing suggestions for people who work under conditions riddled with high stress and continuously evolving demands.

Social and Emotional Learning to Address Behavioral Deficits: 6 strategies for a systematic approach to teaching SEL
Simple steps for effectively teaching an SEL lesson. This resource was intended for educators, but many of the strategies recommended can be used at home, as well as for other subjects.

Creating a Morning Routine: What Do Values Have To Do With It?
A guide to creating a morning routine for yourself that focuses on the goals you want to achieve in your day, and the values that drive those goals.

Do What You Think Like
An explanation of why thinking before we act can be so hard to do, and some suggestions for strengthening that ability in your everyday life.

Creating a Morning Routine: What Do Values Have To Do With It?
A guide to creating a morning routine for yourself that focuses on the goals you want to achieve in your day, and the values that drive those goals.


Special Education ToolKit

Rethink Ed is committed to keeping our students learning and providing caregivers with resources and tools that extend beyond the classroom. This transitional period can be particularly challenging for special education students and their families. Communication, behavior management, consistency, and continuation of learning are essential to keeping these students on track with their individual education goals and needs. Rethink Ed is providing a variety of resources for caregivers to utilize with their children or teens during this extended time at home. 

Videos:

Academic and Instructional Materials for ESY and Summer Learning (Special Education) 
Learn how to access academic and instructional materials and resources within your Rethink Ed account to support summer learning. (8 minutes)

Reading Comprehension at Home
This video focuses on strategies that will allow your child to make strong connections to reading material.  (9 minutes)

Fine Motor Activities at Home
Exploring how everyday objects like whisks and cotton balls can be transformed into fun activities for kids to enhance their fine motor skills. (14 minutes)

Making a First / Then Board
How to use this two-step queueing system to help students focus on what is being expected of them at the current moment, and gives them insight into what they'll be doing later. (9 minutes)

Tips and Strategies for Mindfulness
This video contains tips, strategies, and recommendations for incorporating mindful moments into your everyday life. (10 minutes)

Strategies to Improve Motivation and Focus for Kids
This video contains strategies to make activities more fun for children through interactivity, motivation-tactics, and providing choice. (8 minutes)

Developing Optimism During COVID-19
Optimism is the viewpoint or belief that good things will happen. Through awareness and practice, we can all make the choice to be optimistic every day. (7 minutes)

ARD/IEP goals: Home Learning Success in 3 Steps
3 steps to creating an efficient home learning environment and tips for connecting with your child's teacher. Resources will be provided for creating an IEP goal binder, and establishing a routine and motivating your child while home. (9 minutes)

Dealing with the Emotional Stress of the Corona Virus Pandemic
Healthy coping mechanisms and anxiety reduction techniques. (10 minutes)

Dealing with Stress and Anxiety During Uncertain Times
Practical self-assessments, strategies, and problem-solving tips for understanding and reducing your stress. (21 minutes)

Webinars:

Summer’s Hot But Learning Can Still Be Cool: Tips for Taking Advantage of Teachable Moments
An explanation of incidental teaching, strategies for implementing it, and the advantages and reasons behind its use. (46 minutes)

 You Are Your Child's Best Teacher
Practical strategies for parents to enhance social and communications skills in everyday life. (60 minutes)

Teach Your Child Social & Language Skills
An explanation of the common social skills deficits often seen in children with autism, and effective ways for parents and caregivers to teach lessons that address them. (1 hour & 19 minutes)

Feeding Problems and Children with Autism
 An explanation of issues surrounding food and children with autism, and ways of addressing feeding problems. (1 hour & 4 minutes)

Preparing for the Holidays
Reasons why the holiday season may be challenging for children with autism and what can be done to help them prepare and cope. (1 hour & 7 minutes)

Family Mental Health and Children with ASD
A discussion around the importance of family mental health, the advantages of a family-centered approach and how it contributes to success for children with ASD. (1 hour & 18 minutes)

Social Emotional Wellness for Transition Age Youth
Learn about the social-emotional challenges faced by young adults with ASD and get tips on how to promote social emotional wellness for young people with ASD as they transition into adulthood. (1 hour)

Blog Posts:

5 Things a Student with Autism Wishes His Teachers Had Known
Thoughts and lessons by an autism advocate on strategies for working with autism spectrum disorder students, many of which can be implemented in the home. 

Effective Reinforcement Strategies for Children with Autism
Tips for effectively using the Premack principle to drive focus and positive behavior.

Techniques for teaching complex skills to children with special needs
Tips for creating an evidence-based tool called a “task analysis” that you can use to break any complex task into a sequence of smaller steps or actions.