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COVID-19: Impact and Opportunities for Education

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  1. Module 1: Course Overview
    Course Overview
  2. Connecting with Your WHY
    1 Check-in
  3. Baseline Knowledge Check
    1 Check-in
  4. Module 2: Foundation
    Introduction to COVID-19's 5 Key Impacts on Education
  5. Impact #1: System Disruption
    1 Topic
  6. Impact #2: Digital Divide
    1 Topic
  7. Impact #3: Disconnected Youth
    1 Topic
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    1 Check-in
  8. Impact #4: Mental Health Crisis
  9. Impact #5: Academic Learning Loss
  10. A Word on Disproportionate Impact
  11. Module 3: Knowledge
    On the Road to Recovery - Introduction to Strategies to Mitigate the Impacts of COVID-19
  12. Strategy #1: Reopen Schools Safely
    1 Topic
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    1 Check-in
  13. Strategy #2: Improve Internet Access and Digital Literacy
  14. Strategy #3: Energize Supportive Relationships with Children
    2 Topics
  15. Strategy #4: Prioritize Students' Well-Being
    2 Topics
  16. Strategy #5: Embrace Whole-Student Education
    2 Topics
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    1 Check-in
  17. MODULE 4: ACTION STEPS
    Introduction to Opportunities to Recover From Trauma and Reverse Learning Loss
  18. Opportunity #1: Deeper Reflection
  19. Opportunity #2: Deepen Relationships with Students by Having Courageous Conversations
  20. Opportunity #3: Use a Trauma-Informed Approach to Integrate COVID-19 into Curricula
  21. Opportunity #4: Leverage COVID-19 to Create Real Equity in Education
  22. Self-Care and Self-Healing
    1 Check-in
  23. Final Knowledge Check
    1 Check-in
  24. MODULE 5: WRAPPING UP
    Introduction to Goal Setting and Skill Building
  25. Cultural Responsiveness
  26. Tools & Resources
  27. Closing Reflections
    2 Check-ins
  28. Feedback Survey
    1 Check-in
  29. Certificate of Completion
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A Word on Disproportionate Impact

Therese April 15, 2021

It’s key to recognize that COVID-19 has had a disproportionate health and economic impact on Black and Brown communities, as well as in communities living in poverty. This is due to a number of factors, including historic underinvestment in health services and systems and a reliance on work that required people to continue working in person even when it wasn’t safe to do so.

There are notable racial and ethnic differences in experiences with the illness or death of loved ones, as well as job losses and pay cuts. In many cases, this is tied to underlying economic, geographic and health circumstances. 

Source: Financial and health impacts of COVID-19 vary widely by race and ethnicity | Pew Research Center

These are difficult facts and numbers to share and take in… and even more difficult as lived experiences. Let the collective art from young people also express the collective grief that we are experiencing. In words, images and video, teens across the United States show us how they have met life’s challenges in the midst of a pandemic.

To all the educators and youth development professionals, 
thank you for your service and support to young people 
during this difficult time.  As we continue to undergo significant change to life and learning, 
know that your presence matters.

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