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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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Impact #4: Mental Health Crisis

Danielle March 23, 2021
Impact #4. COVID-19 is having an alarming toll on children's mental health.
  • There has been interference with their developmental process
  • Their trajectory has been interrupted
  • Uncertainty is swelling
  • Grief and loss over loved ones, as well as the loss of school rituals, routines, and milestones
Mental health care claim lines and health services for children 13-18 DOUBLED in March and April of last year, compared to 2019
“Unlike COVID-19 itself, the emotional blowback of the pandemic can’t be vaccinated away. Just as there are long-haulers requiring treatment for the physical symptoms of the disease months after being infected, so too will there be kids needing care for psychic pain well into the future.
Jeffrey Kluger | Time

Source: Insurance Claim Data Show How Much Teen Mental Health Has Suffered During the U.S. COVID-19 Pandemic | Time | Jeffrey Kluger

"Schools are the de facto mental health system for many children and adolescents, providing mental health services to 57 percent of adolescents who need care.”

The COVID-19 pandemic may worsen existing mental health problems and lead to more cases among children and adolescents because of the unique combination of the public health crisis, social isolation, and economic recession.

Source: JAMA Pediatrics | Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Mental Health for Children and Adolescents by Ezra Golberstein, PhD; Hefei Wen, PhD; Benjamin F. Miller, PsyD

Mental health and academic achievement are linked, research shows. Chronic stress changes the chemical and physical structure of the brain, impairing cognitive skills like attention, concentration, memory, and creativity.

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