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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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Introduction to Goal Setting and Skill Building

Therese April 17, 2021

Before we launch into setting goals for skill building, let’s pause here to acknowledge just how far you’ve come in this course. You’ve absorbed a lot of information!

Now, for even more inspiration, see below for Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman’s recitation of her own poem, The Miracle of Morning, on January 1, 2021.

The Miracle of Morning

By AMANDA GORMAN

I thought I’d awaken to a world in mourning.
Heavy clouds crowding, a society storming.
But there’s something different on this golden morning.
Something magical in the sunlight, wide and warming.

I see a dad with a stroller taking a jog.
Across the street, a bright-eyed girl chases her dog.
A grandma on a porch fingers her rosaries.
She grins as her young neighbor brings her groceries.

While we might feel small, separate, and all alone,
Our people have never been more closely tethered.
The question isn’t if we can weather this unknown,
But how we will weather this unknown together.

So on this meaningful morn, we mourn and we mend.
Like light, we can’t be broken, even when we bend.

As one, we will defeat both despair and disease.
We stand with healthcare heroes and all employees;
With families, libraries, waiters, schools, artists;
Businesses, restaurants, and hospitals hit hardest.

We ignite not in the light, but in lack thereof,
For it is in loss that we truly learn to love.
In this chaos, we will discover clarity.
In suffering, we must find solidarity.

For it’s our grief that gives us our gratitude,
Shows us how to find hope, if we ever lose it.
So ensure that this ache wasn’t endured in vain:
Do not ignore the pain. Give it purpose. Use it.

Read children’s books, dance alone to DJ music.
Know that this distance will make our hearts grow fonder.
From these waves of woes our world will emerge stronger.

We’ll observe how the burdens braved by humankind
Are also the moments that make us humans kind;
Let each morning find us courageous, brought closer;
Heeding the light before the fight is over.
When this ends, we’ll smile sweetly, finally seeing
In testing times, we became the best of beings.

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