We hope the following curated list of curriculum materials, articles, blogs, poetry and other resources will give you practical tools, inspiration, ideas, research, and more to empower you to support the emotional health and wellbeing of your community while keeping alive the SEL in virtual classrooms. We’ve done our best to divide the resources into categories. Most of what you will find here is relevant for K-12  and also for the adults and families in your communities. 


A New REALM – IFSEL’s Tips for Distance Learning Blog (IFSEL)

Weekly “Teach Meets” hosted by IFSEL

Don’t Worry about Academic Learning Lost from Covid (American Institute of Learning and Human Development

A Trauma Informed Approach to Teaching Through Coronavirus (Teaching Tolerance)

Online Team-Building Games Guide (Michelle Cummings)

Laughter, Learning, and Why Teens are such a Tough Crowd (Edutopia)

Wide Open School (Curated Resources from Common Sense Media)

The Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief   (Harvard Business Review)

Mindfulness for Zoom Exhaustion  (Mindful)

Why Learning at Home should be more Self Directed and Less Structured (Edutopia)

Living History Journal  (Cathryn Stout)

4 Tips for Teachers Switching to Online Learning (Edutopia)

NAIS: Tips for setting up Temporary Distance Learning at Your School (National Association of Independent Schools)

Resource Hub for Remote Learning for Special Education Students (Education Weekly)

Elementary Ideas for Students at Home (We are Teachers)

What Teachers in China Have Learned in the Past Month (Edutopia)

Supporting Gender Expansive Kids in Times of Covid-19 (Gender Spectrum has multiple resources for youth, parents and educators. Please share with all students because you may not know who is transgender or non-binary.)

What Trans People Need to Know re: Coronavirus (Transgender Equality Project)

Flexibility in the Midst of Crisis (Psychology Today)

Overall Tips and LInks to Online Learning Resources (Hong Kong Academy)

Online Learning Resources for Teachers (Common Sense Media)

Learning from Home Resources (New Schools)

Insights for Online Learning (Teach for All)

What do we need to teach now? (Inside Higher Ed)

Coping with Disrupted Routines (Christine Carter)

Ok Go Videos and behind the scenes

Go Noodle!


Letter from Teacher to High School Seniors

Covid 19 Toolkit – for Teenagers and Parents (Stressed Teens)

Regulating Emotions in a Covid-19 World (Tom Hollenstein)

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus  (NPR)

Free Mindfulness Classes for Elementary Students (Mindful Schools)

Kids Around the World are Reading NPRs Coronavirus Comic  NPR

When Xenophobia Spreads Like A Virus – Codeswitch by NPR

The Social Distancing Cardio Workout (No Equipment))

Coronavirus: Protect Yourself and Stand Against Racism  (Facing History)

Brainpop Video re: Coronavirus


How to have Family Meetings to Solve Conflict during Lockdown  (NY Times)

5 Killers of Your Child’s Creativity geared towards life during SIP – Institute for Learning and Human Development

How to Help Teen Shelter in Place (Christine Carter)

How to Help Pre-Teens in the Coronavirus Lockdown (Quartz)

The National Association of School Psychologist (NASP)- Guidelines for talking with children about COVID-19. (NASP)

How to Talk to Kids About Corona Virus  (New York Times)

Coronavirus, Wildfires, Oh My: What to Say to a Child Who’s Scared By the News,  (Steve Calechman)

Stigma and Resilience (CDC)

Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 (CDC)

Keeping Learning in Challenging Times  (International School of Beijing)

Supporting kids academically during home learning  (Lisa Oefinger)

How to Talk to Kids and Teens About the Coronavirus – (Psychology Today)

Common Sense Media Resources for Parents re: Online Learning

Hand in Hand Parenting – Supporting Children during Sheltering In

Friendship Is Crucial to the Adolescent Brain (The Atlantic)

Using Social & Emotional Learning in Times of Stress (CDC)

Virus Anxiety (Take Care)

Stop Romanticizing Lockdown; it’s a Mental Health Crisis in the Making (Elephant Journal)


Speaking up against Racism during Coronavirus (Teaching Tolerance)

What about Children who are Disconnected? (Brookings)

When Xenophobia Spreads Like A Virus – Codeswitch by NPR

Coronavirus: Protect Yourself and Stand Against Racism  (Facing History)

What Trans People Need to Know re: Coronavirus (Transgender Equality Project)

A Trauma Informed Approach to Teaching Through Coronavirus (Teaching Tolerance Magazine)

Supporting Gender Expansive Kids in Times of Covid-19 (Gender Spectrum has multiple resources for youth, parents and educators. Please share with all students becuase you may not know who is transgender or non-binary.)

Social Distancing is a Privilege  (Optionon: Charles Bow)


ReflEQ  – SEL and meta-skills for subject teaching 

Resources for Learning at Home (Captain Planet) – Nature and Science

Biomimicry Youth Challenge

PE with Coach Wood YouTube

Art at Home


Museum Virtual Tours

Wow in the World (NPR Podcast)


Brains On: Forever Ago

Broadway Plays, etc. 


“Pandemic” (Poem by Lynn Unger)

Creating a Home Retreat: Finding Freedom Wherever you Are (Jack Kornfield)

Encouraging Songs of Comfort amid Global Crisis  (Yo Yo Ma)

A Steady Heart in the Time of Coronavirus (Video Tara Brach & J. Kornfield)

Compassion in the time of Coronavirus (Jack Kornfield)

Poems for Shelter in Place (

More COVID 19 Family and Educator Resources

Family/Educator Resources

Social-Emotional Support for Students

Social Stories

  • The Yucky Bug – Link
  • My Coronavirus Story – Easterseals – Link
  • Time to Come In, Bear: A Children’s Story about Social Distancing – Link
  • YouTube Channel with various social stories – Link
    • The New Rules of Keeping My Body in the Group and Out of the Group
    • The Rules of Wearing a Mask
    • Rules! Rules! Rules! Rules for Learning Online!
    • When My Parents are Working From Home
    • My Home is My School
  • Video Chatting – A New Way to Communicate Link
    • Social story to describe video chatting, related emotions, and conversation starters

Social-Emotional Learning 

  • Social Thinking – Free Stuff to Use and Home and School – Link
    • Free resources on social skills and how to teach them! 
      • Read Aloud Books and Thinksheets
      • Video Lessons
      • Free Articles 
      • Free Webinars and Aha! Moments to Teach or Core Concepts and Products
    • New added resources each week!
  • Second Step Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum – Link
    • Free social-emotional learning resources for mental health professionals, educators, and parents to support skill-building for themselves and/or students 

Coping – Parent and Staff Guides

  • Large-Scale Natural Disasters: Helping Children Cope – Link
    • Handout – How to support children
  • Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019
  • Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic EventLink
  • Supporting Children During Coronavirus (COVID19) – Link
  • Coping in Hard Times: Fact Sheet for Community Organizations and LeadersLink
  • Coping in Hard Times: Fact Sheet for Youth High School and College AgeLink
  • Coping in Hard Times: Fact Sheet for Parents – Link
  • Pandemic Flu Fact Sheet: A Parents’ Guide to Helping Families Cope with a Pandemic Flu
  • Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting from COVID-19
  • Anxiety: Helping Handout for School and Home – Link
  • Depression: Helping Handout for Home – Link
  • Sleep Problems: Helping Handout for Home – Link
  • Addressing Grief – Link
    • Brief Facts and Tips, and Related Resources
  • Grief: Helping Handout for School and Home – Link

Healing After Disasters

  • PFA: Parent Tips for Helping Adolescents after Disasters – Link
  • PFA: Parent Tips for Helping Infants and Toddlers after Disasters – Link
  • PFA: Parent Tips for Helping Preschool-Age Children after Disasters – Link
  • PFA: Parent Tips for Helping School-Age Children after Disasters – Link
  • After a Crisis: Helping Young Children Heal – Link

Educational Activities and Supports

Lessons/ Activities

  • My 2020 COVID-19 Time CapsuleLink
    • Printable activity book for kids!
  • Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents – Link
  • Seesaw – Remote Learning – Link
    • Trainings/PD and Resources
  • BrainPOP – Remote LearningLink
    • Lessons and Activities for various subjects
  • Epic! – Remote Learning Link
    • Parent and educator access
    • Books, learning videos, quizzes and more

Teaching Students about Coronavirus – Videos and Fact Sheets

  • Coronavirus Outbreak: How to protect yourself – Kids Learning Cartoon – Dr. Panda Tototime – Link
  • What is Coronavirus? Coronavirus Outbreak  – The Dr. Binocs Show – Peekaboo Kidz – Link
  • Talking to Children About Coronavirus: A Parent Resource
    • English
    • Spanish
    • Amharic, Chinese, Korean, French, Vietnamese, Bahasa, and Udu available on:

Parent/Guardian Distance Learning Supports

  • Parent Guide – Creating a Home Learning Environment (Handout) – Link
  • Daily Schedule (Blank, Printable)Link
  • Engagement and Motivation: Helping Handout for Home – Link
  • Using Praise and Rewards Wisely: Helping Handout for School and Home – Link

Self-Care for Adults

  • Free Guide to Living with Worry and Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty – Psychology Tools (Adults) – Link
    • Offered in many languages!
  • Self-Care: Dangers of “motivational” pressure – Link
  • Staff ResourcesLink
    • Self-Care Strategies, Meditation and Mindfulness, Free Exercise Opportunities, Arts and Entertainment, and Free Educational Opportunities!
  • Teacher Survival Tips – Dealing with Physical Distancing (Short Handout)Link
  • Care For Your Coronavirus Anxiety ToolkitLink
    • Online toolkit/website with information and activities (e.g., meditations) to address anxiety
  • That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief  – Harvard Business Review Article Link
  • Teacher NewsletterLink
    • Tips for Managing Stress and Anxiety (for you, students, or parents)
    • Talking about COVID-19 With Students
    • Examples of Child-Friendly Language You Can Use about COVID-19
  • FACE COVID – How to respond effectively to the Corona crisis (e-book) – Link
  • Wellness: 6 tips for taking care of yourself during this stressful time – Link
  • Taking Care of Yourself – Link
  • Coping with the COVID-19 Crisis: The Importance of Care for Caregivers – Tips for Administrators and Crisis Teams – Link
  • Care for Caregivers: Tips for Families and Educators – Link
  • Support for Teachers Affected by Trauma (STAT) Training Program Link
    • Geared toward pre-k through 12th grade teachers
    • Five online modules that explore the concepts of secondary trauma, risk factors associated with susceptibility to STS, the impact of STS across multiple life domains, and tangible self-care skills.
    • Self-paced training 

Distance Learning Supports (Teachers/Staff)

  • Learning and Teaching Online and From HomeLink
    • Expert advice, tips, and resources from Connections Academy online school educators
  • Using Praise and Rewards Wisely: Helping Handout for School and Home – Link
  • Anxiety: Helping Handout for School and Home – Link
  • Grief: Helping Handout for School and Home – Link
  • Seesaw – Remote Learning – Link
    • Trainings/PD and Resources
  • BrainPOP – Remote LearningLink
    • Lessons and Activities for various subjects

Addressing Harassment and Bullying

  • US Department of EducationLink
    • Letter and resources to address stereotyping, harassment and bullying
  • Countering Coronavirus Stigma and Racism: Tips for Teacher and Other Educators – Link
  • Countering Coronavirus Stigma and Racism: Tips for Parent and Caregivers

Crisis Supports


  • Comprehensive School Suicide Prevention in a Time of Distance Learning – Link
  • Preventing Youth Suicide: Tips for Parents and Educators
  • Suicidal Thinking and Threats: Helping Handout for Home – Link

Emergency Management and Response

  • Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS)Link
    • Guidance, resources, tools, and training 
  • The PREPaRE Model, Crisis Intervention, and Global Pandemic –


Source found on FaceBook: Copy of Family and Educator Resources for COVID-19 (PDF)

Family Conflict Resolution Strategies

In this time of COVID-19, we are spending nearly every waking hour quarantined with our whole family. Conflicts are surely inevitable. Here are some ideas and resources to work through your home conflicts.


Resolving family conflict-From Beyond Blue (Very Good)

Family conflicts: types and how to solve them

The 8 Keys to Resolving Family Conflict

Create Family Unity

Activity Books


10 Lessons for Teaching Conflict Resolution Skills

The Conflict Management Skills Workbook

One Sheet tips


Relationship Conflict Resolution – Strategies

Restorative Questions for Family Conflicts



This collection of links caught my eye because the activities help to deepen the understanding of your individual family.

Parenting and Family Life

  •  7 Days of Deliciousness7 Days of delicious, home-made dinners, all under 8 ingredients and 15 minutes of prep time.  Great for new caregivers, new parents, or anyone facing a particularly grueling week. Inclues menu plan, recipes, and a shopping list
  • Would You Rather: Here’s a fun way to help your children with VALUES CLARIFICATION. Use it while you are in the car, waiting in line, or just enjoying a quiet moment together.
  • Problem Solving for Kids: Here’s a nice worksheet to help you teach your child how to work through tough situations.
  • You can use this Family Schedule Worksheet to help organize your new routine and post it for everyone to see.
  • Family Night Cards: Print out this handy set of activity cards to make planning family night a breeze.  There are 10 pre-filled cards to get you started as well as a set of blank cards to hold all your family favorites!
  • Family Values and Rules:  Here is a great idea for your next family night – create a set of values and rules that are a unique reflection of your family.  This worksheet makes the process run smoothly.
  • The Four Styles of Communication: Learn about effective communication.
  • Family conflict resolution worksheet: Try out this worksheet the next time you are faced with a family fight.
  • Identifying Family Stress Triggers: Figure out what specific trigger heat things up at your house
  • The Family Mission Statement: Here’s a great way to build family cohesiveness.  Start creating your family mission statement at your next family meeting!
  • Family Safety Card: Make sure everyone is on the same page in an emergency
  • Family Emergency Plan Template: Make sure everyone is on the same page in an emergency



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Anxiety App (Free)

So you like the rest of us you are cooped up because of COVID-19 and might be feeling anxiety. Here is an App that helps you log what you are feeling, the accompanying symptoms, and solutions to help manage your feelings.


Link for Android

MindShift™ CBT

MindShift CBT for iOS and AndroidFree Evidence-Based Mental Health Relief

Is anxiety getting in the way of your life? MindShift™ CBT uses scientifically proven strategies based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help you learn to relax and be mindful, develop more effective ways of thinking, and use active steps to take charge of your anxiety.

Get the tools to tackle:

  • Worry
  • Panic
  • Perfectionism
  • Social Anxiety
  • Phobias

MindShift™ CBT Features:


Interactive cognitive-based tools to help you reorient your thinking, and behavioural strategies to help you take action and make lasting positive change.


When you need anxiety help fast, use these quick and easy tools to help you take a breath, ground yourself, shift your thinking, and take steps to cope.


Transform your worries into balanced and helpful thoughts by identifying and challenging thinking that keeps you trapped in anxiety.


Ease your anxiety in the moment by re-adjusting your thinking with helpful coping statements.


Learn how to set up experiments to test out beliefs that fuel anxiety.


Overcome your fears by gradually facing them in small manageable steps.


Build your confidence by consistently doing new and challenging things.


Listen to audio recordings of guided relaxation and mindfulness meditations to help you get, and stay, in a more relaxed and mindful headspace.


Keep track of your anxiety and mood over time with graphs and journal entries.


Tips to set the stage to better manage anxiety by taking better care of yourself.


Tools and tips to help you set and accomplish important life goals and keep anxiety in check. Reminders to keep you motivated and on track.