Back to School 2020: Connect for a Great Start

 

With many students continuing distance learning this fall and others returning to the classroom, this Back to School season is like no other in our history. First Book has been listening to the feedback of our Network of more than 475,000 educators and responding with tools and resources they can use during these uncertain times to ensure their students are engaged and excelling, no matter what Back to School 2020 looks like for them.

 

 

Based on surveys carried out over the last year, First Book identified key pressure points for educators and worked with its partners to compile these resources covering topics ranging from mental health support to inclusion and anti-racist curriculum.

 

Supporting Children Coping with Grief and Loss
Mental health has taken center stage for children in need, as these uncertain times have brought new stresses and grief to their lives. We partnered with the New York Life Foundation to host a community webcast, led by Dr. David Schonfeld, to discuss ways educators can support their students currently coping with grief and loss. Further resources can be found below.
Anti-Bias, Antiracist Conversations
In a 2019 survey of educators registered with First Book, 66% said they would like to engage their students more proactively in conversations about race. Based on these findings, First Book partnered with Pizza Hut to compile a series of resources informed by leading anti-bias, antiracist experts Britt Hawthorne, Tiffany Jewell, Liz Kleinrock, Cornelius Minor, Catherine Wigginton Greene, and Christine Platt to provide educators with guidance on engaging in these conversations.

 

A recent First Book study revealed educators’ concerns for their students’ mental health as well as the extent of today’s Digital Divide and lack of access to online learning.