Like many of you, the RaiseMe Educator Team is monitoring the educational landscape as we collectively respond to the evolving challenges of COVID-19. As we adapt, we’ll be updating you with additional resources we find. We know many of you navigating these challenges are being strained mentally and physically, so before we dig into some new resources we’ve found, we want to ask you all to please remember to practice self-care and collective care during these times. We are each other’s’ best resources — so let’s take care of each other where we can!
Districts are doing the amazing work of stepping up to support their most vulnerable community members – from offering free meals to students who rely on school lunches, to supporting families who are adjusting to teaching at home. This pandemic has and will continue to affect our country’s most marginalized populations, leaving many members of our communities without access to basic needs. To that end, we have gathered a few resources to support especially vulnerable populations below:
- Organizations like United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led network, are stepping up to support undocumented students’ and families’ access to health care during this uncertain time. Here is a list of medical resources broken down by state.
- For low-income families and students who don’t have access to the internet at home, the following companies are assisting in efforts to bridge the digital inequity gap so parents, educators, and students can create learning environments at home.
- As students and families adjust to meals at home, many kids are losing healthy meals they depend on as COVID-19 closes schools nationwide. No Kid Hungry is meeting the challenge to support students navigating food insecurity.
- The New Teacher Project put together methods for teachers to support students who have diverse learning needs.
We hope this information can be useful in the weeks to come. We’ll continue to share resources that we trust and think might be valuable to you. Please feel free to reach out if there is anything additional you think we can be doing to support you and your teams.