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EARLY EDUCATION:

“We hope our little iguana friend brings some joy, especially to the young children.”

The link to the iguana is at www.MeAndMyIguana.com

Building on last week’s launch of the Caring for Each Other initiative, Sesame Workshop is rolling out brand new content to help families stay physically and mentally healthy as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Today’s release on SesameStreet.org/caring includes animations on healthy habits, resources providing comfort, and activities that caregivers can use to spark learning in areas like reading, math, science, and more. The animated spots, which will be available in 19 languages, include Elmo’s new “Washy Wash” song (updating the popular “Brushy Brush“), as well as Sesame Street Muppets learning how to sneeze properly and how caring for yourself means caring for each other.

Reading Is Fundamental is continually evolving its collection of resources to reach children and engage them in the power of reading anything, anytime, anywhere. The following resources can be used immediately to help children continue their reading journey during these disruptive times:

  1. Free 30 day access to almost 1,000 eBooks with Skybrary: Created by LeVar Burton Kids, Skybrary provides children ages 2 – 9 with the opportunity to embark on their own reading adventures anytime and anywhere through this interactive and engaging digital library. Children will be educated and entertained while reading or taking an adventure through the many books and video field trips. Parents can be assured that young or struggling readers have the benefit of a read-to-me narration option and all will enjoy the interactives included throughout each book. To learn more about Skybrary, visit RIF.org/Read-With-Skybrary.
  2. Access to an array of activities to keep children engaged at home: Online resources include RIF’s recommended reading lists available by grade level, ability to create their own puzzles using our Puzzle Creator tool, and games such as Book Bingo, activity sheets, read-aloud tips, coloring sheets and more on RIF’s Literacy Central.
  3. Resources for educators to share with parents: How to Connect Home Literacy Practices to School Literacy Practices suggests simple ways to integrate literacy into daily experiences such as story-telling, cooking, music and more.
  4. Educators can share links to activities aligned with popular books and parents can download these free resources any time. Additional RIF online resources for teachers and parents can be found here:
    1. Parents: https://www.rif.org/literacy-network/resources/quick-guides/quick-guides-families
    2. Parent read-aloud resources:  https://www.rif.org/literacy-network/resources/quick-guides/read-aloud-support
    3. Teachers:  https://www.rif.org/literacy-network/resources/quick-guides/quick-guides-educators
  5. Talk to kids about their feelings: This is a scary time and finding books that support social and emotional learning (SEL) will help children express how they are feeling about what is going on in the world. RIF offers resources for educators and parents at RIF.org/SEL. Book examples:
    1. What to Do When You Worry Too Much — This interactive book is designed to lead children and their parents through techniques often used to treat anxiety.
    2. Jacqueline and the Beanstalk — This modern retelling of the classic fairy tale aims to help kids face and live with their fears. When a princess climbs up a beanstalk, she meets a giant who is afraid of the unknown.
    3. Emily Grace and the What-Ifs — Bedtime can be a scary time for kids. As soon as Emily Grace tries to go to sleep, her mind begins to race
      1. and worry. After taking a moment to calm down, she figures out a method to cope with her fears.
    1. Support for bilingual households: RIF’s Spanish language resources include word search puzzles and memory match games for books like Tikki Tikki Tembo. Examples of RIF’s Spanish language resources can be found at Literacy Central Bilingual Center.
    2. The importance of reading aloud to your child:  There have long been studies on the importance of reading aloud to children and how it supports their developmental reading skills as detailed in “Reading Aloud, Play and Social-Emotional Development,” published in the journal Pediatrics. To help parents and caregivers get the most out of the time spent reading to their children, here are a selection of read-aloud books and activities for families and children:
      1. The Cat in the Hat read aloud by Justin Bieber
      2. Read-aloud support
      3. Reading Logs and Activities
  6. To help RIF provide children in need with books and digital resources visit www.rif.org/donate.

EDUCATION:

To help with homeschooling, edHelper.com has been releasing daily math, puzzle, and reading workbooks for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade. In the last week, parents have downloaded over 500,000 books free to the public.  But has this been working?  EdHelper reached out to parents to see, and results show that parents who have reduced screen time to a period of 3–4 hours during the day have experienced sanity in their family life. During this time allotment, kids can read, play, exercise, and do chores, and edHelper suggests they work for 15–45 minutes on math worksheets. Some parents also have put a poster on their refrigerator with ideas for this time period.

You can read more about the feedback on edHelper’s prograam on Facebook:

Keep kids learning. With kids dismissed from school, the TurfMutt Foundation offers free, online, do-at-home lesson plans and activities where kids in grades K-8 can continue to learn science and nature lessons right in their own backyards. The TurfMutt environmental education program resources are based on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) principles, and teach kids about the benefits of taking care of and spending time in nature.

Access the free TurfMutt resources at http://www.scholastic.com/turfmutt/.

Paul VanZant, Chair of Can Geo Education and Governor of the RCGS: “While we’re launching our new virtual classroom, we’ll also be hosting Google Hangouts, where participants can join explorers for video chats on a variety of topics, and other activities such as trivia challenges and mapping exercises. We want to keep students engaged by having them visit the website www.onlineclassroom.cangeoeducation.ca!”

Wide Open School features the very best resources from publishers, nonprofits, and education companies, including the American Federation of Teachers, Amplify, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Head Start, Khan Academy, National Geographic, Noggin, PBS, Scholastic, Sesame Workshop, Time for Kids, XQ Institute, and YouTube. Find the full site at WideOpenSchool.org.

In response to school closures caused by COVID-19, Istation, a leading educational technology company, has launched a new video series, “Red Cape Classroom,” on the Istation Facebook page. The series, which airs weekdays at 10 a.m. CST, offers brief, insightful and actionable tips for at-home instruction during the transition to remote learning.

Ultimate Children’s Writing Cheat Sheet (30 years of children’s writing wisdom in one indispensable guide)

* How to Publish a Children’s Book (three part video series explaining traditional and self-publishing)

* Young Writer’s Blueprint (complete step-by-step writing course for kids)

* My Author’s Journey (Complete author presentation by Teresa Funke with lots of great historical learning)

They’re all free with no catches.  We ask only one favor – please share this link wherever you can.  We really want to help writers (and kids) during this difficult time.

Here’s the link:

https://writingblueprints.acemlnb.com/lt.phps=53d8368e91db4dbe12e96e6ad016348b&i=166A168A1A897

FreshGrade is a digital portfolio and assessment platform free for all teachers, students and families to capture evidence of learning, provide feedback and track progress against ministry or custom objectives. It’s currently used in schools and districts across North America. “FreshGrade is the perfect solution for teachers struggling in this quickly-changing COVID-19 landscape,” says Lane Merrifield, CEO of FreshGrade. “My own children have been impacted. FreshGrade can help teachers continue to connect with their students and parents.”

FreshGrade empowers K-12 teachers to assign lessons to students, receive submissions, assess in a virtual context, and communicate with students and parents. With mobile and desktop applications, FreshGrade can be used by teachers, students, and parents—wherever they are. FreshGrade is uniquely designed to meet the needs of educators in remote teaching context.

Edge Foundation today is announcing free or reduced-price sliding scale fees for individual coaching aimed at students who are at home.

“This is a time of stress for many of us – students and adults alike,” said Edge Foundation Founder Neil Peterson. “Having an Edge coach can only help. Our coaches are not coaching English or math. Instead, they work on whatever issues a student or parent is concerned about. Edge coaches are specially trained to provide for youth what adults would receive from life or executive coaches.”

The Seattle-based Edge Foundation has more than 15 years’ experience helping young people, especially those who struggle and non-traditional learners – youth and young adults with executive function challenges, either from childhood trauma (ACEs), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or other causes. The Edge Foundation provides one-to-one coaching to help these students learn and realize their full potential. Edge Foundation coaches work virtually with individuals using online tools such as Zoom, Skype, Facetime, etc., regardless of where the student or parent is located – at work, in school or at home.

“We want families and their youth who are experiencing anxiety and stress during the current crisis to know that our certified, highly qualified coaches who work in our Individual Edge Coaching program are available to provide coaching during this crisis,” Peterson said. “Having an Edge coach at a time like this can be extremely helpful.”

Anyone who is interested in learning more about Edge coaching should contact the Edge Foundation at info@edgefoundation.org or 888.718.8886

An annual, all-access membership to the Stubby Squad costs a one-time payment of $49.99, but today’s announcement has unveiled a monthly option of $4.99 with promo code SPRINGBREAK providing the first month of membership for free to anyone signing up before April 19, 2020. To redeem, visit: www.stubbysquad.com/join“Since the film’s release, we’ve received an amazing outpouring of support from fans around the country from all walks of life,” says Fun Academy founder and director of Sgt. Stubby, Richard Lanni. “We’re excited to give our fans – young and old – a chance to participate in the kind of fact-based, age-appropriate storytelling they’d like to see going forward.”

Red Roof has launched the Student Support Program to help students who can’t get home find stability and an immediate place to stay. The Support Program provides students with a 30% discount, per room, for stays at participating locations across the country including Red Roof Inn® and Red Roof PLUS+® properties. Students looking for longer term accommodation, seven days or more, will receive a $25 Amazon gift card to help purchase essential items.

We know there is a real need for students who are scrambling to find a place to stay and may be far away from their hometown and family with nowhere to go,” says Marina MacDonald, CMO at Red Roof. “Red Roof has many locations near colleges and universities, and we have created the Student Support Program to provide secure and safe accommodations to give students some stability and peace of mind.”

Students must show valid college identification to receive the 30% discount and weekly stay incentive. Rooms include Fast. Free. Verified. WiFi* that will allow students to be connected and engaged with virtual learning and e-classes during their stays. Pets can travel with students and always stay free. Students looking for accommodations close to campuses can book through May 15 and can stay through May 31, 2020 using VP code 627535.

Students are encouraged to book direct online here, by calling 800.RED.ROOF or by calling or booking at a specific participating property. Third Party Bookings are not eligible. This offer may not be combined with other discounts or offers. Subject to availability. Not available at Hometowne Studios by Red Roof.

For more details on the Student Support Program and to access a full list of participating properties**, please click here.

Our team at BombBomb is so excited to be able to help teachers rehumanize their communication through video.”

To learn more about how teachers can use BombBomb visit BombBomb.com/education.

National PTA launched a comprehensive webpage today, which features resources, tools and information to support families and educators amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Located at PTA.org/COVID-19, the goal is to help communities navigate the emerging challenges the pandemic has presented, while meeting the educational and social and emotional needs of all students, educators and families.

COVID-19 has and will continue to have a significant impact on K-12 education and on the communities PTAs serve. Among the many resources available at PTA.org/COVID-19 are guides for families on social and emotional support, learning at home and healthy habits; and resources for educators on teaching

from home, supporting their students and selfcare.

The webpage also links to resources from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and U.S. Department of Education and provides information on how to talk to children about COVID-19, what is being done to support equitable access to the internet for student learning and to ensure vulnerable youth have access to school meals, and what legislative action Congress is taking regarding COVID-19.

  • Intelligent Education offers the solution, with intuitive tools that help teachers, instructors, and educators at all grade levels build high-quality online courses with as little as a smartphone and a well-lit, quiet room. Even more remarkable, Intelligent Education offers these course-creation tools completely free of charge:

    https://IntelligentEducation.com/

  • View Intelligent Education’s completed courses at https://IntelligentEducation.com/ie-courses or begin building your own for free at https://IntelligentEducation.com/build-online-courses.
  • Learn4Life is a network of nonprofit public schools that provides students personalized learning, career training and life skills. Each school is locally controlled, tuition free and gives students the
  • View Intelligent Education’s completed courses at https://IntelligentEducation.com/ie-courses or begin building your own for free at https://IntelligentEducation.com/build-online-courses.
  • Learn4Life is a network of nonprofit public schools that provides students personalized learning, career training and life skills. Each school is locally controlled, tuition free and gives students the flexibility and one-on-one attention they need to succeed. Serving more than 49,000 students across California, we help students prepare for a future beyond high school. We are proud to be a GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency recipient for our ethical, transparent and effective organizational practices. For more information, please visit www.learn4life.org.
  • Is Fundamental is continually evolving its collection of resources to reach children and engage them in the power of reading anything, anytime, anywhere. The following resources can be used immediately to help children continue their reading journey during these disruptive times:
    1. Free 30 day access to almost 1,000 eBooks with Skybrary: Created by LeVar Burton Kids, Skybrary provides children ages 2 – 9 with the opportunity to embark on their own reading
    2. adventures anytime and anywhere through this interactive and engaging digital library. Children will be educated and entertained while reading or taking an adventure through the many books and video field trips. Parents can be assured that young or struggling readers have the benefit of a read-to-me narration option and all will enjoy the interactives included throughout each book. To learn more about Skybrary, visit RIF.org/Read-With-Skybrary.
    3. Access to an array of activities to keep children engaged at home: Online resources include RIF’s recommended reading lists available by grade level, ability to create their own puzzles using our Puzzle Creator tool, and games such as Book Bingo, activity sheets, read-aloud tips, coloring sheets and more on RIF’s Literacy Central.
    4. Resources for educators to share with parents: How to Connect Home Literacy Practices to School Literacy Practices suggests simple ways to integrate literacy into daily experiences such as story-telling, cooking, music and more. Educators can share links to activities aligned with popular books and parents can download these free resources any time. Additional RIF online resources for teachers and parents can be found here:
      1. Parents: https://www.rif.org/literacy-network/resources/quick-guides/quick-guides-families
      2. Parent read-aloud resources:  https://www.rif.org/literacy-network/resources/quick-
        1. guides/read-aloud-support
        2. Teachers:  https://www.rif.org/literacy-network/resources/quick-guides/quick-guides-educators
      3. Talk to kids about their feelings: This is a scary time and finding books that support social and emotional learning (SEL) will help children express how they are feeling about what is going on in the world. RIF offers resources for educators and parents at RIF.org/SEL. Book examples:
        1. What to Do When You Worry Too Much — This interactive book is designed to lead children and their parents through techniques often used to treat anxiety.
        2. Jacqueline and the Beanstalk — This modern retelling of the classic fairy tale aims to help kids face and live with their fears. When a princess climbs up a beanstalk, she meets a giant who is afraid of the unknown.
        3. Emily Grace and the What-Ifs — Bedtime can be a scary time for kids. As soon as Emily Grace tries to go to sleep, her mind begins to race and worry. After taking a moment to calm down, she figures out a method to cope with her fears.
          1. Support for bilingual households: RIF’s Spanish language resources include word search puzzles and memory match games for books like Tikki Tikki Tembo. Examples of RIF’s Spanish language resources can be found at Literacy Central Bilingual Center.
          2. The importance of reading aloud to your child:  There have long been studies on the importance of reading aloud to children and how it supports their developmental reading skills as detailed in “Reading Aloud, Play and Social-Emotional Development,” published in the journal Pediatrics. To help parents and caregivers get the most out of the time spent reading to their children, here are a selection of read-aloud books and activities for families and children:
            1. The Cat in the Hat read aloud by Justin Bieber
            2. Read-aloud support
            3. Reading Logs and Activities
        4. To help RIF provide children in need with books and digital resources visit www.rif.org/donate.
        5. Udacity, the global online learning platform that trains the world’s workforce for the careers of the
        6. future, announced today that it will offer free Nanodegree program scholarships to individuals who have experienced job loss in the United States due to the Coronavirus pandemic. These scholarships will provide valuable retraining for people seeking to rebuild careers in today’s technical workforce, offering access to Nanodegree® programs in a range of in-demand fields including artificial intelligence, machine learning, digital marketing, product management, data analysis, cloud computing, autonomous vehicles, and programming. Udacity is offering these scholarships as part of its ongoing commitment to the White House’s Pledge to America’s Workers. Job-displaced workers who would like to receive a Udacity scholarship can learn more by visiting udacity.com/pledge-to-americas-workers.
  • Scribd is offering free access to all of its ebooks, audiobooks, and other digital content for 30 days.
  • While I encourage you to support your local bookstore through Libro.fm or Bookshop.org, you can also take advantage of two months free at Kindle Unlimited, where every page read means payments for authors and publishers.
  • Scholastic is offering free, day-by-day projects for those of you with children at home.

WRITERS & THE ARTS:

RESOURCE LIST: Provided by Kickstarter

Grants and funds available sooner rather than later

Grants and funds available in the medium- and long-term

We have a broad and varied membership of writers, so it was very important to us that we do something to try to help all types of writer and that any financial assistance offered was open to all. The decision our Board of Directors has taken is to focus our financial assistance on one centralised area and make a significant donation to the SoA Authors’ Emergency Fund which will be there to help writers in financial need.
ALCS is a collecting society set up by writers, for writers. Paying money to writers through licensing when their works have been used is at the core of what we do. Later this week, we will pay £24 million to over 89,000 writers – and since 1977 we’ve paid over £500 million to writers – but these are difficult and unique times, so we wanted to see what else we could do to support all writers. While there are so many people struggling in lots of different ways from the current situation, financial support for writers is what ALCS is all about and financially the current climate is particularly worrying for those who are self-employed, which we know many ALCS members are.- ALCS, alongside the Royal Literary Fund, TS Eliot Foundation, English PEN and Amazon UK have contributed to the fund that will be paid out in grants to writers who have found themselves financially affected by the current COVID-19 outbreak.

About the Fund

Applicants do not need to be ALCS or SoA members; it’s open to all writers for whom author-related activity makes up a substantial amount of their annual income. The SoA have run this fund since 1960, so they have a lot of experience in assessing applications for this type of fund and their approach is broad, agile and fast; aiming to turn around applications within weeks.

The Emergency Fund is open to all types of writers including:

  • Scriptwriters
  • Novelists
  • Non-fiction writers
  • Poets
  • Illustrators
  • Literary translators
  • Journalists

If you’d like to apply, the criteria for applications can be found on the SoA

website: societyofauthors.org/Grants/contingency-funds

If you are an organisation who would like to help writers through this difficult time and donate to the fund, please contact the SoA at info@societyofauthors.org.

BUSINESS:

In honor of National Financial Literacy Month, American Advisors Group (AAG), the leading provider of home equity solutions for retirement, will be releasing a series of animated educational videos that teach Americans how to use their home equity as a financial tool to complement their retirement accounts. AAG will be releasing information filled videos throughout April along with additional educational resources and articles regarding financial literacy and how home equity can be used as a retirement resource. The first video, titled “Piggy Bank,” can be seen here.

7-Eleven, Inc., the world’s largest convenience retailer, will offer free delivery with purchase and promo code on all orders made through its 7NOW® delivery app effective today through April 30. To activate free delivery, customers simply apply the promo code FREE4U upon checkout.

To streamline the effort, B2B CFO has appointed regional Partners across the country to serve as point of contact for business owners.

  • Northeast business owners should contact Mark Nuelle at: 203-470-9920
  • Southeast business owners should contact Terry Eve at: 561-459-6262
  • Midwest business owners should contact Debi Corrie at: 618-541-1197
  • Southwest business owners should contact Tom Azzarelli at: 480-993-4720
  • Northwest business owners should contact Shane Campbell at: 707-753-1588

“We understand the stress and uncertainty this pandemic is creating for individuals and families across the country,” said Kristen Holt, President & CEO, GreenPath Financial Wellness. “By partnering with USSFCU, GreenPath’s team of HUD Certified Housing Counselors and NFCC certified credit counselors is here to help you prepare for and navigate the financial effects of COVID-19.” For more information on what individuals can do to manage finances affected by COVID-19, visit www.greenpath.com or call 877.337.3399.

Nurses, doctors, first responders, grocery workers, and others receive $100 off comprehensive estate planning

BOSTON, March 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Gentreo, a simple, secure and affordable online estate planning platform, announced today the launch of its “Essential Employee Discount,” a program waving nearly 80% of fees to support workers combatting the COVID-19 outbreak. These services include the legally-binding establishment of pet powers of attorney, health care proxies, wills, living wills, powers of attorney and saving and sharing these documents in the Gentreo Family Vault.

In support of healthcare workers and physical and occupational therapists working on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic, Education Resources, Inc. is offering the online course “Lines, Tubes, Ventilators, and Diagnostic Screening for Stability v. Instability” at no cost to therapists. This 3.5 hour, intermediate, CEU-approved course is taught by Steve Sadowsky, an ABPTS Certified Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Clinical Specialist. The web-based course is appropriate for therapists working with adults in acute care, chronic care, home care, and rehab. Therapists can register for the course at www.educationresourcesinc.com and enter promo code ERISTANDS at checkout.

For more information including ERI’s complete catalogue of CE approved online courses, and details on ERI’s response to COVID-19, visit www.educationresourcesinc.com or call 800-487-6530.

Udacity, the global online learning platform that trains the world’s workforce for the careers of the future, has announced today that it is opening up its premium learning platform for free to everyone for one month in response to the employment disruptions stemming from the current coronavirus pandemic.

KeyBank today is detailing several steps it has taken to help support its clients facing economic hardship due to the spread of COVID-19. In addition to financial programs already in place, KeyBank announced it will defer payment for at least 90 days for clients facing economic hardship due to the spread of COVID-19.

 

  • Package includes a payment deferral plan for clients facing economic hardship
  • Support for our employees, including a childcare reimbursement
  • KeyBank Foundation announces initial community support plan
  • Temporary closure of certain branches to keep teammates and clients safe

As part of its comprehensive response to the impact of COVID-19, the KeyBank Foundation also announced several steps it will take to support and augment employee donations and volunteer efforts. This includes an initial $1 million commitment to support vulnerable individuals, small businesses, and neighborhoods.

Supporting Our Clients:

  • Consumer Relief: For borrowers experiencing hardship related to COVID-19, KeyBank will offer a payment deferral for up to 90 days upon request. All consumer credit products such as mortgage, home equity, student, auto, lines of credit and credit card can be considered for this relief. The deferral will include both principal and interest payments for 90 days, upon client request. There will be no negative reporting to credit bureaus. Interest will continue to accrue during deferral. Clients can contact their local branch or 1-800-KEY2YOU (539-2968). TDDY 1-800-539-8336
  • Small Business Relief: KeyBank has expertise on government programs and a variety of solutions that will lower borrowing costs for small businesses including the option to defer payments for 90 days. Business owners affected by COVID-19 are asked to contact their relationship manager or 1-888-KEY4BIZ (539-4249) to discuss relief options for their business.
  • In addition, last week KeyBank announced the launch of a resource for existing clients designed to provide a sense of security – a shorter-term unsecured personal loan up to $5,000. KeyBank’s new Temporary Assistance Loan is designed to feature same day approval, next day funding, with very low rates. Full details on this new loan will be available this week at Key.com/coronavirus.
  • KeyBank has been recognized as SBA’s 9th largest lender for 2019. We have a variety of solutions for our small business clients designed to help improve their business. Look to us to provide personalized comprehensive options with flexible terms and competitive interest rates.*

These programs are designed to assist clients who are facing economic hardship due to the spread of COVID-19 and the measures taken to contain it. They augment existing KeyBank programs, including possible forbearance or extension, waived fees (late or overdraft) or waived penalties for early CD withdrawal.  Key will also pause on new repossessions of vehicles as well as residential property foreclosures, unless required by federal or government agency.  More information about these programs is available at Key.com/coronavirus.

To support business owners during this time, B2B CFO’s nearly 200 Partners located across the United States have offered America’s businesses access to free cash flow advice sessions. In these personal, one-on-one sessions, business owners will learn what immediate action they can take, what plans they could make for the next two weeks, and valuable insights on how they can restart their business.

AT&T is offering schools a way to save on unlimited wireless broadband connectivity for students.  Through May 22nd, qualified schools activating new lines on qualified data-only plans for school-issued tablets, 4G LTE-enabled laptops and hotspot devices will get the wireless data service at no cost for 60 days.1

unprecedented impacts on our society and keeping millions of students and teachers home for the foreseeable future, AT&T* is stepping up to enable virtual classrooms across America. AT&T is offering schools a way to save on unlimited wireless broadband connectivity for students.  Through May 22nd, qualified schools activating new lines on qualified data-only
And schools know they need to protect their students while online – which is why AT&T is also making  AccessMyLANTM for the qualified lines available at no cost for 60 days.1 This service allows school administrators to manage the internet sites their students can access to help protect them from unsafe content and also to block malicious sites, malware and hacking attempts.

“We know that schools and universities across America are grappling with the impact of COVID-19, and that moving the classroom into the home requires access to the internet for all students,” said Mo Katibeh, EVP-chief marketing officer, AT&T Business. “This is an important step to help schools address the challenge.  AT&T is committed to finding innovative ways to support education institutions during this public health crisis.”

To keep administrators, teachers, parents, and students connected, we’re also offering AT&T Office@Hand Premium powered by RingCentral at no cost for eligible new customers in K-12 education, as well as healthcare and non-profit social services for up to 60 days with agreement. This enables schools to quickly activate video meetings and always-on chat groups where teachers and students can share files and collaborate on assignments. Schools can setup hotline, phone, fax and SMS capabilities through Office@Hand mobile and computer apps.

Supporting eLearning Tools

Beyond helping schools meet the connectivity challenge, AT&T is directly supporting the development and deployment of eLearning resources. This includes launching a $10 million Distance Learning and Family Connections Fund to give parents, students and teachers tools they need for at-home learning. The fund launched with a $1M contribution to Khan Academy – to help them improve and expand online learning resources to meet the growing demand from parents, teachers and students.

EXERCISES:

Virtual offerings include at-home workouts with common household items in place of gym equipment, nutritional education, cooking lessons, and more. Learn more about WWP virtual offerings. For additional networking opportunities, connect and engage with WWP and other warriors through WWP’s official social channels: FacebookTwitterYouTube, and Instagram

MEDICAL:

Nautilus Medical Announces Free Access to TeleRay, a Telemedicine Solution to Healthcare Providers

More information can be found at www.TeleRay.io or by contacting Nautilus Medical at (317) 457 0073 or by e-mail at info@NautilusMedical.com.

 

The Alliance also put online a set of data analytic tools to enable states to identify the highest risk facilities and localities—those with clusters of individuals over 65 or with relevant health issues.

A 15-minute webinar describing the Alliance’s tools and recommendations for U.S. federal, state and local policymakers is here. The webinar expands on a slide deck that lays out the analysis and guidance. Corporation (NYSE: IDT), a global provider of communications and payment services, announced today that international money transfers on the BOSS Revolution Money app are free through April 30, 2020* when customers use their debit cards to send up to $2,999.**

Telemedicine is the ability of a clinician to interact, diagnose and advise patients remotely over an audio/video feed – is a vital tool in the management of pandemic conditions. It reduces the exposure of at-risk clinical staff to infection and, in the unfortunate event they need to self-quarantine, allows clinicians to continue to practice from confinement. Further, the use of telemedicine eliminates patient exposure to cross-infection when visiting a healthcare facility. The US mortality rate for this condition is still above 2% as testing volume increases and Nautilus believes it has an obligation to make its solution freely available for at least 60 days to help remediate this crisis. Nautilus will provide free technical support for implementation and reimbursement advice.

More information can be found at www.TeleRay.io or by contacting Nautilus Medical at (317) 457 0073 or by e-mail at info@NautilusMedical.com.

o Connect Teletherapy, an established, licensed provider of speech and occupational therapy for K-12 students, announced today that it is expanding its online therapy offerings to help parents cope with  their children’s needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has closed schools nationwide. As the media has reported, millions of families are struggling to support children with special education needs during this period of social isolation.

MENTAL HEALTH:

  • WWP Talk, the organization’s free mental health phone support line, is currently providing a safe, non-judgmental outlet to warriors and family members.
  • Virtual offerings include at-home workouts with common household items in place of gym equipment, nutritional education, cooking lessons, and more. Learn more about WWP virtual offerings. For additional networking opportunities, connect and engage with WWP and other warriors through WWP’s official social channels: FacebookTwitterYouTube, and Instagram.For schools or districts impacted by the Coronavirus that are interested in acquiring free access for students and teachers, contact Shmoop at support@shmoop.com.For schools or districts interested in learning more about Shmoop’s anticipated new classroom technology, contact pr@shmoop.com.
  •  Powtoon, a leading video creation and visual communication platform, announced today its tools and guides that will change the way people conduct and experience remote learning and remote workingThe new tools, along with Powtoon’s video creation capabilities, allow for the easy and seamless creation of training videos for learning and development, internal communications, business presentations, product launches, digital and broadcast ads, explainer videos, and educational materials for the classroom.
    • Removing all content limitations from free Powtoon plans for charities, nonprofit organizations, and government bodies through June 30
    • Classroom education plans will now be free through June 30
    • Reducing the price of Powtoon Pro+ annual plans by 50%
    • Offering special plans for large corporations through the duration of the crisisPowtoon is making it easier than ever to get started with the following:
  • Learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt today detailed the comprehensive support efforts now in place for educators, students and school districts navigating the challenges of closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To enable continued access to high-quality materials, keep educators and students connected, and support the community at large with meaningful, engaging free educational resources, HMH has established a wide-ranging collection of flexible learning opportunities and offerings on its centralized online response hub.
    • Flexible curriculum access and virtual professional development delivery: HMH will expand access for districts using its programs and services, including free additional digital licensing, renewals and extensions through the summer, liberal permissions to deliver content in additional formats and forms, including print where needed, and virtual delivery of professional services and coaching for educators. All information is detailed at hmhco.com/learningsupport.    
    • Use of AI-driven personalized learning platforms WaggleWritable and Amira: HMH is offering district administrators temporary use of its personalized learning solutions Waggle (adaptive math and literacy instruction and practice, grades 3-8), Writable (writing skills practice, grades 3-12)  and Amira Learning (early literacy assessment and practice, grades K-3). These online tools will be offered for no additional charge and are ideal for virtual learning, providing real-time insight and feedback to continue the momentum of classroom learning and keep students and teachers connected. Full details can be found here. 
    • For Heinemann customers, comprehensive, teacher-centric support: Heinemann has launched a weekly e-newsletter with online teaching resources, advice from its author community, new opportunities for professional development and ways for teachers to connect with peers and work together to pursue excellence even in adversity. In-person workshops have been moved to virtual delivery and Heinemann authors are providing guidance around online delivery of their curricular resources. Ongoing updates may be found here.
    • Urgent book donations for at-home learning: HMH has made urgent donations of 65,000 books (with more to come) to partners at First Book and Save the Children, who are supporting students without access to the internet with quality books at home.
    • HMH Books & Media open read-aloud permission for teachers and librarians: HMH Books & Media, home to nearly two centuries of award-winning literature for adults and children, is granting an open permission to educators and librarians who would like to use HMH books to engage their students and community remotely through virtual storytelling and read-aloud opportunities.   
    • Expanded support services: HMH has extended technical support service hours to ensure schools have real-time support as they shift to remote learning and teaching models.
  • HMH is working daily with customers and will continue to assess critical learning needs, providing responsive support for districts, teachers and students. Additional resources will be made available, and updates will be posted regularly at hmhco.com/learningsupport.
  • We saw a need emerging for quick and easy access to correct information for parents, and safe, educational online entertainment for kids. InfoMark created one Mark, *KIDS, to provide children with direct links to activities and entertainment. The benefits of using InfoMark, as opposed to surfing the web, are as follows:No collection of your data, all the websites have been reviewed to ensure the safety of younger audiences, all the information is reputable and up-to-date, and it’s free!Anyone can go to infomark.com and enter “KIDS” in the search field or follow this direct link: https://infomark.com/search/?KIDS

JOBS:

  • NEW ON THE BLOG:

    HOT ON THE BLOG:

    NEW WFH JOB LEADS:

    While all of these companies are believed to be legit — I can not guarantee their legitimacy. As is always the case, you need to do your due diligence before applying for any job.

    In-Person and Remote Careers – CVS Health

    • CVS Health is hiring 50,000 remote and in-person workers in a variety of fields right now. I’ve linked to the remote career section above which includes virtual positions for nurses, IT, pharmacists, retail management, finance, and more. For more about the bonuses for in-person positions, check out this article.

    Full Service Grocery Shoppers – Instacart

    • Instacart is hiring 300,000 more workers to shop and deliver groceries. Workers can make their own schedule, get paid weekly, and start earning quickly. Must be 18 or older to work as a shopper. According to this article, the states with the greatest hiring needs right now are California, New York, Texas, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Jersey, Georgia, and Ohio.

    WFH Careers – Direct Interactions

    • Direct Interactions is hiring 1,000 independent contractors in the following categories: 1) Disaster Response Agents2) Disaster Response – Bilingual Spanish and English, 3) School District Support Representatives and 4) Disaster Response Volunteers. The volunteer positions moves to a paid position after two weeks (in case some people want to try it out or gain experience). They do not hire in HI, MA, MI, NJ, NY, PA, or Washington D.C. Pay is $10-$12 per hour.

    WFH Careers – SYKES

    • SYKES is hiring 200 remote workers in the areas of customer support, teacher quality evaluators, and bilingual agentsFull and part-time positions available. Full-time work comes with benefits. They would like for agents to possess customer service experience but it’s not required.

    ESL Teachers – VIPKID

    • Hiring teachers from the US and Canada to teach ESL classes online to young Chinese children. Earn up to $22 per hour. Must have a Bachelor’s degree and experience with children. Make your own hours, get paid twice a month, and work from anywhere in the world.

    Education & Services Data Entry Clerk – The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

    • Play a supportive role in data capture within Education & Services. Perform ongoing data entry, data quality review and cleanup in a Salesforce Lightning environment. Work closely with the Director, Data Quality Improvement & Training to ensure timely and quality data entry. 1-3 years of experience. Temporary, part-time.

    Freelance Grant Writer – The National Booster Club Training Council

    • Seeking an individual to work on a contingency basis to write/research and or raise funds for our national education and training initiatives. We are offering a sliding scale compensation of 3-10% of grant awards $10,000 to $1.5 Million. The areas of grant Interest are the following: Adult Training, Compliance and Assessment, Fan Violence, Extracurricular School Activities, Secondary School Education, Education and General Operating. Contract.

    Customer Experience Manager – ModSquad

    • Lead a group of talented and dedicated Mods that deliver quality service via phone, chat, email and/or social media to our clients for various projects and services. Assist with recruiting, training, and performance management of Mods. College degree and 1 year of management experience required. 3+ years of contact center experience a plus. Full-time.

    Customer Service Representative – C3/CustomerContactChannels

    • Take your exemplary customer service skills, patience, understanding and compassion to answer inbound phone calls for our clients’ members or customers. We offer the opportunity for you to earn additional cash incentives in addition to your base pay (e.g., Depending on the Client/Program you are assigned, you could earn incentives for: Overachieving Performance, Upsell and Solution Selling, etc.) Hiring in Florida and Texas. 1 year of experience. Full-time + benefits.

    Technical Service Representative – Peckham

    • Responsible for providing support to customers over the phone or via computer (i.e. live chat, web tickets, or email), to a federal agency that is technical in nature. The activities associated with this position include identification, prioritization and resolution of reported problems. Both full- and part-time positions available, $16.97 per hour.

    Billing Support Specialist – A2 Hosting

    • Delight the customer with billing assistance to inquiries via phone and email. Quote prices for services, upgrades, downgrades, etc. Review incoming orders to ensure service is delivered promptly. Full-time + benefits.

    Product Support Specialist – Nuance

    • Provide first and second level application support and training services to customers to achieve high client satisfaction. The successful candidate receives, logs, analyzes, tracks, resolves or escalates inquiries to next support level to meet service level agreements (SLAs) and can be relied upon by both customer and internal teams when issues occur. Bachelor’s and 5 years of healthcare-related experience required. Full-time.

    Community Support Specialist – PenPal Schools

    • Seeking a part-time community support specialist ASAP. This part-time, remote role (~15 hours per week (3 hours per day, M-F); $15 per hour) will support students from around the world by moderating messages in our community and supporting teachers and parents with their questions about PenPal Schools.

    Virtual Receptionist – Smith.ai

    • Seeking part- and full-time virtual receptionists to work Monday – Friday answering calls, taking messages, booking appointments, and other administrative activities. Must have excellent communication skills and be able to type 40 WPMStarting pay is $10 per hour and full-time positions come with benefits.
  • EXTRAS:

  • Netflix Party is a Chrome extension that helps you link up with friends for long-distance movie nights and TV watch parties. H/t Kelly Figueroa-Ray.
  • Create an ephemeral real-time chat room with up to six friends: Yap

ASSOCIATED BANK offers financial relief measure to their customers.
www.AssociatedBank.com/COVID-19.

DAIRY FARMERS: On March 23 to March 27 at 10 a.m. Eastern, the America Dairy Association North East Facebook Page, how kids interact with the milk.

What’s Up With Milk, a printable coloring book.

https://www.americandairy.com

LONDON, ENGLAND

UpLearn, https://uplearn.co.uk

TECH INTERACTIVE  free resources; TheTech.org/athome

ADVENTURE 2 LEARNING. https://adventure2learning.com

SCHOOL OF ROCK Music Lovers www.schoolofrock.com

INVASTOR INC. offers free services to people affected by Corona Virus: the elderly, sick kids, people having a rough financial time and unable to pick up things such as medicine, groceries, toiletries, and other essentials.

MINDFUEL offers free educational resources to Canadians. mindfule.ca/staysafe

 

 



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