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Supporting our Communities
Hello friends –     
                                                                                          
How are you? I sincerely hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy.
 
Schools and families are learning and adapting in the wake of COVID-19. Here is how Sound Discipline is stepping up our support:
  • Listening; We have two surveys, one for parents, and another for school leaders, to collect ideas and feedback about resources and support needed now.
  • Collaborating with school partners to offer support via online platforms, including professional development workshops, parenting support, and data team meetings.
  • Developing and disseminating resources around social emotional learning content for parents and caregivers, like short training videos on family meetings and resources to practice Positive Discipline and social emotional skills at home. 
  • Translating many of our materials into Spanish.
  • Offering free resources like our self-regulation cards (in English and Spanish).
  • Sending weekly emails to educators and parents.  
 
Each week, we are focused on important themes. Resources and activities around these themes are sent directly to school leaders and parents and are shared via our website and social media. Our first four themes have been:

Self-Regulation Skills – Activities and resources for families to practice at home the self-regulation skills kids learn and practice at school;
Family Meetings – Video trainings for families to build connection and plan activities at home;
Connection – Tools and videos for families seeking creative ways to connect with loved ones while following the protocols for social distancing;
Contribution – Tools and videos for parents to facilitate children’s contributions in meaningful ways at home (while kids are furloughed from their regular “job” of going to school).

Find these resources and more on our website. We want to stay engaged with you during this time. Connection is more important than ever when we are all forced to be physically apart.
 
Tell us what you think would help.
Give! Focusing on purpose is how we all cope. We appreciate your support. 

We love hearing from you. Reach us via FacebookTwitterLinkedInYouTube, or email

Thank you.




Andrea John-Smith
Transitional Executive Director, Sound Discipline
 Sound Discipline Champions
Building Classroom Community Online
Holly Craig, 1st Grade Teacher, Nooksack Elementary

All of the educators in our schools are champions—especially this month. As you mourn the many losses resulting from school closures, at Sound Discipline, we are seeing the grief -- the struggles to connect with all your students, given the inequities in access, and the stressful situations so many families are facing.

In spite of that, we also see incredible creativity emerging as you figure out how to maintain community without a physical building. We’ve seen videos of you singing together and compilation videos of coping strategies sent out to families. We’ve seen you trying three, four, five kinds of platforms and communication methods to access each family and get materials to all -- you inspire us!

When the governor ordered schools closed, one 1st grade teacher from Nooksack Elementary, in Nooksack, WA, Holly Craig, invited her families to a private Facebook group. She was surprised and thrilled when 90% of her class joined by the next day. She shared videos for students with read-alouds and social-emotional skills practice. The feedback was great. Her families let her know how much the children needed and missed their classroom community. Holly took it to the next level and began holding Zoom online class meetings! 



Photo from https://www.twiniversity.com/2020/03/how-to-host-a-virtual-zoom-playdate-when-kids-are-stuck-indoors/

As they learned the technology, Holly acknowledged that it would probably be messy at first, telling her families that she would be learning along with them. She made videos to help students and families learn to use the online platform.

Class meetings started with some simple talking structures aimed at including every student’s voice. Each student takes a turn to say hello and at the end each student says good-bye. After hello, they do short check-ins. Students also asked to do show and tell -- ”Ever seen a sheep in a tutu?”

Some classroom jobs are transferring home too. One student is serving as the “Class Botanist,” taking care of classroom plants at home. He shares live botanist updates with his class! Holly wonders what other classroom jobs will find a way to transfer to home. Even over spring break, Holly noticed that her families continued to connect without her, continuing to support one another in their Facebook group. 

Holly plans to incorporate more classroom meeting elements that the kids are already used to from their classroom into their virtual meetings. For now, she is taking it a step at a time, really listening to the students’ and families’ needs.

Thanks Holly, for modeling ways to keep our classroom community connected. 

 
Upcoming Events
Support for Parents
Though Sound Discipline is  not offering parenting classes at this time, we are available to offer parent support. For example, our Facilitators are co-hosting Zoom calls with school principals for parents. If we can help support parents in your community, send us an email.
Mentor Group for Parent Educators

Join us for an online Mentor Group on Zoom! RSVP to receive the link. An opportunity to learn and develop your parent education skills with other Positive Discipline parent educators. Let's support each other to be of service to families especially during this time.

Saturday, May 9, 9:30-11:30
via Zoom

What We Are Reading

The Invisible String
Patrice Karst


Written to address children's fear of being apart from the ones they love, The Invisible String delivers a particularly compelling message in today's uncertain times. 

Available as a paperback and audiobook (30 day free trial available). 
 
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