COVID-19 Information & Resources

We are facing unprecedented challenges as a result of COVID-19. Those of us who support college and career access and success for underserved students are already seeing damaging consequences of this pandemic. Some NPEA members are concerned about students unable to access online learning because of our nation’s digital divide. Others are trying to figure out resources for families for whom “shelter in place” means unemployment for their households. Still others are concerned with ongoing fundraising efforts and what the future holds.

As we all try to figure out how to operate in these unsettling times, NPEA’s message is clear: let’s work together. We know that programs and schools are stronger when we overcome challenges together, and that students will benefit the most when we are best-equipped to help them.

A national education community focused on historically marginalized students has never been more important than now. NPEA is here to support you. In the coming weeks, NPEA will offer ongoing communication, resources, and virtual spaces for members and non-members alike to come together in partnership and share challenges, solutions, and struggles. As we transition into these services, we’ll ask for your patience and understanding that new technology and remote working may bring to the surface.

In the meantime, please take advantage of some of the resources below, which we have found to be particularly helpful to date:

If you have any resources you’d like us to share, topics you’d like us to address, or questions you’d like us to pose to the members, please let us know here.


Index:

Click on the links below to access:


Steppingstone Resources:

NPEA is an initiative of The Steppingstone Foundation. Steppingstone has compiled a number of helpful resources for Scholars and families, addressing topics such as: COVID-19 health information and access to care and coverage in Massachusetts, immigration policy and enforcement updates, special relief programs, food and housing security information, general wellness and time management, academic-related resources, and more. We encourage you to visit their resource page for details.


Blog Posts and Resource Roundups:

Below please find a selection of blog posts and websites we’ve found to be helpful resources. We will continue to add to this list and encourage you to contact us with any suggestions, additions, etc. and/or alert us to any relevant errors or updates.


Current Articles:

From the week of May 11:


Webinars & Discussion Calls:

Webinar, Virtual Call, & Zoom Recordings:

Upcoming PD:


Resources By Topic:

Click on the topics below to navigate to the relevant resources and information we have collected to date:

University/College Updates on Communications, Policies, & Protocols

Mental Health

Social Emotional Learning

Testing Updates

Student Resources

Tech Tools and Distance Learning

**Additional resources and topics to be added on an ongoing basis.**


University/College Updates on Communications, Policies, & Protocols

Click on the links below to view language, examples, and updates on how just some of our NPEA supporting institution members and partners are communicating about COVID-19 related changes to their current and prospective students, staff/faculty, and other constituents.

  • Amherst College: admitted & prospective student updates, student strategies for learning remotely, student health and well-being, financial flexibility, and more.
  • Boston University: remote teaching readiness plan, summer session changes, updates for researchers, global programs info, residential life information, ongoing campus services, current guidelines for course completion, and more.
  • Bowdoin College: health services, counseling services, remote learning and teaching, teaching tools, library support and services, commencement updates.
  • MIT: updates on commencement, mental health and wellness resources, general COVID-19 resources, virtual town hall info, student success coaching programs, and more.
  • Tufts University: higher education’s role in fighting the coronavirus, commencement updates, remote learning resources, how to help (documentation project, supporting unexpected hardship funds, etc.), and more.
  • University of Pennsylvania: summer session changes, Penn Faculty and Staff updates regarding university operations, undergraduate communications about pass/fail options, updates on housing and dining credits, and more.
  • University of Chicago: convocation updates, new financial measures enacted, flexible grading options, community support, and more.


Mental Health

Click on the links below to view resources on mental health supports for staff/faculty, students and families, communities, and more.

  • American School Counselor Association: As part of their compilation of resources for school counselors to support students through COVID-19, ASCA has gathered a number of resources related to mental health and coping, with resources addressing topics including talking to children about COVID-19, crisis management, and coping with stress and anxiety. Social/emotional learning resources shared address mindfulness activities, game-based behavior interventions, and lessons and tools, through sites like BrainPOP, CASEL, Sanford Harmony, Second Step, and more.
  • Harvard Health – Managing Fears and Anxieties During the Coronavirus: “As information about Coronavirus unfolds and response plans are implemented, there can be a wide range of thoughts, feelings and reactions.” View this helpful one-pager about common reactions and strategies for managing and coping.
  • PEAR (Partnership in Education and Resilience): PEAR’S COVID-19 Resource Page: To respond to the current COVID-19 crisis, the PEAR team has generated and compiled resources and strategies for families, students, and educators as we work together to support our community through current and anticipated challenges.
  • Steve Fund: Maintaining Mental Health During the Coronavirus Pandemic: “The Steve Fund is aware of the impact that COVID-19 (coronavirus) is having on the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color, including adolescents, college students, and young adults and their families. As our nation confronts this public health crisis, The Steve Fund is sharing information and tips to help young people and their caregivers cope and remain grounded in the midst of the challenge that coronavirus presents to our entire society. We are in this together, and help is always available.”
  • UCSF – Weil Institute for Neurosciences: Emotional Well-Being and Coping During COVID-19: Including online stress reduction & mind body resources, resources dealing with grief, tips for dealing with sleep and physical safety and expressing kindness, patience and compassion.


Social Emotional Learning

Click on the links below to view resources on mental health supports for staff/faculty, students and families, communities, and more.

  • American School Counselor Association: As part of their compilation of resources for school counselors to support students through COVID-19, ASCA has shared social/emotional learning resources addressing mindfulness activities, game-based behavior interventions, and lessons and tools, through sites like BrainPOP, CASEL, Sanford Harmony, Second Step, and more.
  • CASEL Cares Initiative: In response to the COVID-19 situation, CASEL has compiled suggestions and resources to “connect the SEL community with experts and address how SEL can be most helpful in response to today’s circumstances.”


Testing Updates

If your students need internet or tools for AP classes and exams, complete this form.

 


Student Resources

Student Resources from the Fair Opportunity Project:

Fair Opportunity X is a project developed in partnership with Harvard’s LabXchange. This is a virtual course of videos, self-paced exercises and activities for the college-bound student, offered without charge.

Opportunity Scholarships – College Board: “A Clearer Path to College for All Students. Applying to college is a complicated process, so we’ve created a program that guides you through it. This scholarship program is open to all students and it doesn’t require an essay, application, or minimum GPA. Instead, it rewards your effort and initiative. Complete key steps along your path to college for a chance to earn scholarships. Learn more here.”

TheBestSchools.org: TheBestSchools.org offers a $1,000 scholarship to online student applicants biannually. Through this scholarship, they hope to alleviate some of the stress that future college students may be feeling about their future ability to attend a college or university. Learn more and access the scholarship application here.


Tech Tools and Distance Learning

Technology Access & Service Deals

Summer Learning and Virtual Platforms, Tools, & Resources