Heroes on the frontlines of COVID-19 Meet our heroes
Jose DeJesus, registered nurse, Health Professionals and Allied Employees (New Jersey)
Jill Cohenour, Montana Federation of Public Employees
Yolanda Fisher, food service manager, Alliance/AFT (Dallas)
Kim Pendry, Title I math teacher and member of AFT-McDowell County (West Virginia)
Michael Shunney, West Warwick Teachers’ Alliance (Rhode Island)
Heroes on the frontlines of COVID-19
American Federation of Teachers
The AFT’s resources cover everything from face masks to free food for students. It also includes webinars about how to convert classes to remote learning, and opportunities to influence coronavirus policy in Congress.
Share My Lesson
The AFT’s Share My Lesson helps educators and parents access free resources, lesson plans and ideas on distance learning for all grades and content areas. It also has suggestions for reaching students with disabilities and English language learners, and for dealing with stress and mental health issues during this time.
Solidarity Academy webinars give higher education members information and provide a forum for discussion on issues affecting higher ed employees during the coronavirus pandemic. These include how to quickly convert classes to high-quality remote learning, how the coronavirus is affecting adjunct and contingent faculty, and how the pandemic is affecting international students.
Forgive My Student Debt
Forgive My Student Debt provides up-to-date information to manage student loan debt during the pandemic, including advice from the AFT and our partners about new federal provisions affecting federal student loans. AFT members can also sign up with Summer, the AFT’s trusted partner for student loan management.
First Book is a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that all children in need have their own books. While schools are closed, it has focused on reducing inequities in learning opportunities by distributing 8 million books to children who don’t have reliable access to online learning.
Wide Open School
Wide Open School is a free collection of online learning experiences and activities for kids, curated by the editors at Common Sense and organized by grade band and subject. Everything on Wide Open School centers on the schedule, which is programmed each “school” day for each grade band.
It’s important to create bonds to support both students and their families throughout the pandemic, especially for students who are learning English. Colorín Colorado is co-produced by the PBS station WETA and the AFT, and it serves educators and families of English language learners in grades preK–12.
Healthcare workers across the country face unprecedented challenges as they deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Project Parachute is a network of licensed therapists, in cooperation with Eleos Health, that is matching frontline healthcare professionals with licensed therapists to provide pro bono therapy.
Turnaround for Children
Even at a distance during the pandemic, we need to maintain connections to our family, friends, teachers and peers. This curated list has resources for any adult who has a trusting, supportive relationship with a child—and for young people themselves.
American Psychological Association
The American Psychological Association’s website is continually updated for psychologists, healthcare workers and the public. Resources include telehealth policies in all 50 states;; ways to manage COVID-19 concerns for people with obsessive-compulsive disorder; and more.
The National PTA’s priority during this crisis is to help keep people safe and healthy while meeting the educational, social and emotional needs of all students, educators and families. It has compiled resources to support families and teachers who are navigating working, teaching and learning at home.
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by Randi Weingarten
Telling our story
News stories all across the media show the AFT’s deep involvement in the public discourse on the coronavirus, but we also have our own news and personal stories from AFT members on www.VoicesFromTheFrontline.org.