A Brighter 2021: Ending the School Year Strong, featuring Ana Homayoun

With just a few weeks remaining of the school year, helping students finish the school year strong while also laying the groundwork for how to thrive this spring and summer is a top concern for local parents and caregivers. To reach a wide audience with strategies that could help, the Safe Community Coalition hosted their annual

 spring speaker virtually in a webinar presented by international author and educator Ana Homayoun entitled “A Brighter 2021: Ending the School Year Strong” hosted by the Safe Community Coalition on Tuesday, April 13.

“As we near the end of the school year, the level of grief and exhaustion from the past year is coming out more and more,” said Homayoun. “We’ve been running a marathon since last March and now that we’re nearing the finish line, the wheels come off and there’s a sense of exhaustion.”

As an author, educator and school strategist, Homayoun noted the challenges she’s seeing in the remote learning environment, including managing distractions and staying focused; planning out time to complete work; keeping track of where individual teachers assign work and would like the work to be submitted (and when the work is due); social-emotional disconnect from classmates; and navigating various learning platforms by class with different teachers using different portals with non-uniform expectations.

As kids transition from online to a hybrid or in-person learning environment, another set of challenges emerge. To help, Homayoun recommends having a system for organizing notes, homework, and quizzes that can be used in both remote and in-person models; identifying strategies for how to check school portals for upcoming assignments and missing work daily; using paper planners to visualize work blocks and due dates; and ensuring kids know how to communicate effectively with teachers.

Here are the six recommendations Homayoun offered to finish the year strong academically, socially, emotionally and physically:

Videos include:

    1. Deescalating Conflict
    2. Effective Communication
    3. How to Talk to Your Parents
    4. Brain Breaks During Distance Learning
    5. Self-Care and Calming Techniques
    6. How Are You?
    7. Coping With the Holidays
    8. Creating Coping Capacity
    9. Connecting Through Play
    10. Anxiety in School
    11. Your Daily Prescription to Cope with Covid
    12. Launching Your Kid to College
    13. Building Resilience
    14. Supporting Your Teen through Covid-19

These short videos are produced by the psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers of the SCC’s Mental Health Committee and supported by critical funding from the New Dominion Women’s Club. Topics selected reflect what they are seeing both in their private practices and on the homefront.

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Setting the Tone: Habits for a Smooth Virtual Learning Experience

Having had to cancel all of our spring events and not knowing what this year will bring in terms of in-person opportunities, the SCC has pivoted to support our community virtually and addressing current wellness needs. This year’s theme, Managing the Moments, began with educational consultant and best-selling author Ana Homayoun, originally slated as the featured speaker at the group’s annual speaker event last spring, presenting a free webinar entitled “Setting the Tone: Habits for a Smooth Virtual Learning Experience.”  READ MORE…

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