WE Teachers Pandemic Module

WE Teachers WE Teachers is a free program for teachers, providing resources and training to support them in addressing the critical social issues their students are facing today. It ensures that teachers have access to the educational tools and training they need to support themselves and their students for future success. WE Schools WE Schools is an innovative series of experiential service-learning programs that supports educators and youth to empower them with the skills and knowledge to create positive change in themselves and in the world. WE Schools operates in over 18,000 schools and is proven to increase academic engage- ment, civic engagement and college and workplace readiness. WE Charity WE is a movement that empowers people to change the world through a charitable foundation and a social enterprise. The WE Schools program is our way of supporting educators who share our belief in the power of service-learning. Participating teachers will foster broader academic discussions via the interactive nature of service-learning and, through our resources, enable students to learn about local, national and global issues and become agents of change. We want a world where all young people feel empowered to pursue their dreams and reach their full potential. Currently partnered with 18,000 schools and groups, we are engaging a new generation of service leaders and providing resources for a growing network of educators. The free and comprehensive library of WE Schools lesson plans are designed to be adapted to meet the needs of any partner school, regardless of students’ grades, socioeconomic backgrounds or learning challenges. Skills development through the WE Schools program also increases academic engagement and improves college and workplace readiness. This unique program supports educators and students with the resources and strategies to achieve success. Learn more at WE.org.

Contents

Section 1: Understanding the Issue

Overview ............................................................................................................................................................... 5 Definitions and Context...................................................................................................................................... 6 Understanding the Issue .................................................................................................................................... 6 Understanding the Present ................................................................................................................................ 7

Section 2: Steps Forward

Looking Forward ................................................................................................................................................. 13 Importance of Trauma-informed Approaches................................................................................................ 13 Creating a Pandemic-informed Community .................................................................................................. 14 Additional Tips for Helping Youth Feel Supported ........................................................................................ 14 Materials and Resources ................................................................................................................................... 15

Section 3: Learning Activities

Activity 1: Video Analysis of a Credible Source............................................................................................... 17 Activity 2: Taking Action..................................................................................................................................... 17 Activity 3: Myth Busters ..................................................................................................................................... 17

Section 4: Activities for the Whole YOU

Mind ..................................................................................................................................................................... 19 Body ..................................................................................................................................................................... 21 Soul ..................................................................................................................................................................... 23

Section 5: Additonal Resources and Sources

Relevant Reads................................................................................................................................................... 27 WE Virtual Learning Opportunities ................................................................................................................. 28 Sources ............................................................................................................................................................... 29

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