Coronavirus: Resources, Support and Updates



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Your union is working to protect you and keep you informed.

Missouri NEA’s top priority is the health and safety of our members, staff and students we serve. The issues surrounding COVID-19 have changed and challenged our lives both personally and professionally, leaving the next several months posing ongoing uncertainty and fear with our members and those they hold dear. As the pandemic affects you, we are here to support you, and provide ongoing communication and resources as we all work through this crisis. If you have specific questions or need general information, send your questions to coronavirus@mnea.org. 


Missouri NEA is coordinating bipartisan action at the state level to protect members, their families and students:

  • Ensuring students, teachers and school personnel can count on their schools to receive full funding during extended closures
  • Minimizing disruption for all staff by continuing pay and benefits
  • Calling for employees of Missouri’s colleges and universities to continue to receive pay and benefits
  • Waiving testing requirements in Missouri (Due in part to our efforts, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced this decision last night.)
  • Adjusting student-teacher requirements to allow them to complete their programs
  • Working to pass legislation to allow maximum flexibility for local districts and colleges to address this crisis

NEA is protecting our members, students and families at the national level:

  • Fighting successfully for passage of The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, securing free COVID-19 testing, paid emergency sick leave, and food security initiatives both in and outside of schools
  • Communicating with Congress and the U.S. Department of Education to secure greater flexibility for local districts to support students and educators
  • Providing emergency food assistance to children and families
  • Pushing for federal recovery funds to support local educators, families and students




The Latest

MNEA COVID-19 Updates:
A summary of Federal and Missouri Guidance on COVID-19 relief, response and next steps.

NEA FAQs and Updates:
Keeping members apprised of the actions NEA is taking to help with the federal relief act and response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 Resources and Updates:
Information from DESE and other miscellaneous sources.


 



Webinars and Online Training

Live Webinars



MNEA and NEA presents a series of live sessions on teaching remotely. These one-hour sessions will be recorded and available to members who are unable to join the live presentation.
 

How to make that difficult parent phone call
Mon., Oct. 26, 7-8 p.m. CT

Social Emotional Learning in a Virtual Space
Mon., Nov. 9, 6-7 p.m. CT

Assessments: Formative and Summative from a Distance
Mon., Dec. 7, 6-7 p.m. CT


Especially for ESP
EPA:
A Clean Start: Controlling viruses and bacteria in schools with healthy cleaning practices (FAQ) (7/31)

Recordings

Members Only
Log in MNEA Members Only and click on Online Training under Workshops & Resources to access the following recordings: 


Google Tools for student engagement

Student engagement and building relationships among and with students are more important now than ever, for both online and in-person teaching. Join this session to learn how to use Google tools to build relationships and engage students.

Safely Returning to In-Person Instruction: Rights and Considerations for Educators
In this webinar, we will discuss recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health experts; educator rights and accommodations; and what educators and MNEA local affiliates can do to ensure safe, healthy schools and campuses.
           

Open to all educators and education support professionals
More live and recorded online trainings can be found at Workshops & Resources, Online Training.  

Social Media, Free Speech, and Technology
Watch Now >
The expansion of social media provides a variety of platforms where education employees can share their opinions. Unfortunately, the First Amendment rights of education employees haven't always kept up. Join this training to learn ways to use social media and district technology safely, and gain an understanding of the speech rights of public education employees. Presenter: Missouri NEA Associate General Counsel Vincenzo Iuppa
 
   
What About You? Strategies for Supporting Educator Resilience and Trauma-Informed Self-Care
Watch Now > 
Learn strategies for supporting educator resilience and trauma-informed self-care with this webinar from NEA, the Center on Great Teachers & Leaders at the American Institute for Research, and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Teachers and principals across the country are surprising students, parents and their communities with innovative practices and thoughtful solutions to the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. In the face of this collective trauma, educators are standing up to the disruptions and navigating this new terrain. They are taking care of themselves and their families while maintaining connections with students and colleagues.            
Rights of Certificated Educators
(Passcode: MNEA4me2@) | Watch Now >

This presentation gives participants the opportunity to share their knowledge of legal rights, and to expand that knowledge. Topics covered include tenure rights, mandatory reporting duties, and ways to protect your employment. If you are an experienced educator, come share your knowledge and experiences with the group. Presenter: Missouri NEA Associate General Counsel Vincenzo Iuppa
Screencasting: Using Loom, Screencastify, Quick Time, Screencast-o-matic, Google Meet 
Slide Deck | Watch Now >
Explore the many options to screen record a lesson or a how-to video while you are narrating. Learn screencasting techniques and best practices in this session. Compare features, learn how to use several screencasting programs, and make a video with your webcam image or without.
 
Using Videos in Your Lesson
Slide Deck | Watch Now >
Videos are a great way to connect with your students. Learn how to create and share videos using QuickTime. Explore ways to link videos that other people have created in your online space.
Differentiating & Team Teaching: Distance Learning Edition
Slide Deck | Watch Now >
Tools like Seesaw, Flipgrid and Google Classroom are beloved by educators across the nation, and can be utilized to serve our students with direct, targeted assignments via enrollment in multiple classes or with the use of co-teachers. Entire grade levels may benefit from a shared space, and special area teachers and support staff can be linked to their students more easily. Get some strategies for possibilities of maintaining multiple groups of students in classes, and including co-teachers - or getting yourself included in pre-existing ones.
Rights of Education Support Professionals
Watch Now >
Topics covered include tenure rights, mandatory reporting duties, and ways to protect your employment, and other topics brought up by participants. Learn the legal landscape of your chosen profession. Presenter: Missouri NEA Associate General Counsel Vincenzo Iuppa
Planning for a Week of Distance Learning
Slide Deck | Watch Now >
Explore a few examples of what distance education might "look" like in K-12 classrooms from EdTech experts. We will also explore the transition thinking required that best supports student engagement and (hopefully) success.
Facilitating Quality Practice
Slide Deck | Watch Now >
Quality practice looks, sounds and feels different virtually. Let's practice with tools that teachers and paraeducators can use with students. We will learn about best practices for online learning, including instructor presence, learning objectives, real world applications, clear expectations, engaging students, prompt feedback, and netiquette. We will focus on two platforms: Seesaw and Google Classroom.
SEL in a Virtual Space
Slide Deck | Watch Now >
How can you create meaningful relationships with and between middle/high school students in a safe virtual space? This webinar seeks to answer this question with *already tried it* practices. Learn about different strategies, exercises, and activities that put SEL at the forefront in an intentional and transparent way.
Touching all the Bases with Google Slides
Slide Deck | Watch Now >
Join us in exploring the inclusive and engaging world of Google Slides. Learn multiple ways to use Google Slides to differentiate, increase engagement, and encourage collaboration. These strategies can be used anywhere regardless of the learning environment (in-person or remote), grade level of student, or content being addressed. (64 min)

 
Providing Accommodations and Scaffolds
Slide Deck | Template (DO NOT CHANGE) | Watch Now >
How do you support students with IEPs, language learners, and older students with developing literacy skills in a distance learning environment? Learn strategies for providing accommodations, scaffolds, SIOP features, and elements of explicit instruction in an asynchronous setting that support all students. This webinar will begin with a survey and the webinar will be tailored based on participants needs. (58 min)

Leveling up Google Slides for Seesaw and Google Classroom
Slide Deck | Watch Now >
Google Slides is a tool that allows educators to share a variety of information with students in a dynamic fashion. In this course, participants will learn fundamental principles of information design that will empower them to make high-quality Google Slides presentations. Participants will then learn how to integrate Google Slides with Seesaw and Google Classroom for presenting information, giving directions, and creating templates for students to make their own presentations. (74 min)

IDEAs That Work
Highlighting Strategies and Practices in Providing Related Services to Enhance the Continuity of Learning During COVID-19 for Children with Disabilities

Watch Now >
This webinar was the second in the series and focused on the provision of related services through remote and distance methods to address the critical, ongoing needs of children with disabilities during the COVID-19 era. This webinar included representatives from several related service national organizations, OSEP Centers, and university partners.

IDEAs That Work
Highlighting Resources for Teachers and Parents to Enhance the Continuity of Learning During COVID-19 for Children with Disabilities

Watch Now >
This webinar was the first in the series and was designed to highlight products developed by our funded investments to support teachers, providers, and parents in their efforts to provide services and supports to children with disabilities. The link to the archived webinar can be found below, we will be providing the PowerPoint, as well as additional information from the centers that were highlighted.
Differentiation Domination with Google Forms 
Slide Deck | Watch Now >
Join us in exploring the amazing differentiation capabilities of Google Forms. This strategy can be used anywhere regardless of the learning environment (in-person or remote), grade level of student, or content being addressed. Picture a choose your own adventure based on your curriculum. (71 minutes)
Building Routines for Student Success in Virtual Space
Slide Deck | Watch Now >
How can physical classroom routines (submitting work and getting help) be transformed for effective use in virtual spaces? This webinar discusses how to teach upper elementary/middle/high school students necessary skills to confidently navigate virtual learning communities and also help students transition to virtual/remote learning that seems familiar to face-to-face instruction. Some tips may also be helpful to elementary educators. (52 minutes)


ESPs and the COVID Crisis:
The Next Response

Watch Now >  
While we grapple with the current crisis, we need to think about what's next. What will the school year look like this fall? What can we do now to prepare as the crisis continues? Join us as we share strategies through legislative action, member advocacy, organizing, and professional development so we can ensure ESPs are there next year to help schools re-open. 
What About Your Students? Supporting Student Well-Being and Resilience with Trauma-Informed Care
Watch Now >              

Tools and resources shared on the webinar include:
CARES Act: Relief for Student Loan Borrowers
Watch Now >
CARES Act FAQ: Student Loan Provisions  
Educators have been burdened by student debt for far too long, and the COVID-19 pandemic risks making that debt even more burdensome. Congress enacted the CARES Act, a COVID-19 relief law, that includes big changes to federal student loans starting April 10, 2020.

These changes include a
suspension of interest and payments for borrowers who have federal student loans from April 10, 2020 to Sept. 30, 2020.             

Presenter: NEA Government Relations and Office of General Counsel


           




 Institute of Education Sciences:
COVID-19 Evidence-Based Resources
Horace Mann 
Horace Mann Wednesday Webinars
Topics include student loan forgiveness, DonorsChoose funding, retirement planning and more.


NBPTS COVID-19 Webinars:
Topics includes tips on engaging students virtually, tools, virtual lesson plans, and cyber security





Special Education Resources

NEA Supports a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for all 7 million students with disabilities (SWDs) during the COVID-19 Crisis

  • School districts must guarantee a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) by providing essential and equitable services to students with disabilities(SWDs) who have an Individual Education Program (IEP)
  • Congress, the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) must support targeted, specific, time limited flexibility to address issues related to Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA); and any flexibility should be time limited to the current pandemic and have the agreement of parent/guardian
  • The NEA has always believed the multidisciplinary school based IEP team along with the parent/guardian are in the best position to make all social, emotional and academic development decisions for SWDs. They are also the decision makers who should lead the conversations, upon the resumption of normal operations, on the need for any possible compensatory services and/or extended school year services
     
NEA: Policy Principles related to IDEA and COVID-19
NEA: All Hands on Deck--Guidance Regarding Reopening School Buildings
NEA: Checklist for Safely and Equitably Reopening Schools and Campus Buildings--Three Key Requirements for the Safe Return to In-Person Learning
NASN: COVID-19 Resources Form 

IDEAs That Work
Highlighting Strategies and Practices in Providing Related Services to Enhance the Continuity of Learning During COVID-19 for Children with Disabilities
Watch Now >

This webinar was the second in the series and focused on the provision of related services through remote and distance methods to address the critical, ongoing needs of children with disabilities during the COVID-19 era. This webinar included representatives from several related service national organizations, OSEP Centers, and university partners.

IDEAs That Work
Highlighting Resources for Teachers and Parents to Enhance the Continuity of Learning During COVID-19 for Children with Disabilities
Watch Now >

This webinar was the first in the series and was designed to highlight products developed by our funded investments to support teachers, providers, and parents in their efforts to provide services and supports to children with disabilities. The link to the archived webinar can be found below, we will be providing the PowerPoint, as well as additional information from the centers that were highlighted.

DESE: Office of Special Education Compliance COVID-19 Related School Reopening and Distance Learning Questions and Answer Guide (7/30)

USDOE:
Q & A for providing services to special needs students during COVD-19 School Closures (4/1)


DESE: IEP Implementation Plan Form  (4/1)

 The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education advises school districts to document services to special education students so that they can demonstrate a good faith effort to provide services during the school shut down. To that end, DESE developed a form to ease the documentation and Missouri NEA made it fillable for teachers to document services to students with an IEP or 504 plan. Please send feedback on the form to Ann.Jarrett@mnea.org.

           
 SPED Apps from Edutopia Edutopia: Apps for students with special needs help bridge the divide during school closures 





Stay-At-Home Resources for Virtual Classrooms

  HOW TO TEACH ONLINE
 
FREE course offered by the Professional Learning board: How to teach online for the classroom teacher. This course is a five-hour online PD self-study course designed for teachers who are transitioning to virtual classrooms. Teachers gain new skills and learn about cutting-edge tools and resources for distance learning.

As educators we know that technology is a means, and now a must, to enhance student learning. Moving classroom learning online can be an uncomfortable thought for teachers-especially those who have never taught, or perhaps not even ever taken an online class.

In this course, teachers go through the process of preparing to teach online while also being introduced to tools and resources that can be useful when teaching online.Classroom teachers can quickly transition to becoming effective online teachers.

Register Now >
 COVID-19 Grants COVID-19 RESPONSE GRANTS
 
In response to educators’ immediate and emerging needs, the NEA Foundation is offering three new grant opportunities to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on teaching and learning.

Find our more at
https://bit.ly/2zqKgS9
 Pinterest

NEW MNEA PINTEREST BOARDS

Missouri NEA Pinterest is growing with new ideas on keeping the learning going as Missourians shelter in place in efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Find our new boards at www.pinterest.com/missourinea. These are our new boards:

Tips for Teaching Online
Pre K-12 Learning in Place
Pre-K & Kindergarten Learning in Place
Grades 1-2 Learning in Place
Grades 3-5 Learning in Place
Grades 6-8 Learning in Place
Grades 9-12 Learning in Place
Video Learning at Home

If you have found resources you recommend, please send them to MNEA Communications Director Debra Beckman at debra.beckman@mnea.org.   



Education Policy and Practice 
NEA EPP: Digital Learning & COVID-19 

 
Online Learning Resources 
NEAToday: Resources for Online Learning During School Closures




Messages from MNEA Pres. Phil Murray

 

MNEA Pres. Phil Murray addresses members (3/26)
Watch Now >



MNEA Pres. Phil Murray talks with KCTV5 about reaching, teaching and feeding students as Missouri shelters-in-place during COVID-19 pandemic (4/23)
Watch Now >

 



Self-Care Support for Educators

 
What About You? Strategies for Supporting Educator Resilience and Trauma-Informed Self-Care 
  
Learn strategies for supporting educator resilience and trauma-informed self-care with this webinar from NEA, the Center on Great Teachers & Leaders at the American Institute for Research, and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Thursday, April 23  
12:30-2 p.m. CDT 
Watch Now >
Facebook Group
NEA Educators Navigating COVID-19 Together 


This group offers a places for educators to get strategies for dealing with the stressors of the COVID-19 changes to work, home and school life. Post funny memes, get ideas to decompress and read stories from your peers. 

Join Group >
Self-Care Survey Self-Care Survey  

            

Thank you to all who completed the survey. 

Read the results of the survey in the Something Better article "Taking care of you," highlighting trends and pictures shared by members. 

Read Now >




Members in Action 


Share your stories with MNEA
 
Even though we are not at school supporting Missouri students, members continue to help every day during this crisis. MNEA wants to share your stories as we struggle through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We are hearing about members who are continuing to care for their students by 

•  volunteering at school district Grab & Go meal distribution centers and food drives 
•  providing child care for essential medical staff 
•  shopping for the elderly so they don’t have to leave the safety of their homes 

Your stories help show that educators don’t stop caring. Please send your stories with pictures to MNEA at 
coronavirus@mnea.org,  so we can share them. You can post to social media, making sure you tag @MissouriNEA and use the hashtags #MNEAheroes and #MNEAprotects.


MO TOYs 

A message from the 
Missouri Teachers of the Year 
School Buildings May Be Closed But Our Hearts are Open
Carmen Hill

NEAToday: NEA St. Louis School Nurse Checks in on 600 Students  
West Plains Bus Meal Delivery

FB: West Plains School Bus Grab & Go Meals 


NPR: School from home has extra challenges for kids with special needs (4/1) 
features Special District NEA Pres. Monica Jefferson 


FB: 
Independence School District parade 
 SDNEA Pearline

FB: Special District NEA meal delivery




Practice Prevention and Links to the Experts

     
Schools and Coronavirus: What You Should Know
 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
     
Nation Association of School Nurses  World Health Organization United States Department of Labor - OSHA 




MNEA Cancellations

 


MNEA offices will be open to STAFF ONLY after 5 p.m. March 20, 2020.

All MNEA conferences, meetings, trainings and events will be held virtually unless otherwise noted.


Stay tuned for more information.




More Information

From DESE From PSRS-PEERS 
 




Stay-At-Home Member Benefits

Office Depot Max 

Office Depot & OfficeMax

  • Up to 75 percent off items purchased online or in store
  • Discount on printing and copying services
  • Free next day shipping on orders over $50
  • Family members are also eligible to participate
More information >

My Deals
Download the MyDeals app
Use 9461-Your NEA ID number to log in.
Apple | Android

Grocery, Food & Online Delivery
*Grub Hub
*Fresh Direct
*Papa Johns

Health & Wellness
*Vitamin World
*1-800-Pet Meds
*Weight Watchers

Home Cleaning & Auto Care
*Pep Boys
*Goodyear
*Merry Maids 
 
Home & Office
*Dell
*CVS Pharmacy
*123 Ink Jet

Entertainment & Education
*Roku
*Game Fly
*Highlights for Children
*ABC Mouse

Pet Food
*Chewy.com
 
My Deals
 Six Flags

Six Flags Discounts
For when we are not quarantined anymore!
Valid usage dates 3/18/2020 – 1/1/2021

  • One-Day Admission Ticket - $43.99 + tax
  • 2020 Season Passes (includes parking pass)
    • Individual - $49.99 + tax
    • Family Pack (4 passes) - $199.96 + tax
Purchase Tickets Now >
Use the following login credentials:
Name: MNEA
Password: SixFlags8




HOPE Fund

Contribution Form | Request for Assistance

Through its Humanitarian Outreach Project for Education Fund, Missouri NEA assists members, students and schools.

The HOPE Fund is designed to provide relief to victims of natural disasters; relief to the poor, distressed or underprivileged; and research and implementation of projects that address critical needs in education.

The HOPE fund also provides financial assistance for educational-related supplies to schools that have been damaged or destroyed by fire or natural disaster.

Requests for assistance should be made by a current Missouri NEA member and directed to MNEA President by completing the application form.

The HOPE Fund accepts charitable contributions. You may designate your contribution for a special cause or in honor/memory of a loved one. Missouri NEA will send a notice of the contribution to the recipient(s) indicated on the contribution form. You can either choose to contribute online with a credit card or download a mail-in form (pdf). Contributions are tax deductible. 






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Get the latest information at www.mnea.org/coronavirus.


Share your story

Even though we are not at school supporting Missouri students, members continue to help every day during this crisis. MNEA wants to share your stories as we struggle through the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are hearing about members who are continuing to care for their students by

  • volunteering at school district Grab & Go meal distribution centers and food drives
  • providing child care for essential medical staff
  • shopping for the elderly so they don’t have to leave the safety of their homes

Your stories help show that educators don’t stop caring. Please send your stories with pictures to MNEA at coronavirus@mnea.org, so we can share them. You can post to social media, making sure you tag @MissouriNEA and use the hashtags  #MNEAheroes and  #MNEAprotects.