Coronavirus & Xenophobia
What we can’t control or understand frightens us. Anxiety and suspicion rose as the Coronavirus pandemic spread. Crises cause us to evaluate our humanity and our vulnerabilities. The resources offered here are for teachers, parents and students to support ourselves and each other during this time.
Please also visit School Mental Health for mental health resources and visit family resources.
- I’m an educator. How I support my colleagues and students during COVID-19?
Healing from COVID - Crises can bring out the best and the worst in humanity. This powerpoint delves into how communities are uniting or dividing in respose to the COVID pandemic and offers recommendations for supporting students through grief, loss and uncertainty.
Science of Coronavirus
- CDC CoronaVirus 19 – information from the CDC.
- Novel Coronavirus Information Center – Health and medical research on the novel coronavirus and COVID-19
- Plagues and Pandemics in the Ancient and Medieval World- This 11-minute video discusses the most prominent plagues that the human race has overcome and the effects they had on the populations.
- NPR's The American Experience has videos on America's response to other plagues - the 1918 infuenza and tuberucolsis
- The Mask Slackers of 1918 During the 1918 influenza pandemic, masks took a role in political and cultural wars.
Scapegoating and Bias
- An epidemic of hate: Anti-Asian hate crimes against coronoavirus - video and LA Times article on anti-Asian hate incidents
- How to stop the pandemics of hatred - In times like these, history's lessons can provide vital resources -- offering warnings for the present and hope for the future. We need both more than ever.
- Understanding and Responding to Conspiracy Theories - Conspiracy theories are spreading just as rapidly online as SARS-CoV-2 does offline.
- The Coronavirus Surfaces Fear, Stereotypes and Scapegoating – ADL article. Understanding and responding to scapegoating.
- When xenophobia spreads like a virus – 25-minute audio of the NPR show Code Switch on people sharing their experience with xenophobia.
- Coronavirus: Protect yourself and stand against racism – Facing History provides students with factually correct information and opportunities to reflect on the consequences of discrimination makes them less likely to participate in coronavirus-inspired racism and encourages them to challenge such othering if, or when, they encounter it.
- Coronavirus: Countering Biased Responses – Resources for countering bias and overreaction
- Coronavirus Protest Rallies Draw Extremists, Conservative Activists and Guns - The protest rallies against the stay-at-home orders have attracted members of extremist organizations, some heavily armed, and featured signs and flags referencing extremist ideologies and conspiracies.
- COVID-19 -Facing History's Teaching with Current Events
Protecting Students from White Nationalists Influence during COVID-19 - Lecture series to understand the scope of the threat, recognize the warning signs, and interrupt the indoctrination of White Nationalism.
Supports and resources for educators and social workers from the American Council for School Social Work.
Healing from COVID - Pandemics, Stigma, and Supporting Students
Supporting Grieving Students During COVID-19 - resources by the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement
Additional Educational Resources
Lessons for elementary:
- The “Present” and Living With a Disability
- Diverse Books Matter
- Experiences with Race & Racism
- The Gender Allowance Gap
Lessons for secondary
- Believe in Something: Nike, Kaepernick, and Social Change
- Pyramid of Hate (ADL)
- Stigmatization Complicates Infectious Disease Management, AMA Journal of Ethics, 2010
- Stonewall Uprising
- Coronavirus and Infectious Racism
- The Identity Iceberg (ADL)
- California’s Little-Known Genocide
- Mainstreaming Hate: The Anti-Immigrant Movement in the U.S.
- Teaching Tolerance -
- Facing History & Ourselves
- I’m a parent. How I support my children and family during COVID-19?Soy un padre ¿Cómo mantengo a mis hijos y mi familia durante COVID-19?
Sesame Street Townhall on Coronavirus - Six episodes on understanding COVID-19 and staying healthy
Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019 – Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear. CDC has created guidance to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease.
Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus – Kids worry more when they’re kept in the dark
Supporting Teenagers and Young Adults During the Coronavirus Crisis – Tips for parents with older children at home
Tips For Homeschooling During Coronavirus – 17-minute audio from NPR
Trinka y Sam luchan contra el gran virus. Un libro para niños
Plaza Sésamo ayuda a los niños a entender qué es la COVID-19 - Alimentación, higiene y hábitos saludables se promueven entre los más pequeños de casa para que de manera amena y divertida comprendan un tema complicado
- I’m a youth. This is boring. I miss my friends while sheltering-at-home.
Being physically distant doesn't mean we're not together. It's difficult, but it’s necessary and temporary.
How teenagers can protect their mental health during coronavirus (COVID-19) – 6 strategies for teens facing a new (temporary) normal
12 Teens On Being Stuck At Home Because Of The Coronavirus – "I’ve been doing what Gen Z does. I’ve adapted, I’ve overcome, and I've been on my phone too much."
Don't Be Discouraged. Here's How To Help During Coronavirus – 15-minute listen form NPR’s Life Kit.
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- Coronavirus - Pandemics and Xenophobia
What we can’t control might frightens us. Anxiety and suspicion rose as the Coronavirus pandemic spread. Crises cause us to evaluate our humanity and our vulnerabilities. The resources offered here are for teachers, parents and students to support ourselves and each other during this time.
- Let's Talk - Politics
"What truly makes our country great is its diversity. I've seen that beauty in so many ways over the years. Whether we are born here or seek refuge here, there's a place for us all. We must remember it's not my America or your America. It's our America." Michelle Obama, 2019
In times of conflict, divisive rhetoric, and information overload, students benefit from opportunities for meaningful dialogue about the issues that we are facing today. Let’s Talk has articles and lesson plans on crises and conflicts, politics and government.
- Be the Change. It's Our Planet. It's Our Future. Act Now.
- Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity/Expression (SOGIE)
- Diversity - Me, You, Us
- Now Matters Later
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