Helping Students Find Routine and Stability This School Year

I’ve spent the past few months speaking to teachers, parents, pediatricians, psychologists, principals, heads of school, and, most importantly, students around back to school this year. In my Green Ivy Educational Consulting office, we’ve been working with students and also designing the Life Navigator Middle School Program, which we just introduced to nearly 200 teachers in the past few weeks.

My consistent approach – what works for one family might not work for another, and what works for one community might not work in another – holds true here.

My latest in The Washington Post offers some ways to bring routine and stability to what will likely be the most unusual school year in history:

– Assess available options

– Look at your own attitude and approach

– Create daily/weekly organizational opportunities

– Set up a separate space for school

– Identify support and collaborate to find solutions

– Prioritize social and emotional support

– Explore alternative activities

Now, everyone might not have a separate space for school or be able to explore alternative activities in the same way. Like everything, take what works for your family and community and leave the rest.

I’ve been inundated with requests for back to school webinars for parents from schools, nonprofits and corporations. If your group is interested in scheduling, please feel free to contact my office.

Please stay safe, healthy, and supported as we navigate this back to school time.

Warm regards,


PS. I have two webinars coming up:

August 18, 2020 at noon PST/3 pm EST – Setting Students Up for Success in a School Year of Uncertainty (ALMOST FULL) –  registration

August 25, 2020 at noon PST/ 3 pm EST – Juggling Remote, Hybrid and In-Person Schooling: Strategies for Organizational Success – registration

Other articles of interest:

HUMOR: East Side High School’s Student Dress Code for Face Masks (McSweeney’s)

Will kids follow the new pandemic rules at school? (Atlantic)

Why the worst job in education right now is the superintendent’s (EdWeek)

Don’t make college kids the coronavirus police (NYTimes Opinion)

Five minute coronavirus stress resets (NYTimes)

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