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What Can Grandparents Do To Help Their Grandchildren and Vice-Versa?

Commentary by: Margie Eulner Ott, Operations Chief of CER

For the past several years, I’ve been a board member of a local aging in place village.  We organize volunteer services for our elderly neighbors so they can safely remain in their homes as they age.  The other evening we were meeting (via Zoom) about what we could do to continue to support our neighbors in the era of social distancing, and I mentioned the resources that we at CER were pulling together to support in-home learning for all of the students out of school.  One of the members got very excited: because she can’t go help her children care for her grandchildren, she saw our resource list as a great way to help from afar.  Many of the resources can also help seniors occupy their time while isolated. A FaceTime, Skype or Zoom conference call with a grandparent on a daily basis can be a win-win for parents juggling work at home, teaching at home, and worrying about a parent alone.  And finally, if families want to use this time to help their elderly neighbors, visit the Village to Village Network to see if there is an aging in place village in your town looking for help (social distance protocols in place, of course).

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The experts say that beyond the obvious, stress is caused by a lack of predictability and the unknown. The more you can create predictability the better off your kids are. But what about adults, too? Kids? There’s no question that it’s hard to stay focussed when there’s not a rhythm or a plan. For all of us!

To help build predictably around learning, starting today CER is putting its team, time and resources at your disposal to help you navigate and turn that unpredictability on its head.

Ed-Spresso was once the blog that offered “Your daily addiction for breaking news, commentary and debate on real education reform.”

Today, in support of our communities of parents, learners, educators and anyone who wants to make learning continuous during this pandemic, CER is retooling Edspresso, its education blog site, for you to be a place to share and learn about all that is going on and possible outlets to help in the learning happening in your home.

And the more we can all do our part to feel and be energized at home, the better we’ll all be. The great news is there’s never before been such an incredible outpouring of generosity and support for taking on the very new and different task of educating nearly all U.S. students at home. Parents, teachers and administrators are front and center in our minds.  But the sheer volume of available innovative, remote and virtual learning tools is extraordinary.  If you’re on Twitter or Facebook you’ve seen it. Many however don’t have the time or expertise to navigate the sea of options.  So we’ll do our best to help to curate and identify all that is available in one place, so others don’t have to.

Take, for example, the latest of blogs by education expert Mike Petrilli whose well-written,

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