April 2020
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"Coping with COVID-19 as a Family" VLOG
Be sure to check out our new VLOG !

April 9, 2020 - The PIEC Team at the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work’s Institute for Innovation and Implementation wanted to reach out with a message of support during this unprecedented time. 

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April 16, 2020 - Our team returned with our second video in our Coping with COVID-19 as a Family series - This one is about mindful self regulation. Click the link below to watch and for some additional resources.

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Supporting During COVID-19
Social-Emotional Learning: Not Just for Kids

Sponsored by World101 and Blue Apple I'll never forget the day when a red rubber bracelet was my most important accessory. After beginning our regular morning routine, I was confronted by an angry colleague in my classroom. We started to engage...

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Stress and Resilience: How Toxic Stress Affects Us, and...

When the stress in your life just doesn't let up, and it feels like you have no support to get through the day-let alone do everything you need to do to be the best parent you can be-it can seem like there's nothing that can make it better.

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Managing Now for a BETTER Tomorrow

The Institute for Innovation and Implementation recognizes this is a challenging time for all of us and most especially for the children, youth, young adults, and families we serve.

To support you and your organization in developing your response to COVID-19, we are convening an ongoing series of conversations.

Please join us for one of the following conversations on the challenges of COVID-19 designed just for those providing support and interventions to youth across the nation. Hear about specific experiences from the field and brainstorm solutions and innovations for a brighter tomorrow.

Please visit Conversations & Resources on COVID-19 and sign up for our new dedicated email list.  

Responding to Disasters and Threats to Service Continuity

During a disaster the important tasks are managing the workload; assessing and responding to client needs; supporting staff; managing volunteers; and coordinating, communicating, and assessing information systems. In this section find resources...

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Substance Use Disorder Flexibilities and Guidance

Rural Health Care and Medicaid Telehealth Flexibilities, and Guidance Regarding Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act via Telehealth

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Due to the changes in school and childcare program operations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, training and coaching activities have been suspended and we are in the process of transitioning to deliver online training.

If you are a Maryland State Approved Pyramid Model Trainer , be on the look out for an email with details about an upcoming webinar put on by the University of Maryland with information on how to transition your Pyramid Model Training to an online platform.

**Help us tell our state story! Register for the state Outcomes Monitoring System (OMS) and start entering your training and coaching data today.

The self-assessments tool “State Leadership Team Benchmarks of Quality” has been conducted to assess progress and plan future action. It consist of 5 critical elements and subcategories that are crucial in assessing and exploring potential barriers in the implementation of Evidence Based Practices.

The State Leadership Team agreed that the overarching priority for collective work throughout the year was to focus on: Starting up implementation and then demonstration sites throughout the state and discussed the idea of regional hubs for this. This aligns with the work that MSDE funded SSIP funds have supported in Cecil, Howard, Frederick and Montgomery Counties as well as the MSDE funded Pyramid Model Master Cadre work. 
Please Don't Be Guilted Into Being More Productive During The Coronavirus:
Let's be more gentle with ourselves during this time.
No, You Don't Have To Be Extra Productive During The...

If you have been scrolling through the bad and worse news about the coronavirus pandemic on Twitter, you may have seen the viral tweets about how famous artists innovated during quarantines, like when Shakespeare wrote "King Lear" while theaters...

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Child Trends:
Ways to Promote Children's Resilience to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Protective Factors Can Buffer Children From Harm

Emotional and behavioral changes in children are to be expected during a pandemic, as everyone adjusts to a changes in daily routines. Some children may show signs of emotional distress (e.g., clinginess, anxiety, sadness, anger). But with strong ...

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Maryland Early Childhood Leadership Program

The Maryland Early Childhood Leadership Program (MECLP), a program of the Sherman Center for Early Learning in Urban Communities at UMBC, is a workforce initiative designed to accelerate cross-sector leadership in early childhood. MECLP believes...

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Practicing Self Care In The Time of Coronavirus - How To ...

As the coronavirus outbreak continues its relentless spread, the impact of the pandemic is being felt across the globe.

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Statewide Training Calendar | Maryland Family Network

Statewide Training Clearinghouse Calendar

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Just for Educators :
A Trauma-Informed Approach to Teaching Through Coronavirus

Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators-teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners-who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use our materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform ...

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I am an educator

Schools are closed. Minds are wide open.

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Just for Parents :
Sesame Street: A Moment to Yourself | Parent PSA

To all the parents out there: you are doing an amazing job! But remember to take a moment for yourself, to breath, stretch, whatever you need to keep being y...

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Apps to Help with Mental Health

Common Sense Media editors help you choose Apps to Help with Mental Health. Though not a replacement for professional help, these apps might help with common mental health issues.

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Parenting During Coronavirus: You Are Enough | Parenting ...

I've never parented during a pandemic before. The best thing we can do right now is remind ourselves that for our kids, we are enough.

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Just for Kids :
How to Wash Your Hands-and Other Gentle Lessons from TV...

In stressful times, calming messages are the best medicine for preschoolers. Advice from Common Sense Media editors.

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Free Printable 30-Day LEGO Challenge - Instant Download

If you live with LEGO fans, issue them a 30-Day LEGO Challenge and let their imaginations run wild!

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The 25 Best Podcasts for Kids

Entertaining, informative, and kid-friendly podcasts for bedtime, road trips, and more. Best part? They're screen-free. Advice from Common Sense Media editors.

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Educational Apps That Don't Need Wi-Fi or Data

Common Sense Media editors help you choose Educational Apps That Don't Need Wi-Fi or Data. No need for internet to use these great learning apps.

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Wednesday Watch Parties "Shorts," Lunch. Learn. Listen....

During WWP "Shorts," the Lunch, Learn, and Listen edition, encourage parents and families to gather the little ones to learn a short activity then listen to a short story together during lunch at 12:30 p.m.! #MDFamiliesEngage #InThisTogether...

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Thrive With Your Family Web Series

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COVID-19 Stress: How Uncertainty Affects Our Brains

Enjoy a little humor with Dr. Becky Bailey, the originator of Conscious Discipline, and then learn about how your brain is responding to the unique stressors of COVID-19 by shifting from a predictability model to a fluid change model. Understand...

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