Universe Tree
Wherever you are in the world, we hope you and your students are doing well. With the disruptions from and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever to make mental health a priority, both yours and your students.
We can all use some support in coping with uncertainty, helping children calm down, and shifting our focus from stress to practicing the power of positivity. This month’s book excerpts focus on stress management and mindfulness. Click here to read excerpts.

You can also browse a list of mental health resources on our website at freespirit.com/health .
Below we’re shining the spotlight on our new release, Me and You and the Universe , by Brazilian author-illustrator Bernardo Marçolla. Bernardo reminds readers of the importance of connecting with ourselves, Earth’s creatures, and the planet.
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New Release Spotlight
In Me and You and the Universe, Brazilian author-illustrator Bernardo Marçolla sparks the imaginations of children with a journey from the tiniest form of life to the planet Earth and its creatures to the infinite universe, showing that we are all one. The pairing of STEM with social and emotional learning in the book helps promote self-awareness, empathy for others, and a profound appreciation and respect for the earth.

Tips & Tools from the Free Spirit Blog
Blogger Barbara Gruener reflects on the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston and shares ways you can add mindfulness into your daily routine. Read now.
Originally written to address boredom in the summertime, this applies to being quarantined at home too. Blogger Amanda C. Symmes, LICSW, challenges you to invite boredom in.   Read now.
Educational grants available for your school or community:

The US Department of Education invites proposals to develop, improve, or expand high-quality and sustainable evidence-based leadership development programs that increase the capacity of early intervention and special education leaders at state, regional, or local levels to improve systems serving children with disabilities and their families.

Eligibility: Public, Other (including homeschool, 501(c)(3) organizations)
Prize: Grants up to $200,000 are awarded for the first year, with potential for five years of funding.
Application Deadline: April 13, 2020
The Learning Disabilities Foundation of America strives to meet the needs of students with learning disabilities and support creative and innovative solutions to help them achieve academic success. Funding is intended for scientific, literary, and educational services, as well as bringing public awareness to learning disabilities. Proposed projects may include innovative research into the causes, the prevention, or the alleviation of learning disabilities; distinctive public awareness programs to advance public understanding of the needs of person with learning disabilities; or innovative programs to advance achievement of persons with learning disabilities, increase the support skills of their families, support academic and professional advisors, and enhance the understanding of learning disabilities by their colleagues and employer.
Eligibility: Public, Other (including homeschool, 501(c)(3) organizations)
Prize: Awards vary.
Application Deadline: April 15, 2020
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