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How Are the Children? What Parents and Caregivers Need to Cope With Home-based Learning

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

How Are the Children? What Parents and Caregivers Need to Cope With Home-based Learning

Presented by Doris Corporan, Counselor, NYC; and Windy Lopez-Aflitto, Vice President of Content and Partnerships, Learning Heroes
Hosted by Barbara Pape, Policy and Communications Director, Learner Variability Project, Digital Promise

Sponsored by Digital Promise

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Some families have created schedules to help their children stay on task and continue learning at home. Some aren’t sure what to do, while others don’t have the time nor energy to provide home-based instruction as they grapple with meeting the basic needs of surviving during a pandemic and economic shutdown. What all families need, however, is an understanding of the social and emotional factors that matter during this time of the COVID-19 crisis and how to strive for the skills to keep a sense of safety and security at home.

In this edWebinar, we discuss the challenges faced by parents as the nation moves to home-based schooling. We explore the importance of developing and nurturing social and emotional learning at home in order to create a sense of safety and security as children and adults make dramatic changes to everyday living. Free resources are made available throughout this edWebinar to help students, parents/caregivers, and educators keep the learning journey moving forward to the best of everyone’s abilities.

During this edWebinar, we:

  • Explore ways teachers and parents/caregivers can bring social and emotional learning home.
  • Provide an understanding of the research behind social and emotional learning and why it’s even more important now to develop these skills, like emotional regulation and relationship building.
  • Showcase some of the free resources available for families and teachers to use to encourage and support home-based learning.

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to preK through high school teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders. 


Doris CorporanAbout the Presenters

Doris Corporan is a school counselor and coordinator of the college advisory program at a large high
school in New York City, as well as a mother of two children, ages seven and nine. In her role, she is responsible for helping students and their families reduce social and emotional barriers in order to allow
them to succeed academically and in their post-secondary plans. Doris is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and has been working with children and families since 2003. Previously, Doris worked for several years as a Counseling Specialist with the Upward Bound program at Vaughn College, a federally funded program whose aim is to reduce social-emotional, academic, and financial barriers for first-generation high school students in their pursuit of higher education. Doris also taught college-level courses in Psychology and Sociology at Vaughn College. In 2008, Doris began working as a Bilingual School Counselor in New York City public schools, providing therapeutic and assessment services to students. Recently, Doris and her family were featured in WNET/PBS’s Parenting Minutes to showcase strategies for developing social and emotional IQ within children. Doris is also a proud Girl Scout and Cub Scout Leader. Doris earned a BS in psychology from Stony Brook University, an MA in psychology from Marist College, and an MSED in education from Queens College.


Windy Lopez-AflittoWindy Lopez-Aflitto is Director of Content and Partnerships for Learning Heroes. Bringing 20 years of experience in family engagement, education, and philanthropy, Windy is responsible for content development and partnerships at Learning Heroes. She came to Learning Heroes from American Express, where she helped with the expansion of the company’s largest philanthropic platform focused on nonprofit leadership development. Previously, Windy was with Scholastic for nearly a decade and was instrumental in the research and development of the company’s first comprehensive family and community engagement initiative. Windy taught elementary school for several years and started her career in public relations, focusing on education campaigns. She has been a guest lecturer at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development and at the University of the South in collaboration with Yale Child Study Center. Windy frequently appears on Univision sharing advice for Latino families on how to support learning at home. She is the proud mother of two young daughters.


Barbara PapeAbout the Host

Barbara Pape is the policy and communications director for the Learner Variability Project at Digital Promise. She has 20 years’ experience in strategic communications, writing, and policy analysis, primarily in education. Previously, she served as the executive producer of the award-winning Teaching & Learning conference, sponsored by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, where she developed content and oversaw outreach and communications. As a writer, she has written for numerous publications, including Harvard University, the National Education Goals Panel (U.S. Department of Education) and Parents magazine. Barbara also served as editor and publisher of the first electronically delivered education newsletter, the Daily Report Card. She served on the Advisory Board of the Kennedy Center’s Intersection of Arts Education and Special Education Committee, serves as a judge for the Miliken-Penn Graduate School of Education Business Plan competition, and is on the Boards at the Education Writers Association and Potentia. She earned an Ed.M. at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and launched her career as a middle school language arts teacher.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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