Each month, we share five things we love as part of our Footnotes Newsletter. Take a look at some of our favorite English language arts resources, podcasts, and more we found in April!

1. Student Voice: Advice on How to Manage Remote Learning From Students Who've Been There

High school students in Jori Krulder’s class are all too familiar with remote learning. After wildfires burned through their town of Paradise, California in 2018, their school went online for the rest of the semester. Today, the students are offering advice to their peers all over the country on coping with this monumental transition.

2. How to Teach Social-Emotional Learning When Students Aren’t in School

What are the most effective ways to continue developing your students’ social-emotional skills while they’re out of the classroom? In this article for EdWeek, experts outline simple things you can do remotely to support your students’ emotional well-being.

3. What Do Students Need To Recover When School Closes For Months?

It’s estimated that, as of the time of this article, 90% of children are out of school worldwide due to the pandemic. What will that mean for the upcoming school year? NPR’s education correspondent Anya Kamenetz discusses how American educators can look to past examples of similar situations as guidelines for resuming education in the wake of COVID-19.

4. How a 17-Year-Old Student in New York Is Giving Back

When his spring baseball season was unexpectedly canceled, high school junior Jameson Cohen turned to volunteer work as a way to stay involved in his community. His new program, Circle of Friends, provides virtual support to parents who need help keeping their children engaged and entertained at home. Listen to the full story behind his project in this inspiring episode of the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast.

5. Wild Classroom Daily Activity Plans

Earth Day 2020 may have passed, but really, shouldn’t we be celebrating nature every day? Keep conversations about conservation going outside of the classroom with the help of the World Wildlife Fund. The organization now offers educational broadcasts and activities for students that cover a range of nature-themed topics, including ocean conservation, climate change, endangered species, and more.