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K-12 Resources

Get information on your KIPPsters’ remote education.

If you want to learn more, here are a few resources we have found helpful:

The links below provide resources, printable materials, and lesson plans regarding handwashing and fostering empathy and countering biased responses regarding the coronavirus.

Handwashing and Flu Prevention Material:

Mental Health and Anti-Stress Resources

Educators, parents, and students are experiencing anxiety in the face of school closures and uncertain timelines. Mindfulness practices can help you ride the waves of these challenging times. Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally. Mindfulness allows us to respond rather than react and repairs the harm caused by trauma. Mindfulness research shows that it can decrease stress and anxiety as well as provide children with life skills that can help them feel calm in stressful situations. Here are some mindfulness resources as well as some other helpful sites to support you and your families during these unprecedented times.

Child Mind Institute has helpful resources for parents around coping with COVID-19 both in English and Spanish. They post articles and videos including daily tips about supporting our children during this stressful time.

Here is a short video about how to speak to your children about the corona virus from Child Mind Institute
https://youtu.be/WhVad8ToCiU

Calm Classroom is a research based curriculum that has been used in many of our KIPP NYC, LA and Houston schools along with over a thousand others nationwide as a way to integrate small moments of mindfulness into the school day to benefit students and educators. The curriculum consists of breathing, stretching, relaxation and concentration techniques that last from 30 seconds to three minutes and can be done anywhere. It’s helpful to practice 2-3 times per day. Here is the curriculum for you to use with your families.

Calm Classroom is  providing the following free e-resources to you and anyone you think might benefit from them.

  • The Calm Classroom E-Book (scripted techniques in English and Spanish & audio recordings for preschool-12th grade students and adults, Calm On the Spot techniques that can be practiced in just a few moments, and Adult Wellness Activities)  
  • Instagram content that is action-oriented, including real techniques and activities that you and your students can practice right now: @calmclassroom
  • Weekly blog posts containing mindfulness and self-care resources (books, apps, etc.) 

Mindful.org has free access to valuable digestible information by way of articles, guided practices and other interventions

https://www.mindful.org/category/covid-resources/ 

Breathe for Change  is a self-care organization for educators and students which has free wellness resources for families and educators on their website https://www.breathe4change.com/

Mindful schools is offering free online mindfulness classes for kids during this time and many resources for adults. https://www.mindfulschools.org/

Tara Brach, a leading meditation teacher offers some tips for calming coronavirus anxiety in her article: “Our calm is contagious”; How to use mindfulness in a pandemic. https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2020/3/18/21181644/coronavirus-covid-19-mindfulness-meditation-anxiet

MOBILE APPLICATIONS
Apps for dealing with stress have grown more popular with the rise of the smartphone, many of which have exercises or guides to help you de-stress. The most popular focus on mindfulness training and meditation, but there are others that feature quick ways to get some help. Here are some popular apps currently available:

Liberate  

  • Available for iOS and Android
  • Entry price: Free
  • The largest free and centralized library of dharma talks and guided meditations from teachers of Color
  • Mission is to empower Black, Indigenous and People of Color on their path of finding inner peace.
  • Paid Option: None at this time but subscription fee will be imminent. 

Insight Timer 

  • Available for iOS and Android
  • Entry price: Free. But you have to navigate around the subscription screen with the button that says “Start 7 Day Trial. Once you scroll past that, you can access the free content.
  • Huge library of content: over 25,000 guided meditations from around 3,000 teachers on topics like stress, relationships, creativity, and more.
  • Right from the beginning, the app feels like a community—the home screen announces, “420,065 meditations today, 5,059 meditating right now.” In fact, Insight Timer has attracted more than 6 million meditators from around the world. After you finish a meditation, you’ll learn exactly how many people were meditating “with you” during that time—and by setting your location, you can even see meditators nearby and what tracks they’re listening to.
  • If you prefer a quieter meditation, you can always set a timer and meditate to intermittent bells or calming ambient noise.
  • You can also tune in to 2,000 free talks and podcasts for life advice and inspiration, and music tracks to soothe your mind or help you sleep.
  •  Paid option: For $59.99 per year, you get access to courses with well-known teachers, a new daily meditation for anxiety and stress, and the ability to download meditations, listen offline, and fast forward and rewind. 

Smiling Mind 

  • Available for iOS, Android, and web
  • Entry price: Free.
  • The app features hundreds of meditations are organized into structured programs like Mindful Foundations (42 sessions), Sleep (6 sessions), Relationships (13 sessions), and Workplace (41 sessions), but you have the flexibility to choose where to start and to easily jump between programs.
  • Most meditations are in the five- to fifteen-minute range, with a few practices up to 45 minutes for advanced meditators.
  • Downloaded by over 4 million people, the app also has a variety of specialized programs for educators (including curricula they can use in the classroom); for children and teens of various ages; all developed with the help of psychologists and health professionals.
  • While you could use a meditation app as a temporary break from your hectic life, Smiling Mind wants you to take your mindfulness practice off the cushion and into the other 23 hours of your day
  • Paid option: None 

Stop, Breathe & Think 

  • Available for iOS and Android
  • Entry price: Free. If you explore “All Sessions” you can access the free meditations all in one place and also take a peek at what the upgrade to a paid plan offers.
  •  If other apps expect you to dive right in, Stop, Breathe & Think wants to create a more deliberate, intentional experience. A section called Learn to Meditate explains what mindfulness is and why it’s beneficial, including some of the neuroscience and physiology behind it.
  • The app works in several ways that could benefit people looking for some stress relief, whether it’s COVID-19 related or not.
  •  It features a daily check-in to get a gauge on your stress level and how you’re feeling physically. Or you can go straight to selecting a variety of exercises whether its ambient music or guided.
  •  Meditations based on how you feel
  • A progress page keeps track of how your mind and body have been feeling over time, and your most common emotions (before and after meditating, when the app invites you to check in again).
  • Paid option: $6.00 

Stop, Breathe and Think Kids

  • Available for iOS and Android
  •  Free  with subscription content.
  • This app is much like Stop, Breathe and Think except it’s focused on children, with less time juggling the interface and the daily check-in is less complicated. There’s little instruction involved and simplicity is a plus.
  • The app is more tailored to current emotional states, according to the website psyberguide.org website than other apps and it’s easy to operate by kids.
  • The app has a subscription component for $11.99 a month, but it has an abundance of free exercises. There’s not much in the way of explanation, it gets to down to business with the exercises.

UCLA Mindful

  •  Available for iOS and Android
  •  Entry price: Free
  •  If all the research on mindfulness has persuaded you that you need to meditate, the UCLA Mindful app could be a good place to start. Grounded heavily in science.
  • Developed by the Mindful Awareness Research Center at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the app features about a dozen meditations of different types in English and Spanish. You can learn to focus on your breath, your body, or sounds; work with difficult emotions; and cultivate loving-kindness in sessions ranging from 3 to 19 minutes long.
  • If you’re new to mindfulness, you might choose to take advantage of their Getting Started section, which offers information on what mindfulness is, how to choose a meditation, which posture is best for your practice, and what research-backed benefits you might expect from it.
  • As a bonus, the app also offers longer meditations that it calls “podcasts.” These are half-hour audio recordings of lunchtime meditations that take place weekly on the UCLA campus, including comments before and after the meditation as well as plenty of silent practice time.
  • Paid option: None

10% Happier

  • Available for iOS and Android
  • Entry price: Free
  • The tagline for 10% Happier tells you the most important thing you need to know about the app. It’s “meditation for fidgety skeptics”—a relatable, no-nonsense way to learn mindfulness for people whose goals veer more toward sharpening their brains than befriending their souls.
  • Unlike some other mindfulness apps, 10% Happier comes with a tour guide. Dan Harris is a news anchor who famously had a panic attack on live TV, an experience that eventually led him to pursue meditation.
  • Authoritative conversations about meditation
  • There’s really only one 7-day free offering on 10% Happier, and we hesitated to include it in this list, but what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in accessibility, authority, and unique perspective. What’s free is The Basics series, a one-week orientation to mindfulness. Each day features an introductory video by Harris (often in conversation with instructor Joseph Goldstein), and a meditation by Goldstein. 
  • Harris also hosts the 10% Happier podcast for free (outside the app), featuring conversations with people from Richard Davidson to Jon Kabat-Zinn, Arianna Huffington to the Dalai Lama. If other mindfulness apps don’t speak your language, 10% Happier might be the app for you.
  • Paid option: For $99.99 per year, you get access to over 350 guided meditations, the ability to download meditations for offline listening, and courses on stress, focus, performance, relationships, and more.

Headspace

  • Available for  iOS and Android:
  • Entry price: Free
  • Headspace has free specific sessions for moments of panic, anxiety and stress.
  • There are also quick 2-3 minute meditation sessions and special animations that teach skills and answer questions about mindfulness.
  •  Paid option: Completely free for educators

Simple Habit

  • Entry price: Free “all people who are impacted by the pandemic and can no longer afford to pay.”
  • Those who qualify need only email help [at] simplehabit.com and note that they’re in a precarious financial position due to the pandemic. Access includes free meditation collections through the end of April.

Calm App

  • Available for iOS and Android
  • Free or 7-day trial with subscription content.
  • The Calm App and the Stop, Breathe and Think app are the two most used amps for dealing with anxiety or stress. It has far fewer free options than the Stop, Breathe and Think app, but it also has additional options if you pay the subscription. There are guided mindfulness and meditation exercises as well as ‘sleep stories’ from celebrities like LeBron James, Eva Green and Matthew McConaughey it also has a more focused approach on dealing with anxiety in the moment. Both apps use many of the same meditation and mindfulness techniques.
  • The app also works with the Apple Watch 

Ambi Pro

  • $1.99 for iOS.
  •  Ambi Pro specializes in ambient music, using algorithms to change tracks instead of recordings that are looped. The app also blends tracks together so one doesn’t end abruptly.
  • For those who relax with music or the sound of nature, this is considered a top app. 

Breathe2Relax

  • Available for iOS and Android
  • To quote MakeUseOf.com, “Breathing from our diaphragm has shown to reduce anxiety and stress while helping you stay calm.” And there’s an app for that – Breathe2Relax – which focuses on breathing rather than meditation or mindfulness training. The app guides users through breathing exercises and it offers support for the Apple Watch Health app.

 Colorfly

  • Available for iOS and Android
  • Free with subscriptions and in-app purchases.
  • Some adults have taken in the recent trend of grown-up coloring books to relax. Now those are available on Colorfly and other apps.
  •  Colorfly features 1,000 different pictures to color, is capable of use offline and you can share your coloring expertise on social media through the app.

Solitaire

  • Available for  iOS, Android and Window
  • Free
  • If you aren’t into mindfulness, ambient noises or meditation, Solitaire is a go-to for people wanting a few minutes away from whatever it is that has them stressed.

Buddify

  • Available on iOS and Android
  • $4.99 on iOS and $2.99 on Android
  • Buddhify gets past the barriers of trying to figure out what’s free and what’s paid by requiring payment upfront. But with it comes 80 guided meditations in mindfulness training that can help you deal with occurring or re-occurring stress.

If your child requires access to breakfast and lunch:

KIPP NYC and the New York City Department of Education (“DOE”) are committed to ensuring that our families have access to nutritious meals even when our school buildings are closed. Below are various resources to assist you:

  • DOE Grab and Go Food Sites – As of Monday, March 23, meals will be distributed at more than 400 sites across the city.  Any student under the age of 18 can receive three meals a day, including breakfast. DOE food sites will be available to all NYC children Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 1:30 pm at locations across the city. Please use the DOEs Free Meal Location Tool to find a site near you.


We're inviting KIPPsters from K-12 and their families to explore a world of fun, educational content from the KIPP NYC team. Some of these sessions will be live (including an interactive conversation with a first generation college graduate and former NASA employee about careers in STEM!) and some are set activities or pre-recorded videos that you can enjoy any time.

Show off your explorations on social media! Tag us at #KIPPNYC on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Here are some activities you to get you started:

ART, MUSIC, DANCE... FUN

STEM

READING & WRITING

MEDITATION & RELAXATION

FOOD

Our fantastic teachers, principals, and staff across the region are working to create activities, so please keep checking back as we add more and more materials!