Hello EWDC Students, Families, and Mentors!
Thank you for your support as we adjust our programming to fit the needs of our school communities during COVID-19 closures. We'll use this page to share a curated list of free resources for students, families, and mentors. Everybody Wins Wednesday emails will highlight new additions for those on our email list.
Sending love and practicing optimism,
The EWDC Team
Virtual Shared Reading Library
Just because our students are currently learning from home doesn’t mean they can’t still enjoy an EWDC read-aloud experience!
This set of curated videos features EWDC volunteers and supporters reading books and modeling shared reading discussions, offering a convenient option for families who want additional reading-based activities and supports from a trusted partner.
EWDC provides our volunteer storytellers guidance on selecting books, recording at home, and structuring their read alouds. Mentors and supporters then submit videos of themselves reading children's books aloud. All videos are reviewed by EWDC staff and then posted on our YouTube page each Wednesday!
Pen Pals Program
Power Lunch is more than just a mentor and student reading together; it is about building a consistent, supportive relationship that sets students up for success. That’s why we want to ensure our students can still lean on and learn from their mentors while they are at home!
Power Lunch Pen Pals helps keep our reading pairs connected via letters, emails, pictures, and more. They can talk about what they are reading, how they are feeling, or whatever else they so choose. Our students and mentors might not be able to share a book in person, but they can keep their connection strong - and that is critically important during times like this!
Online Shared Reading and Writing Resources
Here, you'll find a sampling of online content to support children's literacy and love of reading.
- Audiobooks, e-books, and online shared read alouds from DC Public Libraries
- First Lady Obama's Mondays with Michelle read alouds from PBS Kids and Random House Publishing (Mondays, 12PM Eastern)
- Daily Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems, author/illustrator of the Pigeon book series
- Video read alouds from Reach, Incorporated's DC teen authors
- Stay-At-Home Storytime with Oliver Jeffers, author/illustrator and children's literature activist
- Tuesday Writers Workshop with Kate DiCamillo, author of The Tale of Despereaux
- Friday Fun videos with Dave Pilkey, author/illustrator of the Dogman book series
- Ongoing Save with Stories online read alouds by actors and artists
LOTS of famous children's authors, actors, and public figures are also sharing read-alouds and other interactive posts via social media. Here's a compilation of many of these resources!
Parenting in the time of COVID-19
This section highlights resources that parents might use to navigate this unprecedented time.
- Perspective piece from author and psychotherapist Dr. Katie Hurley, Washington Post contributor
- Free, printable children's book about COVID-19 from The Gruffalo's illustrator, Axel Scheffler(multiple languages available!)
- Zero to Three's Tips for Families
- The National Association of School Psychologists's Helping Children Cope resource
- This infographic of six best COVID-19 parenting practices from WHO, UNICEF, and CDC collaboration
- Common Sense Media's resources for at-home learning on WideOpenSchools.org
Promoting Socioemotional Health
We know this is a uniquely trying time. We encourage you to take care of yourselves as well as others!
Virtual Book Club
At its core, EWDC is about building connections through reading together - and nowadays, many EWDC supporters are missing out social connections! Thus, we're inviting mentors, parents, and other supporters to join us for an adults-only book club.
First Half of Tuesdays with Morrie: Friday, May 8, 12PM - 1PM EST
Given a choice of four thematic texts, EWDC supporters chose Mitch Albom's classic. We look forward to exploring this unique perspective on the power of mentorship. Zoom meeting connection details and discussion guide will appear here on Wednesday, May 6. EWDC mentors will also receive details in their Everybody Wins Wednesday email!
Kickoff: Friday, 04/17/20, 12PM Eastern
Our first session centered on this article from Cressida Cowell, How to Train Your Dragon author/illustrator, about the love of reading. We used this discussion guide to structure our first conversation.
Supporting Our School Communities
As schools close, so do community hubs for critical resources. Here, we'll share volunteer opportunities which support our students and families while allowing EWDC supporters to practice social distance and community engagement.
Martha's Table seeks ongoing support for 5-6 total daily volunteer shifts across their two DC locations. They have also redesigned their volunteer policies to reflect current public health guidelines.
Consider joining The Table Church DC’s mutual aid network to assist your high-risk neighbors who are unable to leave their homes. You can also sign up for assistance if necessary!
With schools and libraries closed, we are mobilizing large scale Book Project distributions in underserved neighborhoods in collaboration with community partners. We always appreciate donations of new books or FirstBook gift certificates to replenish our inventory.
(FirstBook Account Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Org Name: "Everybody Wins DC")