Legal Update

COVID-19 Work-Related Issues: Legal Update April 1

Learn about the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act passed April 1.
TEPSA Outside General Counsel Kevin Lungwitz discusses the new law plus updates on:

  • Staff contracts and compensation
  • Educator appraisals
  • Nonrenewals
  • Special Education
  • Educator expenses related to distance learning
  • Safety while working

Student Meals

Curriculum Ideas

Mental Health Ideas

  • About Stress: Adam Saenz on stress at work
  • 7 Mindsets: A curated collection of social emotional supports for educators to use with students addressing both Covid-19 issues and the correlating emotions coming from the pandemic.  Additionally, we would like to offer our online library of mindset-based SEL lessons and resources to use with students for the remainder of the semester free of charge
  • TeacherFit workouts: Move your body with free workouts from TeacherFit.
  • Texas Health and Human Services: 24/7 mental health support line to assist Texans in dealing with the stresses brought on by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Call toll-free 833-986-1919.

Partner Resources

  • Advancement Courses: Free online PD micro courses to incorporate in remote meetings (PLC, leadership, staff, etc.)! Advancement Courses has launched 8 free online micro courses, geared towards teachers, leaders, and counselors. Each course houses digital resources and a certificate for 3 PD hours after the completion of the course.
  • Curriculum Associates: Supporting Students Away From School with printable activity packs and guidance for you and your students’ families to support learning at home.
  • Donorschoose.org: Keep Kids Learning
  • Get Your Teach On: Free daily ELA lessons at 12pm CST on Facebook
  • Horace Mann: Free, easy to download lessons and resources for PK-12 teachers.
  • Legends of Learning: Complimentary access to an extension/after-school experience, where teachers set up lessons for students to play for homework and other times that students are out of school and receive real time feedback on student performance. Register to create your Legends of Learning account.
  • Mentoring Minds: Significant discounts and trial licenses to our new K-12 Instructional Management Platform – reach out to your rep or email to inquire about pricing. Plus, get a free 14-day trial of our new app – Mentoring Minds Resource Library gives you unprecedented access to our best-selling educator resources right from your smartphone or tablet.
  • Scholastic Learn at Home: Students have access to approximately three hours of learning opportunities per day, including projects based on exciting articles and stories, virtual field trips, reading and geography challenges, and more. Learning experiences cover ELA, STEM, Science, Social Studies, and Social-Emotional Learning.
  • Scholastic Online Book Fair Available through June 30.
  • STAAR Master: At-Home Student Packs with STAAR Master® Work Texts and STAAR Master Digital Programs

Working Online

  • How to Prevent Zoom-Bombing: Zoom is becoming the videoconferencing method of choice during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, your Zoom meetings are wide open to hijacking if you don’t know how to set the host controls properly. Learn how to stop bad actors and keep your video calls on track.
  • Zoom Tips and Tricks: Ensure safety and improve learning in your Zoom meetings. Tips for classrooms and teacher trainings. Presented by Daniel Patterson, Educator and Consultant.

The Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA), whose hallmark is educational leaders learning with and from each other, has served Texas PK-8 school leaders since 1917. Member owned and member governed, TEPSA has more than 5,900 members who direct the activities of 3 million PK-8 school children. TEPSA is an affiliate of the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

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