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School Counseling During COVID-19: Online Lessons and Resources 

(Updated May 19, 2020) For additional lessons broken out by grade level, see the following ASCA Toolkits:

Career Development
Career One Stop, the U.S. Department of Labor’s career exploration tool
Google Expeditions, virtual field trips and AR experiences
Social/Emotional Development

BrainPOP provides movies with social/emotional learning components that students can watch and respond to.
CASEL has collected a number of resources to assist in addressing students’ social and emotional needs.  
Centervention game-based behavior interventions help students practice social and emotional skills.
Inside SEL links to a number of social/emotional learning resources. 
NEWSELA offers social/emotional learning lessons students can complete remotely.
Sanford Harmony at National University provides social and emotional learning tools for pre-K–6. 
Second Step is offering free social and emotional learning activities for ages 5-13, a podcast for families and a mindfulness program.

Tech Tools and Distance Learning
Before using any technology tools to deliver services to students, consult with your district/school. Note: For details about HIPAA and FERPA relative to digital platforms for school counseling, click here.
  • School-Based Health Alliance COVID-19 Resources includes links to Listen & Learn Sessions, as well as a webinar series with the Weitzman Institute, “School-Based Health Centers in the Time of COVID-19
  • School Counselors for MTSS has developed resources for responding to COVID-19 using an MTSS-ASCA Model aigned framework 
  • The World Federation of United Nations Associations has developed a global citizenship program for high school students that is aimed at supporting international cooperation. 
  • Everfi offers free online courses for K-12 students on financial education, STEM, career readiness, health and wellness, social-emotional learning, and more. 
  • Share My Lesson Coronavirus Student Guide: Explanations and News Updates
  • The New York Times is offering writing prompts, interactive discussions, documentaries and contests (updated every weekday) 
  • The Confident School Counselor provides resources for self-guided learning, webinars and toolkits for a range of topics.
  • The Original Ned Show offers “fun stuff for home,” including printables about responsibility, making good choices, etc. 
  • The Special Olympics GenerationUnified.org has an abundance of video content and amazing stories to help keep you inspired and uplifted.
  • Virtual School Day: More than 100 free live K-12 classes available all day long intended to help parents fill their children’s day with enriched learning. Some popular classes are "Intro to Spanish for Kids," “Coolest Women in History,” “Java Programming Basics” and “The Story of Your Favorite Fairy Tales.”
  • Virtual Summer Camps: Free half-day summer camps will be a week-long, with enrichment-based classes in subjects like foreign languages, chess, theater, coding, Minecraft, how to be a detective, photography and more. These live, interactive classes will be taught by expert instructors vetted through Varsity Tutors' platform. 200 camps already scheduled for the summer.
  • Older students may be interested in learning how to journal with Mayo Clinic’s Gratitude Challenge
  • Helping Children and Families Cope with the COVID-19 Pandemic is a resilience-enhancing activity book that helps children and families deal with the psychological effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The material is highly interactive and designed for adults to work on together with children.  
  • In terms of free resources for a variety of learning or enrichment needs, note that for younger students, free streaming is available from Pluto TV and Kanopy, the Metropolitan Opera offers free access to nightly streaming and Scholastic Learn at Home is offering 20 days of free access (up to three hours per day). Additionally, ASCA member Holly Altiero has developed a webpage of education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings.
Virtual School Counseling Crowdsourcing
Across social media and in the ASCA SCENE, school counselors have shared a number of resources, creative lesson ideas, recommendations for digital learning tools and more. ASCA has curated some of those ideas here. For links to specific lessons shared by other school counselors, please visit the Virtual School Counseling Lessons and Tools community and library on ASCA SCENE. Please add your own lessons as well. (If you experience difficulty uploading your file, please email Angie Hickman.)