COVID-19 McMillan Education Resources
How McMillan Education Strives to Be There for Our Families in COVID-19
The wellbeing of our families and students is at the core of everything we do. So we’ve been busy during COVID-19 using all areas of our team’s collective expertise to provide our families with the resources and knowledge that can help make this incredibly difficult time easier to navigate. Here’s what we’ve been doing in the areas of College Admission, Athletic Recruiting, School Planning, Distance Learning and Self Care Practices since COVID-19 disrupted our lives and the lives of our families and students:
College Admissions: COVID-19 Changes & Developments
CEO Don McMillan has written several letters and conducted webinars providing advice about new best practices for the college process, including virtual visits and campus research, demonstrated interest, and standardized testing. They contain what you need to know about the quickly changing landscape in this unprecedented time.
Extracurriculars: Right now, all clubs and sports are obviously not happening. But, that doesn’t mean that students’ extracurricular lives should too. Listen to our colleagues Bill Southwick and Brendon Welker talk about what students could and should be doing in quarantine.
Athletic Recruiting in the Age of COVID-19
Athletic recruiting has been turned on its head without the ability to play sports or have in-person recruiting and visits. Below, Don and Sarah address these challenges in recruiting through a letter and our recruiting expert, Kim Chorosiewski, elaborates in a webinar.
School Planning: Decisions in the Age of COVID-19
With no in-person revisit days, the school selection process is especially confusing this year. Don has written the letter Making Your Final School Decision Through Virtual Engagement to address concerns and help our families make such an important decision in such uncertain times.
Navigating Distance Learning: Help From Our Teachers, Learning Specialists and Moms
Most of you are now well into your “new normal” of distance learning. And by now, you know what’s working and what’s not working so well! We know that few of you could ever have imagined assuming the responsibility of supervising the daily education of your children at home for several weeks (or months!). Many of you, like our Amy Christie and Susanna Beckwith (see their awesome blogs by clicking on their names!), are also working at your “day jobs” at the same time your children are scattered around the house trying to access effective learning online. Many of you, also like Amy and Susanna, have young children, some have high schoolers and some have both, all experiencing different methods of instruction and many of whom may have learning differences that make online learning particularly challenging. Good news! We are here to help!
If you haven’t already done so, take a look at learning specialists’ Carolyn Orsini Nelson and Edith Adams’ blog: Online Learning Tips: Practical Tips for Parents covering strategies to help your children get the most out of distance learning.
We’ve also invited our families to tap into our deep teaching expertise of all educational levels to Webinars on Survival Tips for Distance Learning on Sunday April 18th at 2pm and 3pm. These sessions are designed to address distance learning for all ages and all levels of ability, from the self-directed learner looking to get the most out of learning online to students who require accommodations to allow them to access curriculum.
Our goal is to help you minimize the obstacles and maximize the opportunities created by this unexpected method of learning COVID-19 has thrust upon you and your children. We will continue to offer resources throughout this crisis so stay tuned!
Self Care: Everyone needs it!
Mindfulness Meditation has become an increasingly well-known tool for self care and mood regulation. We are so lucky to have two highly experienced teachers and practitioners of Mindfulness Meditation on our team, Kelly McAdams and Jamie Paul, who have opened weekly classes online to all of our McMillan Education families. It’s not too late to participate in improving your and your family’s self-care regime! Join us for these online sessions by contacting your McMillan Education counselor for more information!
How do we talk about COVID-19 with our kids?
These are difficult and confusing times and we know it may be hard for parents to explain to young children what exactly is going on. Maeve Barry, the goddaughter of our own Edith Adams, wrote this great video to explain the topic to kids: Topsy Turvy World - COVID Explained for Little Children