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Ridge ES social worker hosts online parent forum to ease stress

  Ridge Elementary School social worker Amanda Lulek hosted a webinar Tuesday, September 29, 2020 to give parents tools to help manage stress during remote learning.

The idea for the webinar came from conversations with and questions from teachers, parents, and administrators, Lulek said.

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Webinar topics included anxiety, stress, depression, learned helplessness, and student motivation.

Lulek also included tips parents can use to help students during remote learning.

“Parents are always on the education team but now more than ever they play a role they haven’t before,” she said.

One goal of the webinar was to give parents information so they could support their students and feel more confident during remote learning, Lulek said.

For example, Lulek offered strategies to help parents coach their students with their work.

“Parents can give them reminders like, ‘What page are we on?’ instead of turning the page for them, she said.

Parents do not want to see their students fail but it is important to create a culture where failure is OK so they can learn, Lulek said.

The parent webinar is just part of a much larger outreach initiative by District 202 social workers to help parents, said Ridge Elementary School Principal Dr. Stacey DiBitetto.

“Rather than sit and ponder an issue or just offer resolutions, Miss Lulek is the type of person to lead a solution and see it through,” DiBitetto said.


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