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Additional Resources for Educators During the On-Going COVID-19 Pandemic

Dear AFT NM Members:

It seems much longer than a week since we learned Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced her decision to suspend the remainder of the academic year and move to a remote learning format.

Through this unprecedented period, we have been in constant contact with the Governor’s staff, NM PED, NM HED, and other appropriate agencies to ensure you are being supported as you continue to deliver educational services to our students, their families, and our communities.

Additionally, we have seen that our members across the state have stepped up to this challenge by finding innovative ways to deliver care, food, and learning opportunities, all while maintaining the highest protocols for safety for themselves and our students. Throughout this pandemic, we will continue to make sure community safety is always kept at the forefront.

We are PROUD of the work each of you are doing to exemplify our shared values as educators and New Mexicans. THANK YOU.

Included in this e-mail are a variety of up-to-the-minute documents, resources, links, and suggestions, especially as we transition to remote learning over the remaining academic year. Also included are a series of one-page background documents from AFT which will be helpful as we dig through the provisions of the recently passed federal CARES Act.

Please continue to monitor your inbox, as we will continue to share information and resources as they become available.

In Solidarity,

Stephanie Ly                                       Kathy Chavez
President, AFT NM                              Executive VP, AFT NM



Albuquerque Teachers Federation (ATF Local #1420) Practitioner’s Guide to Distance Learning: The Dos, Don’ts, and Helpful Hints

Resources for Supporting Paraprofessionals

Education Minnesota – Involving ESPs in Distant Learning

Illinois State Board of Education Remote Learning Recommendations 

Special Education Resources

Council For Exceptional Children

Center for Parent Information and Resources

PACER Center Champions for Students with Disabilities

Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs

Supporting Vulnerable Students

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

American Occupational Therapy Association

National Association of Social Workers

American School Counselor Association

Latest resources on mental health and coping with COVID-19

Share My Lesson coronavirus/COVID-19 resources

Resources on the recently passed/enacted CARES Act (Separated by topic area):

K-12 Education

Paid Leave

Resources Previously Shared; Some Resources Updated:

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding School Closure (NM PED: March 27, 2020) 

AFT President Randi Weingarten’s Push for Capstone Projects as a Demonstration of Competency

More on this Proposal from AFT President Weingarten

Supporting Students with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic aims to provide some implementation advice for educators and staff supporting special needs students. While IDEA ensures the availability of a free and appropriate public education, delivering these services to more than 6.5 million eligible recipients today brings unprecedented challenges.

Distance Learning Tips offers some practical guidance for teachers and others embarking on an often unexpected journey into distance learning. This resource was initially developed by and is adapted from the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals.

Both new resources can be found here:

Navigating Student Debt Issues During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Guidelines for Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic in Higher Education Settings

COVID-19 and Transportation Safety (from Share My Lesson/AFT)

A compilation of Mental Health and Wellness Resources Compiled by Los Alamos Federation of School Employees (AFT NM Local #4902)

AFT COVID-19 Information and Resources: CLICK HERE

AFT Tips on Self-Care and Mental Wellness: CLICK HERE

AFT Share My Lesson on COVID-19 (Resources in English and Spanish): CLICK HERE

NM Department of Health COVID-19 Facts and FAQs: CLICK HERE



NM Workforce Solutions: CLICK HERE

Each of these pages are being updated on a daily or near daily basis based on available and factual information. We encourage you to check them frequently.

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