This school year is unlike any other. That’s why Lauren’s Kids is now offering free digitally responsive materials and web-based videos for school-based distance learning, in addition to our traditional print format – with full online learning courses COMING SOON!
As you gear up to welcome students for online distance learning, face-to-face, or a hybrid of the two, we want to remind you of our Safer, Smarter Schools educational resources focused on personal safety and abuse prevention, mental health, human trafficking prevention, social-emotional learning, and more – aligned to Florida’s state education standards in academic areas including reading, health, and social studies, and Mental Health Rule 6A-1.094121, F.A.C., and Child Trafficking Prevention Rule 6A-1.094123, F.A.C. requirements. Lessons are fully planned and ready to implement with step-by-step instruction.
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In addition to our school-based curriculum, Lauren’s Kids has developed several additional resources for wrap-around evidence-based education, parent engagement, professional development, and for school guidance and social work departments – also available to Florida school districts at no cost:
- Professional Development for Beginning Teachers & School Administrators – These 15-hour online, interactive, self-paced courses developed by Lauren’s Kids and the University of Florida are free for Florida public school educators. With focus on preventing, identifying, and reporting abuse, and how to create a safe school and classroom climate, educators who complete these module-based courses will receive a Certificate of Completion that can become a part of your district’s professional development requirements. Visit safersmarterschools.org to learn more and register.
- “Blueprint for Building Safer, Smarter Families” Activity Pack – Available in English and Spanish – A comprehensive activity pack parents can use to teach children in Kindergarten through Grade 5 the basics of personal safety, as well as the strategies needed to prevent abuse, all from a place of fun, not fear. Adults receive their own “parent pack” to use with their child, while kids follow along in their own workbook complete with crossword puzzles, word searches, crafts, roleplay scenarios, games and other entertaining activities. The activities and lessons are grounded in concepts taught in the Safer, Smarter Kids curriculum. *This resource is recommended for Title I parent engagement. Visit shop.laurenskids.org to place an order.
- Guide to Hope & Healing – A one-of-a-kind resource developed by Lauren’s Kids and the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence, with input from focus groups with parents and therapists in conjunction with the Florida Network of Child Advocacy Centers. The Guide is designed to provide essential information and answer questions that often arise after a child’s disclosure of sexual abuse. In addition to a manual with resources, references, tips and forms, the Guide to Hope & Healing contains activities for child and teen survivors to help facilitate healing and communication, and safety planning and communication activities for families. Visit shop.laurenskids.org to place an order; available digitally in Spanish at LaurensKids.org/HopeandHealing.