College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University

This unprecedented time of uncertainty has forced us into our homes as we all try to do our part to flatten the curve and stay safe. For many of us with children, the coronavirus outbreak brings along new challenges as we do our best to juggle the responsibilities of our careers and as parents, in addition to this new role as “teacher” at home. We empathize with you here at the College of Education and Human Development, as many of our faculty and staff have young children.

CEHD wants to help, and that’s why we’re excited to announce our educational initiative, CEHD Cares. We are fortunate to have experts and award-winning faculty across the spectrum in education who want to lend a virtual hand during this time. Over the next few weeks, our faculty will provide tips and resources on a variety of educational topics, including literacy, science and math education, early childhood education, English as a second language, and special education.

Each week, we’ll share websites, articles, and resources our faculty have chosen to help guide you with educating your little ones. In addition, we’ll host a webinar led by one of our distinguished faculty members in their area of expertise. This will allow you not only to hear from the experts but also to ask questions; we hope this sparks beneficial dialogue between fellow parents and teachers on the call. We know this is not easy right now, but we want you to know we at CEHD understand and are here to help.

Featured Webinars

Engage and Inspire: Reading with Your Elementary Children

Dr. Allison Ward Parsons
Wednesday, June 8, Noon (EST)
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Dr. Allison Ward Parsons will share simple tips to help families extend and maintain elementary students' literacy skills over the summer and beyond. This webinar will begin with ideas to engage children in a variety of books, followed by easy at-home activities to build fluency and comprehension.

Resources for Parents


Past Webinars

Exercise and Well-Being Tips

Dr. Debra Stroiney, PhD
Wednesday, June 3, 1 p.m.
Dr. Debra Stroiney will focus on the importance of movement and exercise on health and well-being. She will outline simple at-home workouts that can be completed and will go through one of the workouts as a virtual fitness class. Watch the webinar here.

Social and Emotional Development for Children and Adults

Dr. Elizabeth DeMulder, PhD
Friday, May 29, 1 p.m.
Dr. Elizabeth DeMulder will conduct a webinar on children’s social and emotional development and tips for ways to support them during the time of the pandemic. The session will also feature social and emotional health and tips for adults. Watch the webinar here.

Creating Predictability in an Unpredictable Time for Children with Disabilities

Dr. Jodi Duke, PhD
Wednesday, May 27, 1 p.m.
Dr. Jodi Duke will hold a webinar to offer tips for structure, routine and other strategies for families and teachers of students with disabilities. Watch the webinar here.

How Children Learn: Feeling, Connecting, Questioning, and Interacting

Drs. Stephanie Dodman and Nancy Holincheck, PhDs
Friday, May 22, 1 p.m.
Drs. Stephanie Dodman and Nancy Holincheck will share key principles of learning and offer specific at-home activities that represent each principle. This webinar will offer a variety of ways to see how what you are already doing is important to your child’s learning and offer you some new ways to think about everyday life as academic learning opportunities. Watch the webinar here.

Engaging Children Through Wonder and Science

Dr. Andy Gilbert, PhD
Wednesday, May 20, 1 p.m.
Dr. Andy Gilbert will host a webinar that provides concrete ways to get kids and adults alike to notice and engage with the natural world as a means to investigate possible answers, set up possible experiments or lead to more wonderings. This will focus on using elements of wonder to notice, sketch and journal as a means to build wonder-filled discussions with their kids—and in some cases for adults to rekindle their own wonders. Watch the webinar here.

Coping with the Crisis: Advice from Counseling Experts

Drs. Tori Stone, Shekila Melchior, and Stephanie Dailey, PhDs
Thursday, May 14, 1 p.m.
Our trio of experts from the Counseling and Development program will provide school and community counseling resources and strategies for parents, teachers and their children on how to cope during the crisis.

Tips for Maintaining Self-Care

Dr. Marjorie Haley, PhD
Tuesday, May 12, 1 p.m.
Dr. Marjorie Haley will conduct a webinar for families, including parents and teenaged children caring for younger siblings, on ways to maintain self-care while at home during the pandemic. Dr. Haley will suggest ways to take care of ourselves, including use humor, staying active outside and inside and making sure we stay connected with others.

Supporting Young Children at Home

Dr. Christan Coogle, PhD, and Clarissa Wade, Graduate Research Assistant
Thursday, May 7, 1 p.m.
Dr. Christan Coogle will offer a webinar for families and/or educators and/or service providers who are supporting the development of young children, including those with special needs, at home. This will include how to use everyday activities and routines as learning opportunities aligned with IEP (Individualized Education Plan) goals or IFSP (Individualized Family Service Plan) outcomes.