NMDOH COVID-19 Website – cv.nmhealth.org
Coronavirus hotline HEALTH-RELATED questions: 855-600-3453
Coronavirus hotline for FAMILY SUPPORT AND NON-HEALTH-RELATED questions: 833-551-0518
Donations to support Hopi and Diné families can be made here: https://www.navajohopisolidarity.org/
New Mexico Out of School Time Network also has really great community info (including meal info, childcare options, and at-home activities) and other resources available here: https://nmost.org/covid-19-resources!
HOW HAS EENM ALREADY SUPPORTED THE OUTDOOR AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION COMMUNITY IN NEW MEXICO DURING COVID-19?
1. THIRTEEN virtual community check-ins since mid-March. Each community check-in is designed to allow for educators, teachers, program managers, and community members to share their challenges and successes. These check-ins are critical as they allow EENM to stay community-centered and respond to the quickly changing needs of our community of outdoor and environmental educators (and beyond)! Notes are now available as one document (from newest to oldest check-ins) here: EENM – COVID-19 Community Check-Ins-4.
2. Coaching on Communicating with Funders. EENM is developing, collating and sharing new and best practices for talking with funders about converting program-specific funding to general operating funds. These communication practices around converting funding emphasize the value of organizations re-orienting to build program and organizational capacityinstead of offering in-person programming during these times of “staying at home”: Building Program and Organizational Capacity during COVID-19.
3. Centering equity, inclusion and justice every day and during the COVID 19 crisis.EENM is committed to equitable education outdoors. In this time of social distancing, this looks like: awareness raising about the structural inequities of online and distance learning across New Mexico, supporting conversations of alternatives to online opportunities through our community check-ins, and amplifying existing tools for working for equity, inclusion and justice. On April 20, 2020, we released the following on why distance learning can lead to the unintended consequences of creating a larger academic gap for our more vulnerable, less resourced students: Inequities of distance learning.
EENM amplified the 21 day Racial Equity Challenge with facilitated virtual conversations to explore shared learnings from the issues, concepts and tools addressed through the racial equity challenge. In these virtual conversations (April 15, 2020 and May 6, 2020) we explored how we individually and collectively create more inclusive and equitable spaces for ourselves, our students, and our communities.
4. Providing information on economic relief through the CARES Act as well as New Mexico-specific opportunities like those opportunities compiled here: Economic Relief for NM Nonprofits, Small Businesses, and Independent Contractors.
5. Sharing the “Wisdom to Live By During a Global Pandemic” mini-video series created by our amazing Exploring Equitable Education Outdoors Fellows. This four part series is filled with great perspective including “Getting Grounded”, “Connecting”, “The Health of Us and Our Planet”, and “Centering Equity”.
6. Online Workshops: “Bringing NGSS Outdoors with the NM STEM Ready! Standards”. We converted our popular 2-day workshop into a meaningful online opportunity. EENM is offering two trainings in May, one during the week of May 11th and one during the week of May 18th. Each training involves 90 minutes of online time with other educators for four days and is designed to provide a deep dive into the innovations of next generation science standards along with resources and tools for brining these standards outdoors. Both trainings are full and we are gearing up to offer more in the summer!
7. Connecting New Mexicans with resources beyond New Mexico such as those through the North American Association for EE including free webinars and other resources available here: https://naaee.org/our-work/programs/covid-19-resources-tips-and-support.
UPCOMING SUPPORT AND OPPORTUNITIES WITH EENM
- Virtual Multi-State Summit: We are working with our amazing counterparts in Colorado and Maine to provide a virtual multi-state summit in summer 2020 to support a community-generated new vision for the field of EE when we emerge from the COVID-19 global pandemic. More info soon!
Virtual Weekly Community Check-ins
Why does EENM host these community check-ins?
- Our work is community-centered
- We know our community has thoughtful, innovative ways to respond to challenges
- Environmental educators are systems thinkers whose thinking can benefit NM right now
Beginning, Monday, March 16th, EENM began hosting virtual community check-ins. For the first month we hosted two check-in per week (one for program managers and one for educators, teachers, and community members) and then at the urging of the community, combined groups. Many resources and ideas are shared and notes from those meetings are compiled below:
MONDAYS from 4-5 p.m. – ALL community members
Please join the ecoed list serve for more info, including links to join (https://eeanm.org/programs/ecoed/). Please make sure to include who you are and where you work for quick approval to join the list serve.
Environmental Education Resources to share with
youth and families at home:
Read more about the Structural Inequities of Distance Learning here: Inequities of distance learning.
Starting April 6th, PBS began airing lessons for APS students, more info here: https://www.newmexicopbs.org/what-we-do/education/aps-at-home/.
To also respond to community feedback, here’s some handy links for online meetings:
Free video chat platforms: https://www.cnet.com/news/7-free-video-chat-apps-to-use-while-youre-social-distancing/
Zoom video tutorials: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials
More info on Zoom’s efforts to support educators through COVID-19 and additional resources: https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/03/13/how-to-use-zoom-for-online-learning/
Free tools, including video conferencing for schools and educators from Google: https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/g-suite/helping-businesses-and-schools-stay-connected-in-response-to-coronavirus