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Talking to Your Teenager About COVID-19

In an ideal world, teens would seek their parents’ advice and comfort during troubling times. But, we know that’s not always the case. Parents are often the last people teenagers want to talk to when they’re stressed. And, even if they appear to be adjusting well, teenagers are likely being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This may be the first substantial crisis of their lifetime, and it is altering typical adolescent experiences such as playing sports or attending group activities.Read more
A few weeks ago, I began to search my social media feed for inspiration as to what PEAK should post for Independence Day. I came upon a quote from the Black Lives Matter movement’s official Facebook page, @BlackLivesMatter. It reads, “Each of our own liberation is tied to one another. We cannot be fully free until every member of our community is free. That is why we must be intentional and steadfast in centering the voices of the most marginalizedRead more

Let’s Open Our Doors and Make a Place for Everyone

The other day I got a phone call from a friend. We hadn’t spoken for some time. Our friendship sprouted in the summer of 2003 when my husband, our nearly one-year-old son, and I embarked on a move from the San Luis Valley to a remote area in Garfield County. That summer we became part of a community of friends that you simply don’t make every day. Over the course of our conversation, we looked back on those times andRead more
By Leann Springer & Missy Sieders PEAK continues our series in response to the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on education. Again, the way forward must be met with collaboration. Our relationships and the bridges we build matter more than anything as we work toward solutions that help each of us and, most importantly the learners, who will shape our communities in the years to come. We recently reached out to educators to get their perspective. The following shares theirRead more

A Time to Reach Out, Build, and Connect

I sit here typing in my home office looking out the large windows to our back yard. It’s a patio that at some point was closed in. I hear my son speak into his school computer to two of his teachers via Zoom meeting. His voice echoes from his bedroom, down the hall, through my bedroom, and finally to me while I ponder all the problems we’re facing and glance out at the ponderosa pines dancing in the breeze. IRead more
*Editor's Note: PEAK Parent Center knows the way forward in these uncharted waters amid unprecedented school closures must include collaboration from everyone involved. Education is a community investment. We want each of your voices to be heard; your successes, your struggles, and all that lies between. Therefore, in the coming weeks we will feature tips, questions and answers, and more to provide a way for us to come together (while practicing social distancing) and work toward solutions that help eachRead more
Aside from the daily statistics on rates of infection, lockdowns, curfews, shutdowns, economic instability and more, It is really easy to get overwhelmed with all the information being dumped on us about educating our kids from home amid indefinite school closures. Every other post I’ve scrolled through in the last week seems to be a free subscription, ways to keep your kids busy and learning while at home, or some method to keep parents sane amid the chaos. It’s difficultRead more