Here is a list of resources for educators to help with learning in the time of COVID-19. This article is from the Learning Policy Institute and on Forbes. Please see the categories below for a list of resources for:
- Social-emotional learning
- Supporting students with exceptional needs
- Supporting English learners.
Online Learning Resources for Educators
- Free online conferencing and video platforms for teachers include:
- This Google blog, “With school closures, teachers can keep their lessons going remotely,” provides advice on keeping students engaged in distance learning using Google Classroom tools such as Google Docs, Google Forms
- Content coordinators from the San Diego County Office of Education curated this subject-specific list of resources to support distance learning.
- These websites have lessons that can be accessed by educators or parents for content instruction: CommonLit, Illustrative Mathematics, Khan Academy, Zearn
- American Federation of Teachers’ Share My Lesson offers a helpful roundup of lesson plans and other resources for teaching students about coronavirus and a Checklist for Distance Learning to help prepare for remote learning.
- The Smithsonian has launched a central portal highlighting an array of distance learning resources, from STEM webcasts to American history podcasts and comprehensive lesson plans. Offerings range from low- or no-tech (interviewing family members for oral history projects) to high-tech (diving into an interactive exploration module).
- The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization has created a comprehensive list of educational applications and platforms to help parents, teachers, schools and school systems facilitate student learning and provide social caring and interaction during periods of school closure.
Online Learning Resources for Parents
- The Barbara Bush Foundation for Literacy Educational Toolkit for At-Home Learning offers free online resources that can help children continue to build critical literacy skills while schools are closed.
- The U.S. Department of Education’s Talk, Read, and Sing Together Every Day! Tip Sheets for Families, Caregivers and Early Learning Educators provide families, caregivers and early educators with research-based tips for talking, reading, and singing with young children every day beginning from birth.
- NPR has created this Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus to help demystify the virus and to teach children how to protect themselves. The online version includes a print-and-fold zine version.
- Storyline Online is produced by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television’s SAG-AFTRA Foundation as part of its children’s literacy program. The site streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and others.
- The New York Times is hosting and continuously updating this page on ideas for working with content from the Times and other reliable sources.
- The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning offers suggestions for educators on addressing the social and emotional needs of students.
- In a Learning Is Social, Emotional and Academic blog, Lorea Martinez offers parents homeschooling tips to ensure social-emotional learning is a part of student learning.
- Sanford Harmony, a Pre-K-6 research-based social-emotional learning program, promotes positive peer relations among students through lessons and activities that encourage communication, collaboration, and mutual respect. These resources can be used by parents at home to help children express feelings and solve problems together.
- The National Association of School Psychiatrists has developed a set of materials for schools and districts to support for their students and community around COVID-19 and pandemics.
Supporting Students With Exceptional Needs
- The Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities has a wealth of resources focused on making online learning more accessible, engaging, and effective for students with disabilities.
- Common Sense Media has curated a list of the Best Special Education Applications and Websites based on recommendations by educators who work with students with special needs. Applications support the development of academic and social-emotional skills, as well as sites to assist teachers in providing differentiated learning opportunities.
- The Council for Exceptional Children has developed COVID-19 Information for Special Educators, including a forum for members on how to adapt IEP services during school closures and a link to a resource page developed by the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE).
- The New York City Department of Education offers suggested activities and strategies for families to support Diverse Learning at Home for Special Populations. Resources include links for assistive technology support, as well as specific occupational, physical, and speech therapy activities for students as young as preschool.
- The State Educational Technology Directors Association offers strategies and resources on its site for ensuring that online learning supports students with Individualized Education Plans.
Supporting English Learners
- Common Sense Media supports educators in teaching students how to thrive in the digital age with free, research-backed lesson plans in English and Spanish.
- SmithsonianTweenTribune | Articles for kids, middle school, teens from Smithsonian is an online resource provided by the Smithsonian Institution offering daily news articles, K-12. Available in Spanish.
- Storyline Online is produced by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television’s SAG-AFTRA Foundation as part of their children’s literacy program and includes materials aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners for grades PK-8.
- Students can access thousands of videos in English/Spanish that include lessons, activities, and visuals via Twig Education.
- A collection of California-focused resources from Early Edge focused on early learners for a range of stakeholders, from administrators to parents and guardians, in both English and Spanish.
- Sesame Street and the Spanish-language version, Sésamo, offer games, videos, activities for children.