Resources for Remote Learning
Education, and COVID-19
Posted March 2020
Updated March 19, 2020
We are all grappling with unprecedented challenges raised by COVID-19. But as we begin to mobilize solutions and confront these challenges together, the significance of our connections with one another—as individuals, families, and communities—becomes ever more clear.
The pandemic magnifies and deepens the vast inequities present in our current systems. When schools close, millions of students lose access not only to learning, but also to food, safe spaces, and caring adults. Families struggle to work without adequate childcare alternatives. With businesses sidelined, low-wage workers face even greater economic insecurity and have no reliable safety net. Immigrant communities are still ceaselessly targeted, and families are being forcibly separated. Our most vulnerable populations are hit the hardest.
With collective action, we can face this challenge together. Our interconnectedness is truly our greatest strength.
Many of our partners have already stepped up in a meaningful way to meet this moment. Over the coming days, we plan to share best-practice resources, beginning today with this list for students, parents, and educators:
At-Home Learning and Other Resources for Students and Families
Online Learning Platform to Teach K-12 Students Coding and Computer Science
A nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented youth, Code.org provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States.
Best Messaging Apps and Websites for Students, Teachers, and Parents
Common Sense Media
Apps and websites for texting, messaging, and communication that make it easier for teachers to send out assignments, reminders, and progress reports and communicate with parents and students.
Virtual Field Trips and Experiential Learning
Common Sense Media
Great games, apps, and websites that can bring places and experiences fostered by field trips to the classroom. While not an outright replacement, these field trip tools can offer inspiring and intriguing experiences for students.
Printable At-Home Packets and Online Math/Reading Content
Printable at-home activity packs from Curriculum Associates are designed to provide students with valuable self-directed exercises and practice during extended absences from school. Each pack is designed to reinforce key concepts for a given grade. Resources are available for Grades K-8.
Digital Lessons for Remote Learning
Free interactive online lessons teaching real-world skills like financial education, social-emotional learning, STEM, career readiness, health & wellness, and more.
Bay-Area Focused Coronavirus Resources for Parents and Schools
Innovate Public Schools
Innovate is a people first organization and they are aiming for Bay Area families to have access to the resources and supplies needed to stay healthy and safe during these times.
School Closure Learning Guide during Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Resources from Great Schools that will help your child learn from home if school has closed. Find out how to set up at-home learning and use the grade-based resources to fill in the gaps.
Using Khan Academy for Remote Learning During School Closures
Khan Academy produces short videos paired with supplementary web-based practice exercises. The website also offers tools and materials for educators.
The Coronavirus Explained & What You Should Do
With help from “Our World in Data”, the online publication for research and data on the world’s largest problems – and how to make progress solving them – Kurzgesagt provides an informational video on what actually happens when it infects a human and what should we all do during these uncertain times.
Lectures and Conversations about the U.S. Constitution
National Constitution Center
Join NCC for live constitutional conversations for high school and college students, taught by President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen and other scholars, available through Zoom, and accessible on home computer, laptop, or phone.
Free Virtual Industry Chats
Until April 30, 2020, Nepris is providing free access to all virtual Industry Chats. These online Chats are available to help prepare students for the future of work. You can find and schedule topics addressing a wide range of curriculum and career clusters in addition to college and career readiness offerings.
Get Smart about COVID-19 Misinformation
News Literacy Project
Free resources for educators, parents, students and the general public, including downloadable charts and graphics for identifying misinformation.
Live Online Classes for Ages 3-18
Connecting motivated learners, parents, and teachers together to create great learning experiences, Outschool offers unique online classes from hundreds of independent teachers, and classes meet via group video chat.
At Home Learning
As part of the public media mission to ensure all kids, regardless of their capabilities, have access to continued free educational resources at home, PBS SoCal | KCET, in partnership with LAUSD and in collaboration with California PBS stations, are offering broadcast programming and accompanying digital resources that adhere to California’s state curriculum to provide continued at-home learning.
Learn At-Home Resources
With many schools that are either closed, or shifting to online education, Reimaging Migration aims to help provide high quality resources related to Immigration for learning at home.
COVID-19 Student Loan Aid Tool
Borrowers who lose their job or have their hours cut may be eligible for a reduced monthly payment as low as $0 per month through a Federal Income-Driven Repayment (IDR) Plan. Student Debt Crisis and Savi have developed a FREE tool to make that process much easier.
Virtual Learning Insights
Teach For All
Teach For All has learned a lot about what makes virtual learning & knowledge products and experiences impactful for their partner staff across the network. See a list of their insights using the provided link.
Informational Videos for At-Home Learning
TED-Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative. TED-Ed’s mission is to spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers and students around the world. Their website provides a list of videos and lessons for at-home learning.
Resources for Learning at Home When Schools Close
TNTP has sourced a list of home learning resources and strategies to help with school and district closures across the U.S.
Resources for Educators
Free Access to Content for Closed Schools
Rigorous learning experiences made accessible and engaging for all. BrainPOP is a trusted learning resource supporting core and supplemental subjects, reaching millions of learners worldwide.
Guidance for School Settings
Resources for administrators, teachers, and families on how to approach extended school closures. The CDC also has child-friendly resources to help students understand what COVID-19 is and how students can help to keep themselves and their loved ones safe and healthy.
Approaches to Instruction + Crowd-Sourced Resources
Charter School Growth Fund
CSGF is curating the best possible information to create resources around how to provide instruction in remote settings, in addition to collecting various resources from across their network.
Online Learning Platform and COVID-19 Learning Toolkit
Distance learning toolkit from Edmodo, an educational technology company offering a communication, collaboration, and coaching platform to K-12 schools and teachers. The Edmodo network enables teachers to share content, distribute quizzes, assignments, and manage communication with students, colleagues, and parents.
Resources for Educators
Educators For Excellence (E4E)
Educators for Excellence is working to ensure that educators’ voices are heard about how COVID-19 is hitting highest need communities the hardest.
Support for Teachers During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Facing History and Ourselves
During the rapidly evolving situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Facing History is supporting teachers in making sense of the situation, and making the best of whatever educational “class time” they have with students—whether in the classroom, in the midst of a school closure, or planning to begin teaching remotely.
5 Tips to Prepare for a Remote Classroom Due to Coronavirus
Tips and tricks in response to school closures from iCivics, as well as access to their free civics education games.
KIPP Public Charter Schools – Resource Bank
KIPP Public Charter Schools
This Box folder is a repository for the many resources, templates, and guidelines that KIPP schools and regions have created or sourced from other education leaders responding to COVID-19. It includes materials for communicating with families and staff, managing remote learning, and providing support to students.
How Teachers Can Navigate School Closures Due to the Coronavirus
Use these trusted resources to continue to provide meaningful learning experiences for students during school closures. This list will be regularly updated as new resources become available.
Online Curriculum (free access to content through remainder of the year)
Newsela is an Instructional Content Platform that brings together engaging, accessible content with integrated assessments and insights to supercharge reading engagement and learning in every subject. Content on Newsela covers topics students care about, that connect to core curriculum, and are aligned to standards.
Free Education Resources from The New York Times
New York Times Learning Network
The Learning Network site is dedicated to helping people teach and learn with Times content. They offer fresh classroom resources — from lesson plans and writing prompts to news quizzes, student contests and more — all based on articles and images published on NYTimes.com.
Resources for Educators and Students
The National Network of State Teachers of the Year
The National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) is an organization of State Teachers of the Year, National Teachers of the Year, and Finalists for State Teacher of the Year who are deeply committed to ensuring that every child in America gets the high-quality education they deserve. At this crucial moment in public education, NNSTOY members mobilized to create this list of resources to assist teachers and students.
Free K-12 Standards Aligned Videos and Interactive Lesson Plans
PBS Learning Media
Direct access to thousands of classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted digital resources. Resources are aligned to Common Core and national standards and include videos and interactives, as well as audio, documents, and in-depth lesson plans.
School Closure Resource Hub
Resources for leaders, teachers, and families to help combat the uncertainty many districts are currently facing provided by Transcend, a national nonprofit that works with communities to encourage innovation and achieve equity in educational settings.
Resources for School and System Leaders
New COVID-19 Guidance for K-12 Schools
California Department of Education
CDE guidance for potential school closures through the end of the year.
Resource List from State and District Agencies
Chiefs for Change
This page is a curated list of resources from Chiefs for Change members and others that provide sound guidance for systems leaders in this challenging time.
Resources for School Leaders Responding to COVID-19
According to the most recent data from Education Week, at least 32.5 million public school students are affected by school closures. The linked resources will help state and school leaders as they care for their students and communities.
6 Steps Schools Can Take to Address Educational Equity if Required to Close Due to COVID-19
The Education Trust
Newly released steps from The Education Trust–New York that schools can take to promote instructional equity and preserve student well-being if schools need to close because of the coronavirus.