Resources for Remote Learning
Education, and COVID-19
Updated September 15, 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
K-8 Learning Resources
To help educators and families, Amplify has pulled from their top-rated programs to create a series of remote learning experiences that are high-quality, easy to use at home, and totally free.
Flexible Virtual Learning from ASU
ASU for You
ASU for You is an approach to education that supports learners with resources from a national research university — recognizing that to meet the needs of a rapidly changing, technology-driven world, people will need to access education and learning platforms throughout their lives.
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.
Free, Virtual Summer Experience for K-8 Kids
Camp Kinda is a free virtual summer experience designed to keep kids in grades K-8 engaged, curious, and having fun—even if they're stuck at home. Sign up and your kids will get 3-4 hours’ worth of activities each day, all connected to a weekly theme.
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.
Gilder Lehrman Online History School and EduHam Online
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Online history courses for elementary, middle, and high school students. Each course includes presentations, hosted live on Zoom, exploring topics relating to HAMILTON and the Founding Era, AP United States History, the history of voting rights, and women who made history. The Gilder Lehrman Institute is also offering EduHam Online, a digital version of the Hamilton Education Program for educators teaching students in grades 6-12.
Google Resource Hub for Teaching at Home
A temporary hub of information and tools to help teachers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
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.
Guide: Student Rights During COVID-19
A practical, hands-on guide for high school seniors and college students aimed at providing advice, recommendations and templates to help adapt to these unprecedented 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.
30 Arts, Music, Reading, and STEAM Activities for Home
This piece provides a list of 30 extracurricular activities with some explanation for why these “supplementary” activities are a critical aspect of children’s’ school days.
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.
Online Learning Resources Focused on Literacy
Resources for parents and teachers, including weekly coaching plans, daily lessons, e-books, and virtual professional development.
Tips for Supporting Distance Learning at Home
Stanford Graduate School of Education
Stanford GSE Associate Professor Jelena Obradović shares tips for caregivers of elementary school students as distance learning continues.
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.
Arts and Music-Focused Distance Learning Resources
TeachRock Distance Learning Packs center project-based learning, collaboration, authentic assessment strategies such as art, podcasts, or videos, and include clear, concise instructions that empower non-educator family members to help a student succeed.
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.
High School Resources for Remote Learning During COVID-19
Our friends at XQ compiled a list of high school resources on remote learning, focusing on how best to support students during COVID-19 school closures.
Curated Online Learning Experiences
Wide Open School
Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense.
High Quality Math Learning
Zearn Math is providing their K-5 math curriculum—including 400 hours of digital lessons with on-screen teachers and supportive remediation—for free during this time. Kids, teachers, parents, and caregivers can directly access their content, which includes paper-based materials that can be used without a device.
Resources for Educators
The Role of AI in the COVID-19 Crisis
AI4ALL Open Learning is a free, project-based artificial intelligence education program, facilitated by community members, that gives students the tools to solve problems they care about using AI. Their newest module provides high school teachers with a free online lesson to engage students around AI’s role in the current crisis.
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.
COVID-19 Grief and Loss Resource Kit
Brooklyn Laboratory High School
This resource kit was developed by educators at Brooklyn Laboratory High School who bravely turned their own heartbreaking experiences into a tool to help other schools navigate community loss.
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.
Individualized Feedback for Teachers during COVID-19
Through 1-1 feedback with an online instructional coach trained in remote learning, EdConnective helps teachers improve their proficiency with distance learning. Their “Educator Genius Bar” allows teachers to get individualized answers to distance-learning related questions as well.
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.
Education All Learners during COVID-19
Educating All Learners Alliance (EALA)
EALA is providing case studie and educator guides, as well as hosting webinars and “office hours” for educators to connect with experts, leaders and colleagues. Partners include InnovateEDU, CCSO, ISTE, The Education Trust and numerous organizations dedicated to students with disabilities.
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.
Distance Learning Resources for Educators of English Language Learners
Ellevation Distance Learning is a new, free K-12 resource that includes instructional activities in English and Spanish to help educators engage EL students online and offline, math activities to help ELs access grade-level content, and a video and podcast series to provide inspiration for how to support ELs during school closures.
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.
Kick Start Action Civics
Bring your virtual classroom to life by learning how to teach Action Civics through this free online course.
Remote Citizenship Education Resources
High Resolves’ digital “Composer” platform enables educators to centrally reach civics education providers and receive guidance/support in crafting individually tailored, high quality, remote learning experiences.
Remote Learning Toolkit
Whether you’re an educator or a parent, iCivics' free civics resources provide enrichment activities and lessons to keep learning going at home.
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.
Tools and Resources for School Closures
Free access to Nearpod, daily live webinars focused on home-based learning, and other tools and resources with up-to-date details around COVID-19.
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.
Online Learning for Teachers and District Leaders
New Teacher Center
New Teacher Center is launching a series of communities of practice, webinars, and resources for the education community. They will use their organizational resources to invite experts from across the field to support district leaders and educators through collaborative communities to share the solutions that are working to meet the vast needs of students.
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.
Daily Webinar Series on Virtual Learning for Educators
Panorama Education is providing a set of virtual workshops for educators around things like building connectedness and belonging for students while schools are closed and using Zoom to connect with students and families.
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.
Health-Focused Virtual Resources
Peer Health Exchange
Peer Health Exchange provides a library of free, virtual health resources covering topics such as mental health, substance use, healthy relationships and others to help you take care of yourself during these challenging times.
COVID-19 Resource Hub
Teach For America
Resources to support students and communities during the coronavirus outbreak, including online teaching support, curriculum and school management resources, and more.
Educator Resources Covering the Insurrection in Washington D.C.
In the coming days and weeks, educators will offer students critical context for the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. These resources can help scaffold conversations and discussions to come.
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.
Math Resources at Home
YouCubed provides lesson plans, online courses, and other resources that help people develop positive relationships with mathematics and realize their potential as 21st-century mathematical thinkers.
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.
District Responses to COVID-19 School Closures
Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE)
This project attempts to provide transparency around school closures so decision-makers can find solutions as quickly as possible.
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.
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.
COVID-19: Higher Education Resource Center
Get the latest on closures, emergency-planning resources, helpful tips, and resources from experts.
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.
Tracking State Legislation on the Coronavirus
This resource provides an up-to-date tracker on bills and resolutions introduced in response to COVID-19.
Managing Use of Ed Tech During Remote Learning
A set of tools that help schools and districts manage the selection and use of ed tech products. Special support for equity and student data privacy. Includes a new, free tool called My EdTech List which lets anyone build a list of ed tech products and share it with others such as teachers and parents.