Last updated 4/26/2020 at 3 p.m.
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Arizona Public Media and Arizona PBS: are partnering to offer Arizonans broadcast programming and accompanying digital resources that adhere to our state curriculum to provide continued at-home learning. The new 5 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. broadcast schedule includes specific blocks of time for students in pre-K through 12th grade and covers subjects including English language arts, social studies, science and math.
Arizona Capitol Museum: Online resources include fun, Arizona-related activities: Capital Crossword Puzzle, Arizona Word Search, and Kids and the Capitol: The Arizona Legislative Centennial Civics Project. Share your completed work using the hashtags #HistoryAtHome and #MuseumsAtHome.
Arizona Science Center: is offering weekly online lesson plans including hands-on activities, science demonstrations, and other learning materials for use in grades K-8. Sari on Science features their Chief Curiosity and Science Officer interpreting both what is happening in the rapidly changing environment triggered by the pandemic and supporting online learning. Their Blue Crew science interpreters and educators from the Learning Team offer regular science content and inspiration via virtual activities and demonstrations, including daily 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Facebook.
ASU for You: Whether you are a learner or an educator, this new offering from Arizona State University provides a flexible and growing set of digital educational assets for people of all ages and at all stages of their educational, career or lifelong learning journey.
ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College: Resources for parents to support learning at home during school closures with tips and a list of links to various websites and online learning opportunities.
Audible: Audible Stories is a free service that offers educational and entertaining audiobook content for kids, teens, and families. There are titles for beginning readers like Stone Soup and Winnie the Pooh, and for older readers, there’s Jane Eyre or The Call of the Wild, along with titles from authors like Dan Gutman, Ally Carter, Leigh Bardugo, and Julie Kagawa. In addition, there’s also fun educational content like children’s song collections. There are titles across six different languages, and it’s set up for kids through teens with easy-to-navigate categories, plus a section of literary classics.
Boeing: check out the 100 Days of Learning collection of lesson plans, videos, interactive media, and design challenges, all of which are intended to increase student interest and aptitude for 21st-century skills and can be used at home with your own kids.
Brain Breaks: Ideas for “brain breaks” when doing school work at home.
Brainpop: a subscription-based learning resources site is offering free access to its huge library of videos to schools and families impacted by COVID-19. It even has a video explaining coronavirus in an easy-to-digest format that kids (and adults) can understand.
Code.org: Coding lessons for all grade levels.
Cosmic Kids Yoga: Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation videos designed especially for kids aged 3+.
Daily Schedule: It is important to create a daily schedule to keep you and your kids sane. Check out this site for sample templates to help you get started.
Doodles with Mo Willems: Every day at 10 a.m. Arizona time, tune in for a live video with Mo Willems doodling.
Draw Everyday with JJK: Join author and illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka daily at 11 a.m. Arizona time for a daily drawing lesson and activity.
Duolingo: If you students is looking to practice a foreign language, or has been enrolled in a dual language program, Duolingo is a free, online resource to continue working on their language skills at home.
Fordham Institute: A thoughtful compilation of the best educational YouTube channels, educational videos, podcasts for kids and free online instructional materials.
Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation: The Foundation launched a free online learning tool for K-12 students. The six-week series will introduce a new STEAM-focused lesson and corresponding video weekly, as part of The Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Classroom.
GoNoodle – Active Screen Time: GoNoodle gets kids up and moving to fun, engaging content and games.
GreatSchools.org: Free resources in English and Spanish. Parents can find grade-based learning tool kits, including worksheets, book lists, tips and more.
Harry Potter At Home: This hub offers unique activities to keep keep kids occupied – including special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, craft videos, articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time Harry Potter readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world.
Johnson Space Center: Join Boeing and Discovery Education on a mission to inspire the world through aerospace innovation with an exclusive virtual field trip to historic Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
Junior Achievement Online Learning: Junior Achievement of Arizona has launched Instagram Live Lessons for kids. The live lessons are held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday (elementary), Wednesday (middle school) and Thursday (high school). JA also offers online learning resources for parents.
Junior Library Guild: offering unlimited free access to its online reading platform along with webcasts with various authors. Be sure to check out their new weekly webcast, Aiden Tyler, Quaran-teen with author Rex Ogle, every Tuesday at 11 a.m.
Khan Academy: Khan Academy offers exercises, quizzes, and tests so students can practice and master skills, as well as instructional videos to help students learn or review material. They are also holding special COVID-19 live streams for parents and teachers looking for resources.
KidsActivities.com: 40+ virtual field trips your kids can take from the couch.
KiwiCo: Offers these free at-home resources for kids (and their grownups).
Learning Care Group: Tutor Time Child Care and Learning Centers Valleywide remain open for working parents. The parent company is offering engaging learning activities you can do with your children at home. You’ll find activities that encourage children to move their bodies, exercise their minds, and even help out at home.
MathGames.com: Grade-based (pre-K through 8) online math games.
Mystery Science: an engaging, video-based learning website offering free and easy science ideas for remote learning for grades K-5.
National Emergency Library: The Internet Archive has temporarily suspended all waitlists, allowing you to immediately check out any of the 1.4 million books currently in our lending library. Until June 30 or the end of the US national emergency (whichever comes later), every borrowable book will be immediately accessible by anyone and they doubled the number of books you can check out at one time.
National Geographic Kids: NatGeo provides brain booster activities on its website, in addition to a Learn at Home page has material geared for Grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-12. Each day, parents and educators can check out National Geographic’s live broadcast videos. Students are connected with National Geographic explorers around the world. The videos, in English and Spanish, encourage students to get out and (safely) explore.
OdySea Aquarium: launched a Virtual Classroom featuring sharks. Coming soon: lessons on penguins, jellyfish, sea lions (vs. seals), the water cycle and coral reefs.
Phoenix Zoo: The Zoo is providing educational, fun, unique content and behind-the-scenes access to animals, keepers and the staff who keep the Zoo running even while the physical grounds are closed to the public. On the Digital Safari page you will find links to exclusive YouTube videos, blog posts, photos, animals facts and activities to keep the kiddos busy while stuck at home. Tune in every day at 1 p.m. for new content!
PHXTV Classroom: The city of Phoenix’s digital classroom, PHXTV Classroom, has expanded its programming and will stream live on Phoenix.gov/PHXTV from 9 – 11 a.m. daily, with a replay from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. PHXTV Classroom (also broadcast on Cox Cable channel 11 and CenturyLink 8005) will feature a variety of stories, with different programming each day, on history, science and art.
Save with Stories: Celebrities on Instagram are keeping kids occupied by reading stories.
Scholastic Learn At Home: Scholastic created a free, open-access digital hub with education materials for children in Pre-K to Grades 6-9. The website provides up to three hours of learning opportunities each day. Subjects include English language arts, STEM, science, social studies, and social-emotional learning. There is no login or account required.
Smithsonian: Parents and kids can play games, take a 3D look at some of the Smithsonian’s collections, and view photos and information about specific items in its collection.
The Spanish Experiment: Children’s stories translated into Spanish and spoken by a native Spanish speaker.
Southwest Human Development: at-home lesson plans for parents and caregivers to use with their young children.
TIME Magazine: the TIME for KIDS digital library is free for the rest of the school year.
Virtual Field Trips: A collection of sites to live webcams, virtual tours/trips, and other miscellaneous fun academic sites.
Wide Open School: Common Sense Media, a nonprofit whose mission is to help kids, families and educators coexist in a world of technology, has brought together select education, tech and media partners to help support the difficult transition to e-learning. They curated the best educational materials on the internet into one website called WideOpenSchool.org. The goal is to make it easier for parents and students alike to find ways to learn online during this challenging time.
Writing Prompts: Students can respond to daily writing prompts, inspired by The New York Times, at home for free.
100+ Activities For Kids to Do At Home: Here’s a list of 100+ ideas to help you keep your kids occupied in meaningful ways. While these ideas aren’t necessarily academic, they will learn from them. Real life skills, patience, problem solving, creativity, perseverance, and so much more.
Quarantine Advice from an Arizona Teacher of the Year
Check out our recent guest blog from Arizona Teacher of the Year Beth Maloney offering advice to parents out there to help keep the kids (and you) from going quaran-crazy!
How ‘regular school’ parents can homeschool their kids
School closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak mean millions of parents and guardians who have grown accustomed to sending their children to traditional school are trying to homeschool.
RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS
AZ Dept of Ed
Virtual Learning is a resource hub for teachers and families to assist them as they plan for non-traditional instruction and should be used with discretion and in the way that best fits with their school/district curricula. This is a living document that will be updated frequently.
Title IV-A Online Learning and Enrichment is a resource hub for teachers and families to assist them as they plan for non-traditional instruction and should be used with discretion and in the way that best fits with their school/district curricula. The resources include PE, Health, Arts, Virtual Field Trips, Teacher PD, Connectivity Resources, and Podcasts.
ADE’s Exceptional Student Services team has launched a new webpage solely dedicated to guidance and recommendations regarding special education services during the COVID-19 school closures. The new webpage includes information on the following: Teletherapy, Individualized Education Plans, Evaluations, FAQs, and more!
Age of Learning: Includes three software products: ABCMouse, geared towards kids 2-8 years old, Adventure Academy, which is a multi-player game geared towards kids 8-13 and Reading IQ, which is a virtual library that tests a child’s reading level and surfaces appropriate books for them. To get free access for families, your school must request it using this form.
Arizona Science Center: Each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:30 a.m., educators from their Learning Team present on Facebook Live, featuring teaching tips, virtual learning best practices, and review of weekly lesson plans. The Center’s recently expanded website includes more than 150 new online learning resources, including videos, articles, demonstrations, activities, and more.
EdHelper.com: Daily Free Learning Workbooks for teachers to share with parents while schools are closed.
Harry Potter Books: J.K Rowling and her team have announced a special, open licence for teachers to read the seven Harry Potter books aloud to their pupils in virtual read-a-long sessions on video. This means if you’re a teacher, you’ll be able to record yourself reading Harry’s Hogwarts adventures and share these with your pupils online.
i-Ready:Printable at-home activity packs 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.
Learning A-Z: Learning A-Z is offering free access to Raz-Kids and Headsprout to those schools that don’t have these products today, which will give your students full access to literacy resources from home, or any place with an Internet connection.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: Free resources for teaching math online.
University of Phoenix: offering K-12 educators free online courses from its Continuing Teacher Education collection. These courses help teachers to transition smoothly from in-person to online learning in the midst of COVID-19 and provides resources on how to keep students engaged in a virtual classroom.
WeAreTeachers.com: Free online learning resources for teaching your students virtually. Virtual classroom platforms, online quizzes and assessments, video lessons, and even complete curriculum plans to get you started. Everything here is free for schools closed due to the outbreak (and some are always free).
Ages & Stages Questionnaire: Valley of the Sun United Way recently opened the family access link to ASQs (developmental screenings) statewide since many families may be skipping well-check visits and other medical and developmental screening appointements. Visit VSUW.org/asq or text myasq to 51555 to learn more.
Arizona Together: Homeowners, employees, small businesses, students and others struggling financially or with limited resources as a result of the coronavirus pandemic can now tap into a large collection of growing resources on the website at ArizonaTogether.org. Anyone interested in volunteering in their community with organizations needing help also can register through the website.
Arizona Department of Education: ADE’s website has a complete list of meal services provided by each school district. Similar information can be found by visiting each school district’s website or via this online list maintained by ADE.
Arizona Food Bank Network: The Arizona Food Bank Network has a website allowing you to search your location to find a food bank near you.
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence: Current list of available childcare options during school closures.
ASU’s Resources for Indigenous Peoples: This webpage is a starting point for ASU students primarily, and the wider community seeking Indigenous-centric resources and tribal perspectives on COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).
Birth to Five Helpline: These are unusual and challenging times that we face. Staying connected by having someone to talk with or lend an empathetic ear is more important than ever to the well-being of families, our communities and our state. Birth to Five Helpline professionals are available to you by phone, text, or email.
Childcare: options for working parents amid shuttered schools, as some preschools and daycare centers remain open. On March 24, 2020, Governor Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman announced the launch of Arizona Enrichment Centers which will offer childcare for first responders, critical health care workers and essential public sector workers starting next week (March 30, 2020).
Select Boys and Girls Club locations are available to current members and open to new members with priority being given to healthcare and essential employees. Space is limited based on each location’s capacity.
Helping Hands is a new grassroots nonprofit created in response to this pandemic to connect able-bodied, willing volunteers with vulnerable individuals to deliver groceries and other essentials through its free, local, and community-powered service. High risk & need help? Get groceries delivered for free. Healthy & can help? Volunteer to deliver. Learn more: helpinghands.community.
Local First Arizona: From curb-side service and gift cards to discounts and delivery, this site is your go-to source for promotions to help support our local businesses.
UNIVERSITIES & COMMUNITY COLLEGE INFORMATION
Arizona State University, The University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University moved classes online for the remainder of the semester. The campuses at ASU and UA remain open, and students can still live in the dorms if necessary. Students who have other living arrangements are encouraged to stay away from campus. Other parts of campus that are open include food services, health centers, libraries and computer labs.
The University of Arizona announced March 20, it has canceled its graduation ceremonies due to the coronavirus. The university is planning an “alternate graduation experience” in place of the ceremony scheduled for May 15 and will give updates as early as March 27, according to the statement. At this time, many students are struggling to meet rent and utility obligations and to afford other basic necessities. The UA utilizes the Student Emergency Fund to support students who are in danger from withdrawing due to an unexpected, temporary financial hardship as a result of illness, family crisis, natural disaster, or other emergency or crisis situations.
Spring graduation ceremonies at Northern Arizona University won’t be happening this year, or at least not as originally planned. In an email to students and faculty, NAU President Rita Cheng said she made the decision to cancel commencement at the Skydome after much thought and careful consideration of the guidelines outlined by the CDC.
At Grand Canyon University, all but a few select classes on the Phoenix campus will be moved online for the remainder of the spring semester. The GCU Phoenix campus will remain open on a “limited” basis, including residential housing, the library and select food services.
Maricopa Community Colleges: All in-person and hybrid classes are suspended through Sunday, April 5, 2020. All current online classes will continue to be held as scheduled. Faculty are currently working on moving existing in-person and hybrid classes to alternative or online learning environments for the remainder of the Spring semester. They recognize that there are courses and learning experiences that cannot be delivered in an alternative learning format and are currently identifying solutions, All colleges have canceled all student activities, including athletic games and practices, and have postponed college events during this time period. MCC shared these top 8 tips for success with online classes. As of March 26, MCC cancelled all in-person Commencement and Convocation ceremonies scheduled for April and May 2020.
Arizona Western College in-person classes have transitioned to online wherever possible until March 27. AWC spring break is March 30 through April 3, during which the school will assess the situation. The college is currently providing students with library services and tutoring remotely, as well as advising, registration, etc.
Pima Community College has suspended face-to-face student and public services through March 27.
Arizona Christian University will extend its spring break through March 20, and all classes will be online for the remainder of the semester. The campus will remain open with housing for students and food services but, instead of chapel, messages of worship will be sent out weekly via social media.
Benedictine University‘s campus in Mesa is on spring break from March 16-20. Classes will be conducted virtually starting March 23, with in-person classes expected to resume April 6. The university has instructed students who could leave campus to do so by March 22 and take any items essential to their classwork with them.
Embry-Riddle is extending its spring break until March 18, when classes will resume online until at least April 6. Students who live on campus can return and pick up items they left, then return home or stay on campus. For students who aren’t able to return to campus to pick up critical items, the school will provide shipping assistance.
Yavapai College is moving to online-only for rest of the spring semester. All college faculty and staff were also ordered to telecommute and were prohibited from entering the college’s facilities until, unless they have approval from their vice president,
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TALKING TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT CORONAVIRUS
What does a kid like me need to know about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) [VIDEO]? (Source: Phoenix Children’s Hospital)
Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) A Parent Resource (Source: National Association of School Nurses and the National Association of School Psychologists)
Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019: Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children (source: Centers for Disease Control)
10 Tips for Talking with your Kids About Covid-19 (source: PBS)
Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to Talk to Your Child (source: KidsHealth)
Talking to kids about the coronavirus (source: Child Mind Institute)
Talking to Young Children About Coronavirus (source: First Things First)
Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic (source: Child Trends)
COVID-19 Communication Toolkit for Parents and Teachers (source: The University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health)
Hable con sus hijos sobre el COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Un recurso para padres (source: National Association of School Nurses and the National Association of School Psychologists)
Cómo hablar con los niños sobre el coronavirus (source: Child Mind Institute)
Additional Tips for Parents
Top 10 Tips for Parents (source: Arizona Department of Child Safety, Office of Prevention)
Los Diez Principales Consejos Para Padres (source: Arizona Department of Child Safety, Office of Prevention)
Healthy At Home: With the growing impact of the COVID-19 virus, this free toolkit is a resource to support families with information and resources for supporting the children in their care. Available in English and Spanish.
A Message from Expect More Arizona
Expect More Arizona’s staff will be working from home as we do our part to keep ourselves and others safe. We will leverage technology to remain available to our partners, members of the media, and individuals with whom we work.
More than ever before, we are reminded that many Arizona students and families face myriad challenges that are compounded in times like these. We will continue to advance our mission of ensuring every student receives an excellent education every step of the way, both now and in the future.
We are focused on serving as a resource for our partners, families and local communities by providing timely and accurate information, tips and tools. In the short-term, we’ve compiled information for parents and caregivers about ways to talk with children during these difficult times, what’s happening with schools and colleges, where to access education and community resources, and more. We will continue to update this list as we receive additional information and resources to share. Down the road, we’ll help develop and disseminate information about the long-term implications of school closures and specific education advocacy opportunities.
These are definitely unsettling times, but Arizona has a long history of endurance and determination, and our diverse communities are filled with resilient, hard-working students and individuals, including AMAZING educators. Working together and supporting one another, Arizona can rise from this challenge stronger than ever.