COVID-19 Resources for Educators
Last updated 9/9/2020
- A Teenager’s Advice for Parents and Teachers on How to Make Learning at Home Fun for Students
This 15-year-old Scottsdale resident shares her advice for teachers and parents on making virtual learning both fun, structured, and interesting for students.
- Just Another Day by Tim Ramsey
An educator for more than three decades shares about his daily experiences teaching 7th grade writing virtually amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
Learning Heroes, along with National PTA and Univision, launched Ready to Partner, a research-based bilingual resource to help parents and teachers join forces as they prepare for a different kind of school year. Ready to Partner includes a one-pager (print/digital) with 5 steps to help parents navigate the school year, as well as an updated parent-teacher partnership tool that helps parents, teachers, and students partner to co-create a plan for student success. Learning Heroes, National PTA, GreatSchools, and Common Sense Media are also hosting a free webinar on September 10 at 2 p.m. ET to help support teacher’s family engagement strategies in the new school year.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: Free resources for teaching math online.
New Ages and Stages: First Things First has revamped a developmental milestone tool making it easier for early childhood providers and educators to share with families they work with. The new Ages and Stages online tool can help families know if their child is meeting typical developmental milestones — the things most children can do by a certain age. How their child plays, learns, speaks, acts and moves offers important clues. In addition, the online tool, which families can search by age group including infants, toddlers and preschoolers, offers activities that families can do with their child no matter their age to promote healthy development. This digital version, which is available in both English and Spanish, is adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program, which provided parents with a PDF checklist of developmental milestones. The new digital Ages and Stages is more interactive and includes:
- What to expect at each stage of your child’s development, from baby to toddler to preschooler.
- Video clips to see what the age-specific milestones look like in action.
- What to look for if you have any concerns about your child’s development.
- Tips and activities you can do with your child to help them learn and grow.
While all children develop at their own pace, the Ages and Stages tool is designed to help parents understand what’s happening at different stages of their child’s life and how they can help them learn and grow. As early childhood providers and educators, feel free to share the following short explanatory videos, created by FTF, in English or Spanish to help parents understand that knowing the signs and acting early can make a real difference.
STAR Online Learning System (SOLS): ADE/ESS and Early Childhood Education (ECE), and STAR Autism Support are collaborating to offer free resources and professional learning opportunities to support school staff through this unprecedented time. Learn more about how to get FREE access to tools intended to support remote learning for all learning levels, including children who have minimal language or are non-verbal, have motor skill limitations, or have challenges attending to instruction. All educators throughout Arizona may now receive FREE access to SOLS through STAR Autism Support. The STAR Online Learning System offers programming for early-childhood and primary age students, as well as for secondary students.
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).