COVID-19 Resources for Educators
Last updated 12/11/2020
- 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. She also compiled a list of contests and competitions that students can enter and win cash prizes, recognition from major publications and other amazing opportunities to keep your child motivated during distance learning.
- 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: The Center’s recently expanded website includes more than 150 new online learning resources, including videos, articles, demonstrations, activities, and more. With CONNECT Educate @ Arizona Science Center™, students can catch up, stay current or get ahead. Arizona Science Center’s science learning Road Map outlines a path forward—both week to week and year to year for kids in grades K-8. This includes yearly goals and lesson plans…all built to meet or exceed the state of Arizona’s Science Standards.
EdHelper.com: Free worksheets, resources, and suggestions that may help parents navigate homeschooling while schools are closed for in-person learning. Geared for K-8 students.
GEAR UP Math Institute: The Arizona K12 Center has openings for their GEAR UP Math Institute. The multi-day class (the next class is happening online from February 2 – April 27, 2021) offers middle and high school math teachers new and innovative ways to teach algebra and pre-algebra. For more information, visit the Arizona K12 Center. Deadline to register is January 15, 2021.
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.
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.
Our World: Arizona Educational Foundation’s new Our World program is a ground-breaking initiative that provides training and workshops on anti-racism, equity, diversity, and inclusion for educators, businesses, and higher education. Training is designed and facilitated by Arizona Teachers of the Year and higher education partners. Our World is provided free of charge to any Arizona public school because of generous support provided by Boeing.
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 Arizona’s Department of Mathematics Center for Recruitment and Retention of Mathematics Teachers: The Arizona Department of Education announced a new partnership, supported by CARES Act funds, with the University of Arizona to offer new free professional learning opportunities for all K-12 Arizona math teachers statewide through September 2021. The workshops are designed to deepen teachers’ mathematical understanding, promote hands-on, student-centered lessons, examine alternative ways to present particular topics, including using technology, develop effective pedagogical practices, and model effective teaching. The Center will also host the annual Mathematics Educator Appreciation Day conference for K-12 educators in January 2021.
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).