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Last Updated April 1

Here is a round-up of resources and best practices on the web to help educators address the Coronavirus.

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Local Resources

St. Louis City and St. Louis County have landing pages where they are updating the latest news, guidelines, and mandates to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus locally.

SLPS and local charter schools are offering free meals for students in St. Louis City.

The United Way 2-1-1 is keeping an updated list of resources for food, utilities, and other local relief efforts.

Guides and Information

Edsurge has up-to-date news and resources for transitioning to online learning, including a weekly webinar for school leaders on how to move classes online.

Edweek has a landing page for news and updates concerning the Coronavirus and Schools including a map of school closures and a downloadable guide for schools.

The New York Times has a mega-thread on teaching and learning during school closings.

Transcend has created a hub with some of the best resources for staying informed and for implementing online learning.

Instruction Partners has a resource page that walks you through key decision and action points: planning your response, supporting student health, determining your instructional model, communicating your plan, and supporting your team.

BoardOnTrack is hosting webinars for charter school boards even if you are not a current member – you can view the slides or register for their next webinar.

Wide Open School is an effort of 25+ organizations to centralize tools for parents and educators in the wake of the coronavirus.

Setting up a Remote Classroom 

Google for Education has many resources for online learning and is expanding access to premium tools for free to schools affected by COVID-19. Read Google for Education’s COVID-19 guides and resources.

Zoom is offering it’s video conferencing platform to K-12 schools for free. Here are some tips and tricks on how to best use zoom for online learning.

Bellwether Education Partners is offering short-term pro-bono assistance to schools and districts that are figuring out how to address a variety of issues related to operations, strategy and decision-making, state and federal policy guidance, curriculum and instruction, and financial planning.

Here are some highlighted tools for moving your lessons to an online format:

Achieve the Core has free, ready-to-use classroom resources that support excellent, standards-aligned instruction for all students.

Edweek published a story about different types of remote learning that aren’t online.

Tools for Parents and Educators

Channel Nine has a Learning Toolkit for educators and caregivers that features free access to educational programming and games that is all aligned to MO and IL state learning standards. Much of the material is also available in Spanish.

TNTP created a list of free online courses for students across grades and subjects.

Here is a list of hundreds of free online resources during the Coronavirus – this list is being crowdsourced and regularly updated by educators across the globe.

Parents can sign up through EdNavigator to recieve a daily message via email to help plan one great thing for learning the next day.

Wide Open School is an effort of 25+ organizations to centralize tools for parents and educators in the wake of the coronavirus.

Students with Disabilities

The National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools has published requirements, guidelines, and resources for educating students with disabilities while schools move to remote learning.

The Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) is keeping a google doc of considerations to help guide decision making.

Child Wellbeing

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has resources for helping children and families cope with social distancing and to prevent panic.

ASCD has guidance on how schools can respond to this public health crisis using the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model to support students and their families.

The CDC has published guidelines on how to talk to children about COVID-19.

Stories and Plans from Schools

Learn how Northshore School District in Washington transitioned to online learning and some of the lessons they learned along the way.

KIPP is sharing their extensive resource bank which includes plans and guides for everything from operations to caring for staff’s mental health.

Read a teacher’s account of moving the classes online from Bergen County, NY.

The Charter School Growth Fund complied a post with high-quality practices and resources that schools are using and they’re continuing to update with lessons learned.

Democracy Prep Baton Rougue shared a video documenting their initial response closing school.

District Responses to COVID-19 School Closures – The top 12 districts across the US share their early plans for teaching, learning, and supports during the pandemic in this database.

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