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Page last updated: January 12, 2021.

External COVID-19 Resources

With tens of millions of children out of school around the country, we are facing an unprecedented moment in American education. We are maintaining the list of external resources below for schools, families, and students. We'll continue to update this page, so feel free to email us at contactus@bellwethereducation.org with anything else you think we should include.

Resources for Schools 

  • 5OCAN's The New Reality Roundup Weekly Blog offers a bi-weekly overview of resources, news stories, and other items of interest related to education.

  • AASA and several other organizations with Emily Oster provides a dashboard built from survey data frequently updated to provide educational leaders and policy-makers with information on how schools are reopening, and what factors contribute to safe reopening.

  • BLUUM has collected resources for Idaho schools, families, and national & local partners. 
  • Center for Reinventing Public Education (CPRE) gives an update on a nationally representative sample of school district reopening plans.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines updated on December 30, 2020, and includes guidance for schools.

  • EL Education offers a wealth of free online resources for teacher professional learning and a large collection of projects to inspire work students can do at home. 
  • Oklahoma Public School Resource Center has an online learning platform that is now open to all schools, regardless of membership. Teachers, administrators, and board members can all take advantage of online courses. 
  • TNTP has updated its Learning Acceleration Guide. In addition to more specific advice on how to implement learning acceleration in a virtual setting, this provides specific, measurable goals that districts can use to assess their progress this school year.
  • Zoom has temporarily lifted the 40-minute time limit on free Basic accounts for schools affected by the Coronavirus. 

Resources for Early Childhood Education

Resources for Youth in Foster Care and Homeless Youth

  • American Youth Policy Forum offers resources for justice-involved youth in their COVID-19 response info hub.
  • School House Connection offers resources to help meet the needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness.
  • The74 analyzes the challenges of online learning and cautions against punitive actions.
  • The74 addresses the challenges particular to students within the foster care system.

Resources for Students with Disabilities

  • Bellwether maintains an updated list of Resources to Support Special Populations of Students.
  • Edutopia offers schedules, sensory supports, and more strategies in special education to help kids learn from home to help smooth transition to remote learning.
  • National Center for Learning Disabilities provides resources for parents, educators, and legislators in support of students with disabilities.
  • National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools has compiled important guidance on how schools must still provide students with disabilities the free, appropriate public education they are guaranteed. 

Resources for Parents

  • Be A Learning Hero has a roadmap to help parents keep their children on track while school is closed.
  • Big Apple Circus has weekly circus activities and study guides ranging from circus history to S.T.E.A.M.-based circus activities for kids.
  • Child Mind Institute offers resources, tips, and articles on a wide range of COVID related topics.
  • Comcast is offering free unlimited data, opening the Xfinity WiFi network nationally for free, waiving late fees, and helping low-income families get connected.
  • CRPE profiles four advocacy groups—The Oakland REACH; Parents Amplifying Voices in Education, or PAVE; Kids First Chicago; and Parent Revolution—that have been particularly effective in devising bold solutions during the current crisis.
  • Curriculum Associates has free at-home activity packs and guides in English and Spanish designed to provide students with valuable self-directed exercises and practice.  
  • Dreambox Learning is giving parents a 90-day free trial of Dreambox so children can learn at home. Sign up by April 30th. 
  • Ed Navigator is daily sharing out One Great Thing for Tomorrow, a simple list of tips, activities and resources to help make the most of the days when schools are closed. 
  • EL Education is offering a wealth of free online resources for teacher professional learning and a large collection of projects to inspire work students can do at home. 
  • The Fordham Institute has compiled resources for learning from home during COVID-19 school closures. 
  • Khan Academy has resources for remote learning during school closures, including upcoming webinars on setting daily schedules with kids.     
  • Latinos for Education has launched a brand new EdCentro online platform where members can connect virtually & access resources for Latinx educators, including resources for COVID-19. 
  • National Association for Music Education offers webinars, including one for teaching students with disabilities. 
  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network shares recommendations from experts for educators supporting students during the COVID-19 crisis. 
  • National Federation of Families provides videos, toolkits, activities to use at home and more to support parents and caregivers and their children during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • National Geographic has collections of free activities for educators, parents, and  caregivers to implement with K–12 learners. 
  • Reading Rockets has free resources for young children to read, write, and explore while they're at home. 
  • ReadWriteThink has activities and projects, tips and how-to’s, printouts, and more to focus on reading and writing for K-12 students.
  • Rocketship Public Schools has a Distance Learning Launchpad that offers resources, tools, and advice to support and advance student learning and character development from home. 
  • Scholastic is listing day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing. 
  • Selma Online has released a visual history of the Civil Rights Movement leading to The Voting Rights Act of 1965.
  • Study.com has a comprehensive guide to help parents and students explore temporary homeschool solutions.
  • TNTP has compiled resources for learning at home.
  • University of Arizona College of Public Health has a communication toolkit for parents and teachers to help their kids better understand the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Varsity Tutors has free resources for live online classes taught by subject matter experts and interactive expert led virtual summer camps.
  • Zearn is offering their K-5 curriculum, including 400 hours of digital lessons with on-screen teachers and supportive remediation for free through no-cost individual accounts. 

Resources for Higher Education Institutions

  • Cambridge University Press has unlocked access to free textbooks and research. 
  • Entangled Solutions is helping to provide new resources, information, and insights on the impact of COVID-19 on the education landscape. 
  • Huron Consulting Group compiles regularly updated resources to help address your institutions of higher education and their most pressing needs.

Resources for Education Leaders and Policymakers

  • Catapult Learning’s training series for educators explores best practices for educators to help transition virtual learning.
  • Columbia University study includes a U.S. School Closure & Distance Learning Database that tracks in-person attendance across more than 100,000 schools from January through October 2020.
  • Chiefs for Change has compiled resources from federal agencies, states, and districts.
  • Confianza’s "three C's" help address equity issues for English language learners in light of COVID-19.
  • Data Quality Campaign’s set of four resources designed to help leaders determine the best path forward by identifying short- and long-term steps to promote recovery in states and districts and to ensure student success. These include the topics of: report cards/transparency, using data to understand what works, individual student data, and student data privacy
  • Discovery Education has an educator resource center, featuring professional learning assets and opportunities to support school systems and educators implementing virtual learning initiatives.
  • Educating All Learners Alliance is a new resource hub aimed at helping educators reach all students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • English Learners Success Forum discusses five things districts and educators can do to support instruction for English learners during COVID-19.
  • ExcelinEd has a state-by-state snapshot and database of actions education systems have taken in response to COVID-19.
  • Leading Ed Partnerships has resources available to support district and school leaders in applying an inquiry approach while navigating through and beyond the crisis period. 
  • Mathematica's episode On The Evidence Podcast highlights research on implementing culturally responsive practices in light of school closures.
  • Michigan State University has a free online course on Remote Teaching to help educators educators transition to a range of remote teaching contexts. 
  • National Association of Charter School Authorizers is hosting a series of virtual convenings to support authorizers as they navigate challenges and questions raised by COVID-19 school closings.
  • National Alliance for Public Charter Schools hosted a webinar on what charter school leaders should know about recent federal COVID-19 legislation. 
  • National Association of State Boards of Education reviewed state guidance for reopening schools (October 2020). 
  • National Board for Professional Teach Standards offers educators free webinars and resources for professional development. 
  • National Council on Crime & Delinquency has COVID-19 resources for child welfare and juvenile justice professionals. 
  • National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) is providing recommendations for policymakers to ensure housing stability during a crisis.
  • The74 webpage with links to stories across the country about missing and disengaged students.

Additional Resources

  • 2U Public Health Degree's resource, "How Communities Can Prevent Panic in Uncertain Times,” discusses how to manage fear and anxiety in uncertain times, what precautions to take during a lasting public health crisis, and the role leaders can play in reducing panic.
  • AFT’s Share My Lesson site links to a variety of resources including by grade level.
  • Burbio's K-12 School Opening Tracker is a frequently updated map indicating virtual versus in person learning for K-12 public schools across the United States.
  • Massachusetts’ General Hospital offers a set of expert-recommended resources with practical strategies for parents and caregivers on communicating with children about coronavirus and preparing for family disruptions.
  • The Mental Health Association of Maryland has compiled a list of trusted resources to help students stay informed and take care of their mental health.
  • New Schools Venture Fund has a curated list of content, curricular, and other resources for teachers and families.
  • The Philanthropy Roundtable is highlighting examples of how private givers are responding to meet the needs of their communities and providing resources that grantors can use to help grantees navigate challenges.
  • PIE Network is providing links to guidance for states; districts and schools; families, teachers and students; college students; and network leaders and teams.
  • Wide Open School provides free learning activities for students of all ages and parent/teacher resources on key topics including equity and social justice.