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Page last updated: August 18, 2020.

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

  • Common Sense Education compiled resources and tools to help transition to online and at-home learning. 
  • 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. 
  • BLUUM has collected resources for Idaho schools, families, and national & local partners. 
  • 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. 
  • Zoom has temporarily lifted the 40-minute time limit on free Basic accounts for schools affected by the Coronavirus. 

Resources for Early Childhood Education

  • The Ounce of Prevention Fund is providing policy recommendations to states in light of COVID-19 to minimize disruptions to essential programs and services for the youngest learners.
  • Committee for Economic Development has compiled a clearinghouse of resources to help child care providers access federal support.   
  • Core Knowledge Foundation provides open access to curriculum materials for preschool through grade 8, including the Core Knowledge Curriculum Series. 

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.
  • Juvenile Law Center has a few tips for those working with young people who have experienced homelessness or foster care and are being displaced from their colleges or programs of higher education.
  • School House Connection offers resources to help meet the needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness.

Resources for Students with Disabilities

  • 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 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

  • AccuWeather has a virtual summer camp that provides reading materials and visual experiments, learning activities, and craft projects for an engaging and fun educational experience for children.
  • 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.
  • Charter Communications is offering free access to broadband and Wi-Fi for 60 Days to K-12 and college student households and more. 
  • Classroom Champions is offering the SEL Foundations Curriculum and a series of resources for free to help start social and emotional learning (SEL) conversations with students and families. 
  • Comcast is offering free unlimited data, opening the Xfinity WiFi network nationally for free, waiving late fees, and helping low-income families get connected.
  • 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. 
  • Early Learning Nation offers 8 strategies to keep children healthy and happy in a parent's guide to surviving COVID-19.
  • Ed Choice has collected, tips, and tricks from a homeschooling researcher. 
  • 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. 
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is offering free online courses for K-12 students on topics ranging from aeronautics and meteorology, to computer applications, history and more. 
  • The Fordham Institute has compiled resources for learning from home during COVID-19 school closures. 
  • Great Minds is offering free recorded daily lessons of their curriculum, which is available on all devices for PK-12 students.
  • The Institute of Education Statistics has collated resources for students and families stuck at home due to COVID-19.
  • The Kennedy Center is offering art lessons called "Lunch Doodles" everyday at 1:00pm ET.
  • Khan Academy has resources for remote learning during school closures, including upcoming webinars on setting daily schedules with kids.    
  • Mawi Learning is providing free access to 3 blended and online SEL programs.
  • Michael Robbins is engaging teens in learning during the coronavirus crisis.
  • MIND Research Institute is providing resources and no-cost access to ST Math for parents, teachers, and students so learning can keep on happening at home.  
  • 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 Geographic has collections of free activities for educators, parents, and  caregivers to implement with K–12 learners. 
  • The New York Academy of Sciences has created a six-week innovation challenge, where students ages 13-17 from around the world will have the opportunity to form virtual teams to develop technology-based solutions to slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • 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.
  • Rosetta Stone is offering free access to language learning to students for the next three months. 
  • 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.
  • University of Colorado School of Education & Human Development's National P-3 Center provides guidance on how to best support at-home learning, focusing on effective teaching & learning in the early grades.
  • USGS has launched a new learning from home portal with weekly lesson plans and activities for K-12 students.
  • 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

Resources for Education Leaders and Policymakers

  • Catapult Learning’s training series for educators explores best practices for educators to help transition virtual learning.
  • Center for the Study of Education Policy has resources available to support district and school leaders in applying an inquiry approach while navigating through and beyond the crisis period. 
  • 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.
  • Council of Chief State School Officers has released a framework to assist state education leaders in planning for the restart of schools.
  • 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 launched a new educator resource center, featuring professional learning assets and opportunities to support school systems and educators implementing virtual learning initiatives.
  • Education Week is mapping school closures due to Coronavirus.
  • Educating All Learners Alliance is a new resource hub aimed at helping educators reach all students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Education Trust - West offers recommendations on how to equitably address learning, promotions, transitions, and grades in light of school and college closures.
  • 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.
  • Food Research and Action Center has provided school administrators with resources on Summer Nutrition Programs to ensure that student nutritional needs are being met.
  • Mathematica's recent 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 recently 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 addressing equity concerns and accessibility of instruction for all students, time spent in online learning, teacher resources and support, and services for students with disabilities. 
  • National Board for Professional Teach Standards offers educators free webinars and resources for professional development. 
  • National Comprehensive Center has developed considerations for state and district policymakers on evidence-based strategies and innovative approaches to support teachers and teacher candidates during and following the COVID-19 crisis.
  • 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.
  • New Leaders offers targeted resources & leadership support to school leaders & educators in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • No Kid Hungry is offering emergency grants to support local school districts and nonprofit organizations in their efforts to ensure kids get the nutritious food they need.
  • TEACH-NOW is offering free professional development courses through June 2020.
  • The Waldron Charitable Fund has announced $1M in grants to support local nonprofit organizations serving the health, nutrition, and special education needs of underserved children impacted by school closures nationwide.

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.
  • Bellwether is also compiling "Resources to Support Special Populations of Students"
  • 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.