Resources for Schools

Continuing education during a global pandemic requires school administrators to think differently about education delivery. This resource collection provides, at a high-level, practical tips and resources that schools and other education institutions can disseminate or utilize to support continued learning outcomes while students are learning at home.

  • Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning for Education Agencies: Ensuring Continuity of Teaching and Learning During Prolonged Absences, Dismissals, and Closures. For schools, continuity of operations (COOP) planning means preparing to support the whole school community in the event of short- and long-term student and staff absences, school dismissals, and/or school closures. The COOP plan — contained in what is known as an “annex” within a school emergency operations plan (EOP) — will describe how a school or district will work to provide for the continuation of essential services during prolonged absences caused by emergencies (e.g., an infectious disease outbreak, natural disaster, or power outage). More…
  • COVID-19: Resources for Charter School Programs (CSP) Grantees. This resource repository from the National Charter School Resource Center (NCSRC) provides resources to support Charter School Programs (CSP) grantees during the COVID-19 pandemic. The resources include available federal guidance as well as links to share how other grantees are supporting schools, students, and families during COVID-19. More…
  • Innovative Implementation of Educational Technology in Juvenile Justice Settings. This Neglected and Delinquent TA Center (NDTAC) webinar provides overviews of current educational technology policy and practice contexts, educational technology implementation strategies to address prevalent safety concerns and policy obstacles, effectiveness and cost benefits of correctional education and educational technology, and innovative approaches to utilizing educational technology in Kentucky and Oregon. More…
  • Virtual Toolkit for Educators. The Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform (CEEDAR) Center provides a repository of COVID-19 related resources for educators to ease a rapid transition to online content delivery. More…
  • Refining Your Distance Learning Strategies Using A Data-Driven Approach: The Evidence to Insights Coach. This REL Mid-Atlantic webinar discusses a free tool that districts and schools can use to test and identify—in real time—which online learning approaches work best for their own students. Presenters share what districts and schools will need to make the tool work for you and how you can be strategic about using existing data. More…
  • Engaging English Learners and Families through Distance Learning. Family and community engagement are an essential part of student success. With COVID-19 related school closures and the transition to distance learning, many schools are working to sustain engagement with EL families and communities, and to ensure two-way communication to build school and community capacity. In this webinar hosted by the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), panelists share best practices and examples for continuous EL family and community engagement in the current remote environment. ..
  • School Reopening Webinar Series. In this webinar series, IDRA EAC South (EAC Region II) explores what the future may hold for school re-openings, mental health and student emotional well-being in the wake of a myriad of issues facing today’s youth.
    • Student Perspectives on a Changing School Climate (June 16, 2020). What does the future hold for school re-openings, mental health and student emotional well-being in the wake of a myriad of issues facing today’s youth? Our student panelists help listeners understand the needs of their peers on issues, such as COVID-19, school safety, immigration, and the Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements.
    • Nurturing Students’ Hearts and Minds (June 23, 2020). A panel of advocates and practitioners discuss the needs of students on issues such as COVID-19, school safety, immigration, and the Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements that schools will need to prepare for as they reopen..
    • Getting Schools Ready to Support Students Facing a New World of Challenges (June 30, 2020). Moderated by Dr. Paula Johnson, Director, IDRA EAC-South, a panel of student advocates and educational leaders provide policy recommendations to district decision-makers on reopening schools in response to these uncertain times.
  • For additional Learning at Home resources from other federal partners, please visit the Department’s COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel.
  • Best Practices for Creating Take-Home Packets to Support Distance Learning. This infographic by Regional Educational Laboratory Pacific for district leaders, school leaders, and teachers provide strategies for designing and distributing take-home packets and assessing student learning.
  • When Teachers and Students Are Separated: Strategies from Research on Social Presence for Teaching at a Distance. This infographic by Regional Educational Laboratory Southeast for teachers and school leaders provide a “social presence” framework for increasing student engagement and connects with strategies that can be applied in face-to-face classrooms or when teachers and students are physically separated in the context of online courses.

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Last Modified: 12/08/2020