Below is a list of educational resources for schools, districts, and parents/families being offered to continue student learning while schools are closed due to COVID-19. Please check back regularly. This list will be updated as we receive information on additional resources.
Classroom Activities for Teachers
GUIDELINES FOR REOPENING SCHOOLS from the AASA COVID-19 Recovery Task Force
Click here for Team Digital's information on guiding educators for student-focused change.
Community and School Sponsored Team Sports (here) - Effective June 1. 2020
(DESE) has identified a limited list of academic-related summer programs/activities that can resume on school campuses, beginning June 1. Current health directives are being applied to school district operations in the phase-in approach for allowing onsite summer activities to begin, and the directives in the linked document must be followed if a district chooses to allow these activities onsite. The guidelines can be accessed here.
Click here for Onsite PD Guidance from DESE
Click here for CDC Decision Tree For Re-Opening Schools.
NWEA just released our latest research brief, “The COVID-19 slide: What summer learning loss can tell us about the potential impact of school closures on student academic achievement.”
This new study provides insights on what district and school leaders can expect based on our valid and reliable data. The first link is to the research paper. https://www.nwea.org/content/uploads/2020/04/Collaborative-Brief_Covid19-Slide-APR20.pdf This is a link to the recorded webinar: https://info.nwea.org/wbr-covid19-closures-and-learning-loss-od.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=pa-invite&utm_campaign=wbr-covid19-learning-loss
Comcast is offering qualifying students and parents eligibility for 60 days of free internet through Comcast Internet Essentials during the pandemic.
Arkansas PBS: Click HERE to sign up for Arkansas PBS Daily Learning Resources.
CS for Arkansas - Click here for a comprehensive list of services available for students without in home internet.
NASA - Click here for resources for students, educators, and parents to engage students at home.
Arkansas AIMS - Click here for a comprehensive list of online resources specifically for math learning and skill building.
Tech for Learners - Click here for searchable database of various resources for online learning.
Amplify - Click here for science and reading resources for K-8 students.
Investigations 3 - Click here for various resources for math engagement.
Bedtime Math - Click here for fun math engagement tactics and games for parents of younger kids.
Brain Pop - Click here for activities in science, math, social studies, engineering and technology and more.
CK-12 Foundation - Click here for math, science and social students lessons for various ages.
Khan Academy - Click here for online resources for K-12 students to dive into math, science and the humanities.
Smithsonian Learning Lab - Click here for digital tools and resources from Smithsonian’s museums, research centers, libraries and more.
Virtual Field Trips - Click here for ideas that help students connect to what they are learning in geography, life science and social studies.
Click here for AMI Instructional Guidance for Extended Year AMI
Commissioner Memo LS-20-101 AMI Instructional Guidance
Focus Skills are—simply put—the building blocks of student learning. Based on extensive research into how learning progresses in reading and mathematics, Focus Skills provide a roadmap for closing learning gaps as you move every student toward greater mastery. For more information on Arkansas Literacy and Math Focus Skills to close the Covid-19 Gap: https://www.renaissance.com/focus-skills/
Click here for a Blueprint for Back to School - Shared by Scholastic.
Data Overload -- If you think you are suffering from data overload then you are not alone. A problem for school administrators is that you have to go to so many different sites for you and your teachers to pull data together. SmartData provides a solution for that problem and already at least 30 Arkansas school districts are using this solution. Contact Tim Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org and click HERE for additional information.
Renaissance is offering several free programs that enable students to access literacy and math activities and to complete assignments remotely. School Districts have complimentary access to: - myON News delivers engaging, kid-friendly reporting on US and world events, in English, French, and Spanish. - myON Books provides 24/7 access to thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles through a personalized literacy experience. - Freckle helps educators differentiate instruction and practice across math, ELA, social studies, and science. For more information—simply click Renaissance at Home Resources or reach out to Erica.Rials@renaissance.com and Evelyn.Chandonais@renaissance.com to begin your setup.
Scholastic has opened a website with free instructional content for students while away from school. They are designed to limit the need for printing and allow students to learn independently or with their families. Click (here) for additional information on Scholastic Learn at Home. Click here for a variety of learn at home resources for parents to keeps students engaged and learning in fun ways.
Districts can create resource guides for parents and families to support and engage them in the learning experience. For example, ZUNI Learning Tree, an Arkansas-based learning app, is offering free accounts to parents and teachers.
Digital Promise, a national platform, has compiled some of the best resources and exemplars for schools and families preparing for online learning in response to COVID-19.
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Classworks is offering free remote learning resources from HERE
JASON Learning is offering free access to its full curriculum offerings to all districts in the country through the end of April. The cross curricular model of curriculum that JASON offers blends reading, writing, streamed video, interactives that reach the 21st century learning concepts on a platform of STEM. By using JASON's single sign on for a district, teachers have access to all materials using their preferred method of dissemination, i.e. Google Classroom, Microsoft 360, or other platforms. Check here for more information.
Teacher Created Materials (TCM) is a publisher of standards based, engaging supplemental and intervention resources across the content areas. TCM has made available free downloadable resources across the content areas that are suitable for at home learning.
Apple: Virtual one-on-one coaching sessions with Apple Professional Learning specialists are available for free to help educators hone their approach to online student learning and workflows. Send an email to email@example.com to request a virtual coaching session. The App Store has created the Learn and Study From Home collection to help educators and parents get the most out of their Apple products. Find best practices for how to clean your Apple products here.
Winsor: A new series of online professional development workshops is being offered to our members by Winsor at no cost. Beginning immediately, you can sign up for any of the professional development workshops here. Winsor is also providing at no cost three weeks of lesson plans that parents can use to teach and reinforce progress in reading for their children, grades K-5. To download, go to: https://bit.ly/2QqALbi.
Discovery Education - Click here for resources and instructional materials about viruses and outbreaks and free access to Discovery Education Experience (superintendents are encouraged to sign up their districts).
Learning Blade - Click here for teacher and parent resources to explore STEM in the context of careers and technologies.
Everfi - Click here for K-12 digital lessons for teachers to engage students in game-based, interactive lessons.