Coronavirus - Educator resources


Connecting During COVID: Conversations Hosted by Education Minnesota
Now, more than ever, educators need to connect. Distance learning isn’t easy for staff, students or families and is highlighting the growing disparities in our schools and communities. 

Education Minnesota has launched a bi-weekly conversation series, Connecting During COVID, where educators can share ideas and successes as well as talk about their needs and concerns during these unprecedented times.

The next virtual event is Thursday, May 14 from 6:30-8 p.m. 
Registration coming soon!

Educators break out into small groups to discuss topics – such as educator wellness, student wellbeing and distance learning best practices -- chosen by participants during registration. 

Couldn't make our first conversation April 30? Links to notes from breakout rooms below:


AFT online resources for educators/students/parents 

Remote Learning Community - Preparing for the Coronavirus 
To help you during school closures, Share My Lesson launched a new community for educators, school staff, parents and community members to find and share ideas, tips, resources and free lessons. In this community, you will find remote learning resources to address the needs of children who may have to stay home from school for prolonged periods of time. You can also engage with fellow educators and parents in the discussion section and share helpful tips, or ask for advice. 

Help us add lessons for remote learning, or share how your community or school is preparing by uploading resources to share with educators across the country. What resources are you sending home with students? How are you communicating with your students if schools close down? Are there projects you are asking your students to do at home? Share your lesson plans, handouts and resources with educators from across the country. 

In this online community, you can: 

  • Join a discussion based on the grade or subject you teach to share ideas and ask the community for advice. 
  • Upload a lesson plan or resource to the Remote Learning Community that would be helpful for other educators or parents across the country. 
  • Stay up to date on all new coronavirus resources for school preparation and closure. 

AFT also just published an important checklist of questions you should ask your school or school district now to ensure everyone is prepared for distance learning. This checklist covers important questions on topics such as technology access, preparation and training, and technology support for English language learners and for students with disabilities. Use this checklist to ensure your school, students and parents are prepared. 

AFT learning resources by grade/topic

Share My Lesson recognizes the unique challenges parents, teachers and communities are faced with ensuring that children still learn effectively outside of school. In order to assist you with meeting the needs of your children and the expectations their schools hold them to, Share My Lesson tailored this collection of home learning resources to address the needs of children who may have to stay home from school for prolonged periods of time.

In this collection of learning at home resources, you’ll find simple ways to stay informed on being healthy, tips for engaging with your children on academic subjects and a variety of resources addressing the social and emotional needs of children who may have experienced trauma. Share My Lesson has your back with resources to support students, parents and teachers if/when schools close:


NEA Shared Resources 

NEA edCommunities  
NEA’s edCommunities is our premium online professional practice and learning area where educators can: 

  • CONNECT with virtual learning events to expand your PD opportunities.
  • COLLABORATE with other educators and education professionals.
  • SHARE classroom-ready resources and assessment and instruction materials.
  • ENGAGE with those who share your commitment to student success.

Common Sense Education EdTech Tools 
This robust library of more than 3,500 tools encompasses all P-12 grade levels and a variety of subject areas. 

Top 25 Learning Tools for When School is Closed 
Tech & Learning compiled their list of sites, platforms, and online resources that support remote learning when school is closed. 

105 Tools for Distance Learning & Strategies for Student Engagement  
The Albert team provides a comprehensive list of helpful learning tools, information on common benefits and drawbacks of remote learning, and a few strategies for keeping students engaged while remote. 


Strategies 

6 Lessons Learned About Remote Learning During the Coronavirus Outbreak  
This article provides best practices related to digital learning to ensure quality and engaging instruction during the suspension of face-to-face learning during the COVID-10 pandemic. 

10 Strategies for Online Learning During a Coronavirus Outbreak
This article includes best ideas from educators from around the world, many of whom have already been teaching during coronavirus closures. 

Higher education 

8 Tips for Setting Up and Teaching Online Classes During Coronavirus Closures
This article provides a step-by-step guide on how to prepare for and teaching in Higher Education from one’s online introductory video to assisting students who are having difficulty adjusting to the transition. 

7 Guidelines for Successful Teaching Online
Similarly, this article provides tips for online teaching in higher education; however, it also provides guidelines on ‘active’ learning, group assignments, and multimedia assignments. 


How to Make Your Online Pivot Less Brutal
This article provides tips, best practices, and encouragement for higher education faculty to provide engaging pedagogy regardless of one’s comfort level with online teaching.

 

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Google sheets

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has created "Teachers Helping Teachers," four Google sheets to collect links to materials teachers can use for distance learning. Each sheet has subject tabs at the bottom to help organize the materials, such as videos, units, projects, etc. Educators who have anything to share should add it to the sheets, as well as access any of the links.


Other online resources

Numerous education companies have been offering free access to their apps, platforms and content for educators, parents and students to use. As always, use caution when using for-profit apps that may require students, parents or yourself to input personal information. 

Educators and education companies have also been collecting enrichment activities that students can do at home, both with and without parental input.

150+ Enrichment Activities for Children While Parents are Working Remotely 

Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions due to School Closings 




















Deaf and Hard of Hearing Resources 
In response to K-12 school closures across the United States due to COVID-19, a few concerned teachers and blind mentors are offering a homework help hotline for blind/vision impaired students who may need specialized help during remote learning.


Online professional development

ATTENTION: All Education Minnesota professional development is canceled through June -- with the possibility of future cancellations after that -- due to COVID-19. We hope to get as much as possible online in the coming weeks. We are also currently in discussions with PELSB on any extension of relicensure deadlines.


20 Trauma-Informed Videos
Our staff has compiled a comprehensive list of videos on trauma-informed teaching for viewing at home.

NEA webinars for ESPs
Watch current and archived NEA PD webinars specifically geared toward education support professionals.

Project Learning Tree online workshops
Project Learning Tree's multidisciplinary, hands-on activities can be easily integrated into lesson plans for all grades and subject areas.

Minnesota Historical Society teacher education webinars
Discover new teaching practices and broaden your knowledge through an MNHS professional development webinar.