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District Planning

The resources provided in this section may be helpful as schools and districts refine their continuity of learning plans, and are intended to be sources of ideas and options only.

It is understood that decisions made by one district or school may not be feasible or ideal for another district or school. 

Decisions on instruction and learning, including any technology tools used to facilitate, support, or enhance learning, are made at the local level.

Planning Tools and Points for Consideration: Online Learning
  1. Continuity of Learning Tools, Aurora Institute (formerly iNACOL)
    • Resources for educators, school leaders, and education policymakers at all levels with helpful resources to navigate the challenges presented by the coronavirus outbreak. [Resources] are intended to help school communities prepare for change and to focus on the facts to protect public health, mitigate confusion, prevent panic — and continue teaching and learning.  
  2. SETDA Coalition for eLearning
    • SETDA, the State Educational Technology Directors Association, has assembled vetted examples, resources and thinking from their trusted state members, affiliates and partners to assist states, districts, and school leaders get started with remote learning during this challenging time of COVID-19. Please note, while these are reliable examples and tools, they have not been implemented for large-scale, extended emergency digital learning. Here are some initial considerations and starting documents. 
  3. 10 Strategies for Online Learning During a Coronavirus Outbreak, ISTE
    • Members of ISTE’s professional learning networks have identified key practices for successful online learning programs. 
  4. COVID-19 Response: Preparing to Take School Online, CoSN
    • The Consortium for School Networking (COSN) has released a document that includes key considerations for districts contemplating moving classrooms online.  Includes key considerations on topics including teacher and student readiness and preparation, systems, devices, network access and internet connectivity, cybersecurity, and Technical support.
Social Emotional Learning Resources

Students and teachers transitioning to online learning and practicing social distancing are experiencing a major, and likely disconcerting, change in daily activities and interactions, and with that, are under a great deal of stress. During this period in which our ability to check in on one another in person is limited, it is even more critical that we find ways to reach out and check in with each other virtually, supporting everyone’s social emotional learning (SEL) and mental health. Consider offering explicit online SEL or mental health education lessons or incorporate opportunities to practice SEL competencies within academic subject areas. Using community circles in virtual staff meetings and online classes could offer all adults and students an opportunity to be heard, and to voice their experience and concerns. These circles might also offer insights as to adults or students who might benefit from an additional check-in. Consider offering adults, students, and families tools for coping with the stresses of isolation and anxiety in this difficult time. Clearly communicate to families how and where they can reach out with any concerns including by phone and email.

Technical Assistance Centers

Supporting Young People and Families


Supporting Adults

Online Learning

  • A New Realm: IFSEL’s Tips for Distance Learning - The Institute for Social and Emotional Learning has a number of ideas and practices specifically designed to help teachers navigate online teaching, but can easily help parents encourage SEL with their students. 
  • Taking School Online with a Student-Centered Approach - Facing History and Ourselves provides resources for navigating new technologies and ways of teaching during an immensely challenging and uncertain time in our communities, when students’ (and teachers’ own) social-emotional needs are just as critical as academic goals.

Supporting School Transitions

District Resources

  • CASEL’s District Resource Center - The District Resource Center helps school districts make social and emotional learning (SEL) an integral part of every student's education. Find research, knowledge, and resources curated from school systems across the U.S. to support high-quality, systemic implementation of SEL.
  • The CASEL Guide to Schoolwide Social and Emotional Learning - Schoolwide SEL helps students excel academically, build stronger relationships, and lead happier, healthier, more fulfilling lives.

Additional Resources

Engaging Families of English Language Learners
Professional Development
  1. Tech Camp 2020 (Rochester area) (Grades K – 12)
    August 18 – August 19, 2020
    This is a joint event between Monroe 1, Monroe 2-Orleans, Wayne Finger Lakes, Genesee Valley, Rochester City, Rochester Regional Library Council and Monroe County Library System. About 80% of participants are from K-12 schools and the rest are public and academic librarians
  2. The New York Library Association NYS Battle of the Books (Grades K – 12)
    NYLA Youth Services Section and Section for School Librarians Planning Committee would like to help provide resources for you and your patrons during this time. They are working on providing BOB resources for virtual battles, for libraries to use for summer reading.
  3. The New York State Forum - Return to Work Event (Grades K – 12)
    July 13, 2020 at 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (via WebEx)
    Facing the continued threat of COVID-19, employers, schools, and other institutions are implementing plans to resume operations while mitigating the risk of exposure and transmission of the coronavirus. Temperature checks, sanitization, social distancing, and occupancy management are effective strategies for doing so – and technology can enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of these processes.  Chris Black from CDW will share how emerging technologies are helping organizations get back to work – and stay back – safely and with confidence.
  4. York State COVID-19 Documentation Initiative (Grades K – 12)
    A committee made up of staff members from the State Archives, Library and Museum, as well as the Office of Cultural Education (OCE) Preservation Officer, who will be coordinating the documentation of the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  5. 2020 NYSCATE Poster Sessions (Grades K – 12)
    Poster Sessions highlight instructional technology integration and/or projects in classrooms.
    NYSCATE will host Poster Sessions for the first time and are looking for engaging teachers to share things that are happening in their classroom. Coding, 3D printing, Student-Led Projects, Community Projects are just a few ideas of what makes a great Poster Session.
    Registration Deadline: July 15th, 2020
    1-hour presentations.
    Location: TBD (at conference facility)
    Have a project to share? Fill out the 2020 NYSCATE Poster Sessions Form
  6. Cornell University Center for Teaching and Learning
    Teaching & Learning Reading Group
    Every other Wednesday, 3:00pm to 3:45pm
    Virtual Event- Education Research Reading Group
    Bi-weekly discussions about teaching and education research. The reading group is open to faculty, staff and students. Usually discuss one article or book chapter each meeting. Email to receive the reading announcements and to join the e-list. Discussions will take place by Zoom (join the e-list to receive the Zoom link).
    Every other Thursday, 3:00-3:45 pm, beginning June 17, 2020
    Summer Dates: July 1, July 15, July 29, August 12, 2020.
Summer School Information