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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Chappaqua Central School District
- Southampton Public Schools
- West Irondequoit Central School District
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
- NYS Community Schools Technical Assistance Centers - These regional centers provide technical assistance, professional learning, and communities of practice around family and community engagement, collaborative leadership, expanded learning, and integrated student supports.
- NYS Mental Health Education Resource & Training Center - Offers support to schools around mental health instruction, including assistance to identify resources and develop lesson plans/curriculum, develop and implement plans for professional development, establish community partnerships and services, and engage and support families
- NYS Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Centers - Schoolwide SEL helps students excel academically, build stronger relationships, and lead happier, healthier, more fulfilling lives.
Supporting Young People and Families
- Memo RE: Resources for Mental Health and Talking to Young People About COVID-19 - NYSED
- New York State Parent Portal - The Parent Portal includes tips for staying safe and healthy as well as ways to have fun during self-isolation. Other resources include parenting in a pandemic, activities to do inside and outside, such as participating in daily video chats with families, recording yourself reading a favorite book or message, and more.
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource - National Association of School Psychologists
- A Trauma-Informed Approach to Teaching Through Coronavirus - National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- Addressing Grief and Addressing Grief: Tips for Teachers and Administrators- National Association of School Psychologists
- Coalition to Support Grieving Students - provides resources to school communities in the ongoing support of their grieving students
- When School Starts Back: Supporting Grieving Students During a Pandemic – webinar series with Dr. David Schonfeld presented by the Georgia Department of Education
- How can educators and families support students’ mental health and social emotional needs? - Institute of Education Sciences
- CDC Guidance for Managing Stress and Anxiety – Tips for supporting adults during a crisis
- SAMHSA: Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks – Fact sheet on the signs of stress in yourself or others
- CDC Guidance for Emergency Responders - Tips for taking care of yourself as an “emergency responder” during this time
- SEL Signature Practices Playbook – CASEL offers protocols for use during team meetings to “check-in” on emotions and set the stage for shared learning and work
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Coping with Stress – For use in supporting your team to support field-based teams
- Advancing Adult Compassion Resilience: A Toolkit for Schools from WISE Wisconsin and Rogers InHealth - This toolkit offers information, activities, and resources for school leadership and staff to understand, recognize, and minimize the experience of compassion fatigue and to increase compassion resilience perspectives and skills.
- 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
- Leveraging the Power of Social and Emotional Learning as You Prepare to Reopen and Renew Your School Community - In response to COVID-19, school leaders can take action now using CASEL’s guide to co-create supportive learning environments where all students and adults can enhance their social and emotional competencies, feel a sense of belonging, heal, and thrive.
- 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.
- Social Emotional Learning Benchmarks, Guidance, and Resources from the New York State Education Department
- Teaching Tolerance - Speaking Up Against Racism Around the New Coronavirus
- America’s Promise - A compilation of resources from America’s Promise Alliance
- The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning - CASEL has curated a helpful list of guidelines and resources for parents, caregivers, and teachers to promote SEL while schools are closed.
- The National Association of School Psychiatrists - health crisis resources
- Resources for Schools and Districts Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis - REL Northeast & Islands
- Children’s Institute - The Children’s Institute offers a list of resources to help parents alleviate children’s stress over school closures and another set of resources with activities for children, both on and offline.
- New York State Network for Youth Success - resources the Network has been curating regarding the COVID-19 pandemic
- Distance Learning for ELLs - A collection of resources from Colorín Colorado, which includes distance learning resources and also resources on how to engage families
- English Learner Family Engagement During Coronavirus - Resources from Immigrant Connection on how to engage families with ELL students
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Location: TBD (at conference facility)
Have a project to share? Fill out the 2020 NYSCATE Poster Sessions Form
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Announces Summer School Will Be Conducted Through Distance Learning This Year – from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announcing that summer school will be conducted through distance learning this year to help reduce the risk of spread.
- New York City Department of Education – Summer School 2020 Information – Information about remote instruction for New York City students over the summer.
- Handbook for Summer School Administrators and Principals 2020 – Guidance from the New York State Education Department's Office of Student Support Services.