Learning Resources for School Closure - Organized Lists
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What this isAn effort to use my research skills to create a useful resource for school leaders and teachers during challenging times. We find ourselves in an unprecedented crisis with school closures due to COVID-19. I keep tabs on a variety of conversations in education and have noticed lists of resources for schools to use during closures. However, most have some problems with regards to practical use. Some lists are crowdsourced and do not have any quality control measures, some don't include relevant details, or the ability to search and filter based on key features like grade level or content area. I spend a great deal of time collecting, filtering, and organizing large quantities of information from different sources in my day-to-day life as a PhD student, so I put that skill set to use here. I collected a reviewed many compilations and resources, focusing on trustworthy sources and applied a set of criteria for inclusion to try to set a baseline for quality. The result of this process is organized in the tabs with resources for online learning, offline learning (most require printing), podcasts, links to lists, and a set of relevant resources for school leaders.
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Who I am A doctoral candidate at the University of Virginia in educational administration and supervision and former high school science teacher with a commitment to developing research to support high quality learning opportunities for all students. Currently co-working/parenting from home with my husband, 1.5 year old, and dog. (@AmyLuelle on Twitter)
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Suggestions for useBecause I am continuing to edit this list and using a set of criteria for inclusion, the link is set for view only. Save a copy to your Google documents or download as an Excel spreadsheet, then you will be able to revise it to suit your needs and use the fields created to support filtering by grade and subject.
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My criteria for inclusionTo be included in my list of online and offline learning resources, the following criteria were applied (certainly subjective measures): (1) entire resource or collection of resources is completely free, at least during school closures, there are a couple notable exceptions in red text; (2) from a reputable source; (3) not a thinly-veiled advertisement; (4) relative ease of access (no need to follow a maze of links or end up in Pinterest or similar platforms); (5) standards aligned content; (6) sites loaded quickly (I am lucky enough to have high speed internet, so if it wasn't happening for me it was a dealbreaker); (7) avoid sources and materials from religious groups or those with other ideological motives that do not promote equity; (8) well-organized and easy to read; and (9) to gain free access there is no need to submit credit card information.
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Problem areasThere are far more online learning resources than offline and many districts serve a great many students who face barriers with access to technology and internet during school closures, let alone bigger concerns like food and housing insecurity. I suspect many schools are developing such resources in house to print and distibute to students prior to closure or during pickups/deliveries scheduled to distribute resources. I have located some, but would be glad to add others. There is also a shortage of resources that explicitly address the needs of students with disabilities and English language learners.
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Sugggestions for resources to addIf you are aware of a resource that meets the criteria for inclusion to add to this list, please use this Google Form to submit it. (form now closed)
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DisclaimerNo compensation received or conflicts of interest to report; inclusion on these lists does not represent an endorsement by me or anyone else who shares this resource. If you modify this to share please continue to keep it free (Creative Commons
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Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)
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Revision historyHighlights from additions
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4/6/20Added resources collected from WestEd, added section(tab) on planning for safe returns to schools and recovery
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3/26/20Added link to Bookshare - online library for students with reading disabilities (dyslexia, blindness, cerebral palsy, etc.), new guidance from National Center for Learning Disabilities for parents and schools; US ED webinar on FERPA compliance for distance learning sign up ( limited to first 500), USDA waiver for districts to allow meal distribution w/o children present, summary of stimulus package details for superintendents
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3/24/20Added podcasts from suggestions for resources to add
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3/23/20CRPE initial database of district distance learning plans; SeriousEats comprehensive food safety guide; USDA guidance on flexibility for meal service during school closure
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3/19/20Added learning resources; added resources for school leaders re:students with disabilities and equity concerns during closure; link to Comcast program for internet access during COVID-19; link to No Kid Hungry emergency grant application
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3/17/20First shared version
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