8 Resources for Responding to COVID-19

Image of bookshelves with Region 9 Comprehensive Center logoApril 6, 2020

We know that right now, educators are focused on responding to the school closures and stay-at-home orders brought by the global pandemic. The Region 9 Comprehensive Center has rounded up the following COVID-19 resources from the federal network of support.

COVID-19 Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel
U.S. Department of Education
Read the latest federal guidance for both K–12 schools and higher education institutions.

Quick Chat: Shifting Classroom Practices to a Virtual Environment
REL Midwest and Region 9 Comprehensive Center
In March, we co-hosted a “quick chat” webinar to offer space for educators to discuss initial strategies and approaches for shifting to e-learning. If you missed it, watch the recording online.

Resources for Continuity of Learning
National Comprehensive Center
The rapid response team at the National Comprehensive Center compiled a list of free, reputable resources on learning from home into a searchable database organized by audience and the needs they address.

Equity Considerations for Online and Distance Learning
Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center
This pandemic is enhancing the inequities already seen in educational systems and larger society. In light of this reality, this page compiles some equity considerations for the design and facilitation of online and distance learning.

Research About Online Courses
What Works Clearinghouse (WWC)
What does the research say about the effectiveness of teaching online? This page collects individual studies about online courses that have been reviewed by the WWC and categorized into ESSA evidence tiers. In the higher education space, check out this practice guide on using technology to support postsecondary student learning.

List of 82 Free Online Learning Games and Technologies
Institute of Education Sciences
A group of government-supported developers and researchers is offering 82 learning games and technologies at no cost through the end of the school year.

Supporting Literacy Learning at Home
Lead for Literacy Center
This selection of literacy resources and activities from familiar names such as Scholastic and PBS can be shared with families and caregivers.

School Emergency Operations Plans: Planning for Infectious Diseases
Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center
As focus eventually turns to longer term planning and updating emergency plans, check out this free online course on planning for infectious diseases.

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