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Resources for Learning at Home
As local education providers prepare for the start of the 2020-21 school year in August, a variety of scenarios may need to be considered during these exceptional times. As has been the case since the pandemic began in March, the situation continues to evolve. This website will be updated as we gather feedback and receive new information.
We recognize that this is an unprecedented situation. Never before have we, as a large scale education community, not known exactly what to plan for in terms of the coming school year. As leaders, you are in the challenging position of trying to make sense of the unknown, making the best decisions about prioritizing limited resources and providing reassurance and direction for your staff, students and communities.
In an effort to help schools plan for educational continuity while distance learning is in effect, we have curated a list of best practices for distance learning and teaching including free web-based resources to help keep students academically engaged. We recognize that the multitude of resources for distance learning can be overwhelming so we have collected and organized material by content area and grade level that may be useful as educators develop plans for their students. While digital resources offer a great deal of flexibility in learning opportunities, educators should also consider utilizing hard copy resources (e.g., packet work, textbooks).
There is no requirement for districts to offer remote learning via the Internet, but if educators decide to go this path they should strive to include equitable access to instruction for all students. Equitable access does not require that all students receive instruction in the same format (e.g., online instruction). Districts should consider the individual learning needs of students in determining how to best meet individual needs.
Disclaimer: Some apps collect user data. It is imperative that you check with your IT department before using apps that require student accounts.