The Region 7 Comprehensive Center has compiled the following resources for educational organizations and families related to responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The resources included are focused both on ensuring the safety and health of educators, students and their families and providing for the continuity of learning for students during this time of school closures. Additional resources will be added as they become available, including information and recommendations on re-opening schools and addressing the academic needs of students; the social and emotional needs of students, faculty and staff members, and family members; and the long-term issues related to preventing the disruption of learning in future national, regional, and local emergencies.
CCSSO provides Chief State School Officers with the resources needed to successfully reopen school during the Coronavirus crisis.
The Council of the Great City Schools provides educators with operational management best practices to keep in mind as schools begin to reopen due to the coronavirus crisis.
Council of the Great City Schools provides district guidance for ensuring quality instruction and service to students with disabilities.
The School Superintendents Association provides educators with access to webinars regarding COVID-19 and leadership. Topics include operating school districts under quarantine, communicating with staff and students, and ensuring high quality virtual learning for all students.
The School Superintendents Association provides educators with guidance and resources for reopening schools in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.
Guidance and video resources provide information and portray practices for teachers and families to support all students — including students with disabilities — both at school and at home.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) will be offering 6 weeks of free virtual professional learning sessions through their virtual institute beginning June 1, 2020. The institute will include over 100 presentations of content shared by NAEYC experts, including policy experts, higher education faculty, school leaders, researchers, and educators.
Online tools with ideas for virtual lessons are listed for teachers to use as part of their English Language Arts instruction.
Storyline Online is a collection of book titles with accompanying storytelling videos, parent activity guides, and teacher activity guides containing English Language Arts lessons with cross-curricular activities relevant to the story.
Students in PreK through high school can listen to this collection of audio stories from any device for continuous learning in English Language Arts and foreign languages (English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese).
Parents or guardians can watch videos of specific family literacy activities and engage in these activities with their second grader to support literacy development.
This guidance document provides parents and teachers with supportive resources for students with dyslexia during COVID-19 remote learning.
The tool facilitates the use of a four-phase strategic planning process to answer essential questions and conducting planning for the 2020-2021 re-opening of schools. Essential-Questions-for-2020-2021-Reopening_Bellwether_final
This report provides recommendations that K-12 education leaders may want to consider as they plan for the reopening of K-12 schools for the 2020-2021 school year.
This article provides insight regarding the potential issues some school staff, especially those who are part of vulnerable populations, may have with a return to in-person schooling for 2020-2021. The article provides some concerns school districts should consider as well as some strategies for addressing these concerns.
This guide for the 2020-2021 school year provides scenarios and operational considerations that school districts will want to include in their planning for instruction in the coming school year.
A Wall Street Journal author’s take on the success of remote learning due to COVID-19 and its potential impact on students.
A Practitioner's Guide to Responding to COVID-19: Predicting the Impact of COVID-19 on Out-of-School Learning Loss
The first in a series of four briefs outlining ways in which practitioners can respond to out-of-school learning loss as a result of COVID-19. This first brief looks at expected impacts on students and classrooms.
A Practitioner's Guide to Responding to COVID-19: The Impacts of Extended Learning Programs on Academic Achievement
The second in a series of four briefs outlining ways in which practitioners can respond to out-of-school learning loss as a result of COVID-19. The second brief reviews evidence for the impacts of extended learning programs (after school, summer, extended day, year-round schooling) on student academic achievement.
A Practitioner's Guide to Responding to COVID-19: Successful Initiatives that Offset Out-Of-School Learning Loss
The third in a series of four briefs outlining ways in which practitioners can respond to out-of-school learning loss as a result of COVID-19. In this brief, studies that show promise for overcoming out-of-school learning loss are highlighted. All references include an ESSA Level of Evidence. Studies that were reviewed by What Works Clearinghouse were Read More