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Resources to Support Teachers during COVID19

Resources to Support Teachers during COVID19

Resources to Support Teachers

The Central CA Writing Project will invite teachers to join online forums: Connecting, Caring, Writing, and Sharing in the Context of COVID. In these gatherings, they will support each other in constructive conversations, sharing challenges, successes, tools, and assignments they are giving their students as they teach remotely. Topics may include equity, reaching out with love and understanding, to grade or not to grade, journal writing, writing instruction with mentor text, and responding to student writing.

Reposted with permission from W. W. Norton’s K-12Talk Blog

Teaching in the Time of Corona: Supporting Newcomer Students During School Closures

By Laura Alvarez

Online Learning: What About Students Who Do Not Have Access to the Tools that Are Needed for Online Learning?

Using Journal Writing with English Learners (and Other Students)

Books for Children and Young Adults that Use Reflective Writing as a Literary Technique


By Katharine Davies Samway

An Inquiry Approach to Learning Content with Newcomer Students

By Laura Alvarez and Lucinda Pease-Alvarez

KQED’s Webinar

KQED Youth Media Challenge: Let’s Talk About Election 2020

Join KQED for an informational webinar to learn about the Let’s Talk About Election 2020 youth media challenge!

ZOOM Meetings

Teachers who fill out an online form using their school email addresses and are then verified by Zoom will have any accounts associated with that school’s domain also gain unlimited temporary meeting minutes.


Padlet is a place for participants to post links and responses. 


Conversations on Teaching & Learning with Kelly Gallagher & Penny Kittle 2020

Connecting and co-surviving during the COVID-19 pandemic

National Writing Project C3WP Resources for teaching argument writing Upper Elem., MS, and HS

College, Career, and Community Writing Program: Creating Respectful Discourse for Change


Summary: This resource from the College, Career, and Community Writers Program (C3WP) features one-minute videos that define mini-units and explain the value of using nonfiction sources/texts. There are links to related pages on the C3WP website that focus on creating text sets and on developing and sequencing mini-units. These resources will take facilitators and teachers through both the content and implementation of researched argumentative modules, with space to supplement or customize. Teachers can write in response to some of the units to see how they might work with students.

Us Vs Hate and Teaching Tolerance website

Join Us in the Fight Against Hate in Schools.

Teaching Tolerance’s new program—#USvsHate—aims to provide easy-to-implement curricula and action steps to support educators and students in resisting hate in their communities. Learn more about how this program got its start in San Diego, California, and how you can bring #USvsHate to your school!

 Resources for National Poetry Month

Tweetspeak: the best in poetry and poetic things

Their writing challenge:


Two Writing Teachers:


Happy National Poetry Month from the Academy of American Poets and!

National Poetry Month was launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996 to remind the public that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K–12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, and, of course, poets, marking poetry’s important place in our lives. National Poetry Month from Academy of American Poets

Go Poems

Daily poems during National Poetry Month

New York Times Learning Network Picture Prompts 

Lit to Go

Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. An abstract, citation, playing time, and word count are given for each of the passages. Many of the passages also have a related reading strategy identified. Each reading passage can also be downloaded as a PDF and printed for use as a read-along or as supplemental reading material for your classroom.


Prepare for distance learning with Newsela.
Whether your school is teaching through a closure or building plans to prepare, we’re here to help you ensure that learning doesn’t stop. We’re offering free access to Newsela’s entire product suite for the rest of the 2019/2020 school year.

Zinn Education Project

Teaching People’s History


Resources for Teachers and Parents. The ability to READ, WRITE, and COMMUNICATE connects people and empowers them to achieve things they never thought possible.


Remote Learning with Flipgrid
March 13, 2020
As educators, learners and families are impacted by COVID-19, know that our entire team is always here for you. Inspired by the ways you foster community beyond the classroom, we have curated a collection of resources to help you and your peers.

Online Discussion Tool

“The future of class discussions.
Parlay puts your students and their unique perspectives at the heart of learning, and gives you the data that you need to help them grow.”

Facing History and Ourselves

Our collection of educator resources includes a wide range of flexible, multimedia materials, from primary sources and streaming videos to teaching strategies, lesson plans, and full units. Find resources that will support your students’ learning, whether you are teaching a complex moment in history or addressing today’s breaking news


Quizizz allows you to conduct student-paced formative assessments in a fun and engaging way for students of all ages.

The New York Times Free Digital Access

The New York Times is available to high schools across the U.S. — for free. Enjoy free digital access from April 6 to July 6.

Cult of Pedagogy

Distance Learning: A Gently Curated Collection of Resources for Teachers

An overview of the nuts and bolts of distance learning, including general tips, advice on tech, and troubleshooting some common problems


W. W. Norton & Company Independent Publishers Since 1923

K-12 Talk: Why We Teach; Who We Teach; How We Teach: “Teaching in the Time of Corona”



Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is the world’s biggest NGO specializing in the defense of media freedom, which we regard as the basic human right to be informed and to inform others.


How to Tell Stories to Children

The Science and Method of Storytelling: HOW TO TELL STORIES TO CHILDREN

12 Ideas for Writing Through the Pandemic With The New York Times

A dozen writing projects including journals, poems, comics and more — for students to try at home.

The International Children’s Digital Library

Online line books 

Text Project

Kid’s books: Strategies, tools, and texts to bring beginning readers and struggling readers to high levels of literacy

If  you have access to online resources, here are some resources to use to choose good books for your students/chidren to read: 

The American Library Association for Library Service to Children:

Recommended booklists 

The Batchelder Award is given to the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States.

The Pura Belpré Award is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth

The Sibert Medal honors the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published during the preceding year

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values

 We Need Diverse Books

The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) – promoting international understanding through children’s books.

Hans Christian Andersen Award – International Best Children’s Book

International Literacy Association – Children’s book choices

Helpful tips:

The New York Times: Tech Tips

Create Your Own Digital Comics Whether You Can Draw or Not

The California Department of Education Information and resources regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) and California’s response.

The California Department of Education (CDE) is monitoring the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and working closely with agency partners. Local educational agencies (LEAs) are encouraged to follow California Department of Public Health recommendations. LEAs should identify plans for communicating with families and consider learning supports for school closures.

CDE: grading and graduation requirements

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