Learning in the Time of COVID-19

During the COVID-19 crisis, millions of children who are homeless & food insecure can't access essential services or learning. Here are lists of useful resources for teachers and parents, including some for English Learners and students with exceptional needs. We will be updating this list with additional resources as we learn more about this shifting situation.

This list was originally posted in a Forbes commentary by LPI President Linda Darling-Hammond.

Jump to: Online Learning Resources for Educators | Online Learning Resources for Parents | Social-Emotional Learning | Supporting Students With Exceptional Needs | Supporting English Learners

Online Learning Resources for Educators

Online Learning Resources for Parents

  • The Barbara Bush Foundation for Literacy Educational Toolkit for At-Home Learning offers free online resources that can help children continue to build critical literacy skills while schools are closed.
  • The U.S. Department of Education’s Talk, Read, and Sing Together Every Day! Tip Sheets for Families, Caregivers and Early Learning Educators provide families, caregivers and early educators with research-based tips for talking, reading, and singing with young children every day beginning from birth.
  • NPR has created this Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus to help demystify the virus and to teach children how to protect themselves. The online version includes a print-and-fold zine version.
  • Storyline Online is produced by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television’s SAG-AFTRA Foundation as part of its children’s literacy program. The site streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and others.
  • The New York Times is hosting and continuously updating this page on ideas for working with content from the Times and other reliable sources.

Social-Emotional Learning

  • The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning offers suggestions for educators on addressing the social and emotional needs of students. 
  • In a Learning Is Social, Emotional and Academic blog, Lorea Martinez offers parents homeschooling tips to ensure social emotional learning is a part of student learning.
  • Sanford Harmony, a Pre-K-6 research-based social emotional learning program, promotes positive peer relations among students through lessons and activities that encourage communication, collaboration, and mutual respect. These free resources can be used by parents at home to help children express feelings and solve problems together.
  • The National Association of School Psychiatrists has developed a set of materials for schools and districts to support for their students and community around COVID-19 and pandemics. 

Supporting Students With Exceptional Needs

Supporting English Learners