Coronavirus Response: Education Resources

Resources to Support Instruction and Leadership Needs As Students Experience Prolonged Distance Learning Environments

  • Curry School Faculty Expert Advice & Resources

    In response to the pandemic, faculty and researchers at the Curry School of Education and Human Development offer expert advice on a range of topics impacting our community. 

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  • Reading Resources

    Dr. Emily Solari was interviewed by UVA Today about how to engage children with reading at home. In the story, some recommendations were made for online reading resources. Those and additional resources are listed below.

    • offers authentic, decodable books provide successful and motivating first reading experiences for students who are not yet fluent readers. Comprehensive instructional materials help teachers develop students’ foundational reading skills and close reading skills, beginning students on their path toward a literate future.
    • The National Center for Improving Literacy offers content online that addresses foundational reading skills.
    • Amplify offers ideas for at-home activities for younger students to develop foundational skills.
    • Storyline Online and Romper streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.
    • Kid Zone! from the National Center for Improving Literacy is a place where families can participate as your child builds literacy skills in a fun and interactive way.
    • Nessy is an online platform that provides instruction in foundational reading skills and writing development.
    • Reading Rockets has a list of different online reading apps.
    • Achieve the Core has provided a list of foundational skill practice for K-1 students.
  • Resources for Equity and Digital Learning

    Teacher Resources from Maryland Department of Education

    Teacher Resources
  • SEL and Remote Learning

    Features discussion of SEL and remote learning at moments like the current ones. Catherine Bradshaw (Curry School of Education and Human Development) is highlighted in this article. How to Teach Social-Emotional Learning When Students Aren't in School, Education Week article

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  • WestEd Resources for Quality Education

    We recognize you are in the midst of unprecedented disruption due to the coronavirus. Recently, our CEO Glen Harvey shared a statement acknowledging the tremendous challenge that you and others in your community face as you make difficult decisions amidst the most challenging of circumstances. 

    We commit to supporting you however we can as you respond to challenges posed by COVID-19. Below are a selection of timely resources and guidance, designed to help you continue to make a positive difference in the lives of students. We hope you, your family, and your community remain safe and healthy.

    Transforming Virtual Systems for Students with Disabilities

    Available now from WestEd’s National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) is a helpful compilation of relevant guidance and resources related to distance learning, policy, and support for children and youth with disabilities. 

    Highlights include:

    • Responding to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak Through PBIS
    • School Responses to COVID-19: ELL/Immigrant Student Considerations
    • Preparing for Virtual Instruction for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

    Planning for a Safe Return to School

    Our Center to Improve Social and Emotional Learning and School Safety is collaborating with other agencies and organizations to offer resources that help educators at all levels of the system to support social and emotional well-being for students and educators during this pandemic. Most recently, the Center compiled resources to support states, districts, and schools as they continue to serve students. The Center anticipates announcing new tools and learning opportunities soon.

    Ensuring Continuity of Learning

    Nationwide, educators and families are transitioning from traditional classroom settings to online learning at home. The national Comprehensive Centers are working hard to support state education agencies and their school districts in implementing guidance and resources relevant to remote learning. Visit the Comprehensive Center Network for resources available now to support enriched distance learning programs. 

    WestEd operates Comprehensive Centers that serve states in Region 2 (Connecticut, New York, and Rhode Island); Region 13 (Bureau of Indian Education, New Mexico, and Oklahoma); and Region 15 (Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah).

    In addition to our rapid response actions related to COVID-19, WestEd remains focused on our core work of helping policymakers, practitioners, and leaders ensure the healthy development and successful learning of all individuals, from infancy to adulthood. 

    We invite you to follow us on social media and stay tuned to our semi-monthly E-Bulletin for the latest updates on new research, resources, and events.

    Thank you.