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As COVID-19 continues to spread, school closings across the U.S. have led to a widespread transition to virtual classrooms. 

To support educators during this challenging time, we have curated comprehensive, standards-aligned curricula that are highly rated, free and available online. We have also compiled other resources to help school and system leaders as well as families.

We hope this content helps you navigate the challenges of home learning and ensures that your students continue to receive the high quality instruction they deserve. We will continue to update this page with new resources as they become available, so please check back regularly.

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Curriculum Resources

All of the resources listed here reflect comprehensive, standards-aligned curricula that are highly rated, free and available online.

Curriculum Associates in both Grades K-8 ELA and mathematics offers printable at-home activity packs designed to provide students with self-directed exercises and practice during extended absences from school. Each pack is designed to reinforce key concepts for a given grade, and there are also teacher’s guides available for the mathematics activity packs.

Core Knowledge provides downloadable curricula for Grades PK-8 in Language Arts, Grades K-8 in History and Geography, and Grades 3-5 in Science. Student readers, teacher guides, activity books and other materials are available for Language Arts and History and Geography. Educators can access these free resources here.

EL Education’s K-8 Language Arts Curriculum is a comprehensive, standards-aligned curriculum, including the Grades K-2 Skills Block, available online as an Open Education Resource. If you are currently using the curriculum, EL Education has provided detailed guidance for virtual learning. Educators can also access the following supplementary resources for free: Models of Excellence, the world’s largest digital library of high-quality student projects includes information on how to create projects in and out of the classroom; the EL Education Resource Library, a searchable library of EL Education’s high-quality instructional resources on implementing our Core Practices; Videos about Crew, a subset of the 288 videos available through their website; and Leaders of Their Own Learning, a bestselling education book full of strategies to help students take responsibility for their own learning. EL Education has also launched a Coronavirus Resource Center, which includes additional complementary supports for educators, students and families.

Great Minds has released free video lessons for each grade of each of their curricula: Eureka Math® (for Grades K–12), English language arts curriculum Wit & Wisdom® (K–8) and PhD Science™ (Grades 3–5). Free to anyone and customized by grade and module, these coherent and complete video lessons, delivered by GreatMinds experienced teachers, are viewable on any device. Additionally, GreatMinds is releasing lessons that correspond to end of school year instruction on a rolling basis and has made available access to Geodes®, literacy resources and texts for early readers. Educators can access all of these resources as part of the Knowledge on the Go™ portal.

LearnZillion has made free all lessons and units for Illustrative Mathematics in Grades 6-8 and for Algebra I and II and Geometry as well as EL Education (ELA) in Grades K-5 on learnzillion.com. Instructional videos for math and ELA can be accessed by registering here.

Open Up Resources offers free, downloadable curricula here. Specific resources include EL Education K-8 Language Arts, Bookworms K-5 Reading and Writing, OUR 6-8 Math (including Spanish and NC editions), and OUR High School Math. OUR is also providing free access to the curriculum via the Kiddom learning platform. Through Kiddom, students have the ability to access OUR curriculum (student materials) and answer questions online. They can submit their work to the teacher for grading, which is then added to their score profile. Students get access to the assessments through the teacher. Districts and teachers can go to this link to sign up for more information, webinars and virtual PLCs.

OpenSciEd provides free access to Grades 6-8 Science Units. OpenSciEd’s curriculum includes Teacher and Student materials for each instructional unit in addition to the corresponding professional learning materials designed to support the use of the units.

Zearn, a comprehensive Grades K-5 mathematics curriculum, is offering over 400 hours of digital lessons with on-screen teachers and supportive remediation. Kids, teachers, parents and caregivers can directly access all of Zearn’s content 24/7, outside of school, including paper-based materials that can be used without a device. Schools currently using EngageNY or Eureka will find that Zearn provides similar content in a student-facing, digital format. Go to Zearn’s Distance Learning Resource Center to create accounts as well as participate in webinars to get started.

Reading Resources

While reading is one of the most valuable things students can do as schools are closed, access to high-quality texts is a significant challenge for many students as well as their teachers. Below are websites that provide free digital texts, e-books, audio books and read-alouds. All can be used by students independently and by their families and teachers. Some sites also provide learning activities for students and families and/or lesson plans for teachers.

Audible (PK-12) is enabling kids to instantly stream a collection of stories, including titles across six languages, for free on their desktops, laptops, phones or tablets. This access will be available as long as schools are closed.

CNN 10 (3-12) is an on-demand digital news show ideal for explanation seekers on the go or in the classroom. Videos can be easily accessed by students at home via computer or mobile device.

CommonLit (3-12) is a reading resource program that includes 1500 authentic complex texts, organized by grade level, with comprehension questions, discussion questions, and assessment style questions. It includes a large collection of Spanish texts and texts can be translated into 25 different languages and include a read aloud option.

Digital Public Library of America (K-12) includes primary source sets, drawn from over 36 million images, texts, videos, and sounds from across the United States, that are helpful resources for educators and parents preparing to teach remotely during the COVID-19 outbreak. Each set contains a variety of primary sources, context, lesson plans, discussion questions and student activities and are easily accessible to students.

Flyleaf Publishing (K-3) provides free, online decodable readers with accompanying practice sheets. The books work well on a device or can be downloaded and printed, along with the practice sheets, to ensure equitable access. 

Kate Messner: Read, Wonder, Learn! (PK-12) is a collection of resources that includes everything from first-chapter and picture book read-alouds to complementary drawing and writing mini-lessons.

KidLitTV (PK-5) is a comprehensive website dedicated to children’s literature that includes “Read Out Loud,” a video storytime feature with authors reading aloud their own books. 

National Geographic Kids (3-8) provides free digital resources including stories from the latest Nat Geo Kids magazine as well as videos and activities for students and their families to learn together.

Overdrive (K-12) enables kids, their families and caregivers to borrow and read free ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines from their local library using a phone or tablet. Depending on the device and operating system being used, Libby is a helpful app that provides access to the same content with a different navigation experience.

Scholastic Learn at Home (PK-8) includes learning experiences, grouped by grade band, built around a children’s book--full text accessible via the website--and including videos and complementary activities (available in both English and Spanish).

Story Online (K-5) is an award-winning children’s literacy website which streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books aloud alongside illustrations. The website also includes activity guides for parents and caregivers to complete lessons with students at home.

Teaching Tolerance Text Library (K-12) is a supplemental library of over 500 short nonfiction leveled texts, images, interviews, literary texts, and more that represent a diverse mix of stories and perspectives. Students, families and caregivers can create accounts for free to access the content.

TIME for Kids (K-6) provides free access to a library of four grade-specific digital editions of TIME for Kids and Your $ financial literacy magazine. Access includes turnkey teaching tools, with worksheets and quizzes for families or teachers. 

Additional Vetted Teacher Resources

ANet has created a COVID-19 resource hub, offering a variety of resources for teachers and leaders. The page features both digital and analog offerings for educators to share with their students, and organizes its resources into several categories: webinars, home learning for students, self-care, virtual professional learning opportunities, and relevant articles. This collection is updated weekly.

Classroom-U has recorded a “Zoom for Teachers” webinar series geared towards K-12 educators. These one-hour webinars will show teachers the basics of using Zoom for distance learning as well as how to utilize Zoom features to implement high-leverage instructional strategies with their students remotely. Classroom-U also recorded a webinar for principals on effectively leading a virtual staff.

NewSchools Venture Fund offers a helpful list of vetted academic tools, curriculum and guides gathered from experts and partners in the field.

New Teacher Center has created a hub for educators, focused on providing social emotional support to students through the COVID-19 crisis, to discover vetted resources, learn from experts across the field via live webinars, and connect with other educators and leaders in communities of practice. The hub also includes several resources for working with families and caregivers.

PBS through PBS Learning Media and stations in Southern California (pbssocal.org and kcet.org ) is offering a digital toolkit for educators and students that includes standards-aligned PBS video content, associated lesson plans and support materials, as well as online training sessions hosted by KQED for teachers. The PBS Learning Media materials will be offered in conjunction with the on-air content and will be available online.

Parent and Family Resources

CommonSense Media curated a set of resources for families that range from understanding coverage of the virus to education apps that can be used for learning at home. The curation includes Spanish language resources.  Common Sense has also launched Wide Open School, the result of a collaboration among leading publishers, nonprofits, and education and technology companies. Wide Open School features a free collection of the best learning experiences and activities for kids, organized by grade band and subject. It also includes daily schedules with creative breaks and recommendations to keep kids engaged and exploring, one day (or one hour) at a time.

EdNavigator is putting out One Great Thing for Tomorrow, a short daily list of tips, activities and resources to help stressed parents and caregivers make the most of the days when schools are closed.

Fordham Institute has curated a list of resources for learning from home, including educational YouTube channels, TV shows and movies available for streaming, podcasts and online instructional materials.

GreatSchools has curated a set of resources for families that include Grades PK-5 worksheets, book lists and parenting cue cards for families who are seeking guidance for at-home learning. GreatSchools also has Milestone videos which help parents understand skills at each grade level in reading, writing, and mathematics.

Learning Heroes provides additional guidance and supports for families managing e-learning at home.

Resources for School and System Leaders

Charter School Growth Fund has outlined high-quality practices and resources that public charter school networks and school districts around the country are using as they navigate school closures and provide continuity of learning for students. They include links to sample resources, schedules, downloadable activity packs, and lessons learned from the field. CSGF has also compiled guidance and resources related to planning for distance learning in the long term for school and network leaders.

Education Resource Strategies has pulled together resources for system leaders related to long-term planning, short-term financial questions, and successes from districts across the country.

Instruction Partners has developed a COVID-19 Resource Hub which includes instructional contingency plans, distance instructional models and methods for supporting student health, safety and nutrition for educators and district leaders. The hub includes leadership toolkits designed to support school and system leadership teams as they launch and manage distance learning through the COVID-19 crisis, as well as Grab and Go Instructional Materials, which have expanded to include science learning, more student writing for students in grades 6–9, and guidance for teachers providing support to prioritized students.

ISTE/EdSurge along with partners such as CCSSO and Digital Promise have created Learning Keeps Going, a website that free includes tools, strategies, tips and best practices for teaching online. It also includes an Educator Help Desk, designed for educators to ask questions, get advice, and learn what their peers are doing around the world.

New Leaders has developed a new COVID-19 blog and resource hub, Leadership Changes Everything, which includes a number of resources for school leaders, including Guidance for Delivering Programming Virtually, which can be applied to virtual learning for both educators and students.

Relay Graduate School of Education has a number of guidance documents, targeting a range of educators and school leaders, on what is required to shift to online learning, including online live training resources. 

TNTP has curated free resources for school system leaders to help navigate the wide range of current—from implementing strong at-home instruction while schools are closed, to working with their teams remotely, to finding virtual solutions to teacher recruitment, staffing, and professional learning.