COVID-19

Overview

COVID-19 Resources
For Educators, Districts and States

SREB is dedicated to helping educators and policy leaders as they work through the challenges unfolding from the COVID-19 outbreak. During this time of uncertainty, we are convening leaders to help them share ideas, information and resources to continue to deliver teaching and learning, from elementary through graduate school.

Conferences and Meetings

At this time, our summer and fall meetings and conferences are scheduled as planned, including the Making Schools Work Conference. We are monitoring the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will announce any changes directly to registrants and invitees and on our Events page.

We hope you find these resources from our colleagues in education helpful.

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K-12 Resources

For educators, districts and states, resources on online teaching, district planning, students with disabilities, school counseling and more.

Federal Guidance

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S. Department of Education

Education Week School Closure Map

Online Teaching and Learning

Virtual Schools in SREB States, links to the region’s statewide online learning sites

From Georgia Virtual Learning, student courses and teacher training, available free to all

Georgia Department of Education digital learning resources 

Helping teachers and students make the switch to remote learning, from Microsoft

Strategies for e-learning, a March 17 webinar from the State Educational Technology Directors Association

Information on How to Create an Online Classroom from Stanford University. 

Free remote learning resources:

These websites provide free resources that can be accessed by teachers, parents and students. Many include specific guidance on ways to use their materials amid school closures caused by COVID-19. 

Going 3-D with Gather, Reason, Communicate framework website. This site is a collection of vetted, three-dimensional lessons aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and state standards developed from the Framework for K-12 Science Education. The lessons were developed by teachers across districts and states utilizing local phenomena.

Discounted or temporarily free remote learning resources:

Teaching Channel is currently offering districts or other organizations access to a shorter, six-month Tch Plus subscription (through August 15) for $19 per user. Contact Teaching Channel to learn more. Individual teachers can use the code SAVE30 to access Teaching Channel’s resources for $6.99 per month. Resources include 61 two-hour professional development experiences in the Learning Plan Library as well as one-hour Express Learning Plans with certificates of completion.

PowerUpEDU has a robust portfolio of solutions that include several offerings facilitating Distance or Remote Learning. They have created a resource for teachers on their Virtual Learning page, including free offers from partners like Microsoft, Spiral and Swivl.

Planning for Closures and Continued Learning

Guidance for Schools and School Closures from CDC

From the Kentucky Department of Education, Non-Traditional Instruction Guidance is a planning and toolkit document covering everything from preschool to social media to special ed.    

From Miami-Dade County Public Schools:

Advice for K-12 districts creating local response plans, from Guilford County Schools in North Carolina. And Guilford’s plan

Practical actions to prepare for continued student learning. An overview of models, plus guiding questions and concrete actions from Instruction Partners

No Kid Hungry is offering emergency coronavirus grants to support local school districts and nonprofit organizations in their efforts to ensure kids get the nutritious food they need.

EveryoneOn provides information on free and low cost internet to help low-income students and families access to online education.

School Counseling and Mental Health

SREB Webinar: School Counseling from a Distance: Supporting Our Students During COVID-19 (recording)

SREB Follow-Up Webinar: School Counseling from a Distance: Support Our Students During COVID-19 Back by popular demand, this webinar will revisit the school counseling during COVID-19 topic with a panel of school counseling experts on Friday, March 27 from 12-1:30 p.m.

Tips and guidelines for parents, counselors and mental health professionals on talking to children, crisis response, countering stigma and more, from the National Association of School Psychologists

Updates and Resources from the American School Counselor Association

 

College Admission Process

As a service to students and families, National Association of College Admissions Counselors has created an online tool that is a central resource on changes to the college admission process due to the coronavirus outbreak. The tool includes information from colleges and universities nationwide on campus closures, deposit deadlines, and other admission-related changes.

The tool updates automatically in realtime as we receive input from postsecondary institutions

  • The Common App provides information regarding disruptions such as the coronavirus. If you are impacted, you can reach Common App’s dedicated support team via email. Fee waivers may be available if you are facing unexpected loss. Students who are having difficulty sending official test scores also have the option of sending self-reported scores to colleges.
  • Financial aid questions may be a concern. Federal Student Aid’s website includes information for students and parents, such as whether students can keep financial aid if their campus is closed and loan repayment questions.

Students with Disabilities

Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Outbreak (U.S. Department of Education, March 12)

Website accessibility and online education, a March 17 webinar from USDOE Office of Civil Rights 

Tips from Chalkbeat

Accountability and Assessment

Fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Education, March 12

State Department of Education Resource Pages

Alabama

Georgia

Louisiana 

Mississippi
Mississippi Learning at Home Resources

Tennessee 

Education Journalism

Education Writers Association is aggregating media coverage of how schools and colleges around the nation are responding

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Postsecondary Resources

For faculty and leaders at colleges and universities, resources on protecting and supporting students, continuing education online and managing other challenges resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

Federal Guidance

U.S. Department of Education has compiled a list of resources from federal departments and agencies for higher education institutions.

Centers for Disease Control offers the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, including Resources for Institutes of Higher Education 

New legislation allows Veterans Affairs to treat online learning from  institutions closed because of COVID19 the same as face-to-face courses so the VA doesn’t reduce student housing allowances and other payments.

Testing

ETS is temporarily offering an at home option for the GRE General Test and TOEFL iBT in selected areas where students are unable to go to test centers. 

Accreditation

Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions COVID-19 page

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
says nearly all SACS colleges have submitted notices of closure and are moving to online instruction.

From the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, quick links to programmatic accreditors and changes to their policies.

 

Planning for Closures and Continued Learning

How  University of Kentucky College of Education students are completing field experiences/student teaching 

Beyond the Food Pantry – The Hope Center has created this guide to help colleges support students during this crisis.

The Chronicle of Higher Education has a number of free resources, including:

Resources From Other Regional Higher Education Compacts 

New England Board of Higher Education

Midwestern Higher Education Compact

Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

Higher Education News Coverage

Coping With Coronavirus: How faculty members can support students in traumatic times, a special collection of articles from the Chronicle of Higher Education (email form required)

Inside Higher Ed’s Coronavirus coverage and live updates 

The Chronicle of Higher Education is offering open access to their COVID-19 coverage 

Related Articles and Resources

The Campus Closure Divide from Inside Higher Ed

Go Home? For Some Students It’s Not Easy from Inside Higher Ed

How to close colleges without hurting vulnerable students from The Washington Post 

Are Any Colleges Insured Against Coronavirus Fallout? from Inside Higher Ed

Spring outbreak: Universities issue strict warnings as coronavirus spreads from The Washington Post 

Rules Eased on Colleges Seeking to Close Their Campuses Amid Outbreak from The New York Times

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CTE Resources
Virtual labs, simulations and interactive learning objects

As classrooms around the country move online due to school closures caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, STEM and career and technical education teachers need to be able to offer hands-on learning experiences in a virtual format. Below is a list of resources compiled by various organizations, including the Technical College System of Georgia, the Association for Career and Technical Education and SREB staff.  This list includes virtual labs, simulations and interactive learning objects that allow STEM and CTE students to engage with and explore the world of science and technology in an online setting.

General

  • Merlot virtual labs (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, Engineering, Math)
  • PHET simulations  (Physics, Chemistry, Earth Science, Math, Biology) from the University of Colorado Boulder

Introduction to Biology

Chemistry of Life

Chemistry

  • The Virtual Lab is an online simulation of a chemistry lab. It is designed to help students link chemical computations with authentic lab chemistry. Students select from hundreds of standard reagents and manipulate them as in a real lab.
  • Phet chemistry from the University of Colorado Boulder:
  • Virtual chemistry from the University of Oxford
  • Virtual Chemistry Experiments is a collection of interactive web-based chemistry tutorials from Davidson College. The current generation of tutorials (currently in development) are based upon HTML5 and run on most modern web browsers.

Computer Science

  • Cisco Networking Academy

    • CCNA R&S Curriculum
    • CCNA Security
    • Cybersecurity Essentials
    • Introduction to IoT
    • Introduction to Packet Tracer
    • IoT Fundamentals
    • IT Essentials
    • Mobility Fundamentals
    • Networking Essentials
  • DevNet Sandbox makes Cisco’s free spread of technology available to developers and engineers by providing packaged labs we call Sandboxes. There are two types of sandboxes, Always-On and Reservation. Each sandbox typically highlights one Cisco product. Sandboxes can be used for development, testing APIs, learning how to configure a product, training, hack-a-thons, etc.
  • Girls Who Code has just released FREE weekly Girls Who Code at Home for 3rd-12th grade students. Girls Who Code is making CS educational activities available for download free of charge, to anyone who wants to access them.

Environmental Science

Geology

Human Anatomy

Oceanography

Physics

Electronics, Mechatronics and Robotics

Welding

  • Video from Dunwoody College of Technology

Agriculture

Business and Marketing

Engineering and Technology and STEM

Family and Consumer Sciences and Culinary/Hospitality Education

Health Sciences 

Trade and Industrial

  • Construction trades online lesson plan from the National Association of Home Builders.  See the directions below for joining the sharing site on Google.
    • 1. Go to classroom.google.com and click “Sign In.” Sign in with your Google Account. 2. At the top of the page, click “Add” (or +), then “Join class.” 3. Enter the class code — 7zqbfqb — and click “Join.”
    • To add lesson plans, go to the “Classwork” tab, click “+Create,” select “Material,” and begin to upload your lesson plan and description.
  • Construction design 3-D modeling software from SketchUp

Cross-Disciplinary Resources

Note: Some of the resources below are free and others have offered free access through a certain date.

  • Free resources from the Association for Career and Technical Education, including CTE Learn Workplace Skills Tutorials and the Career Ed Lounge for communicating with your peers.
  • SkillsUSA Career Essentials -This fundamental experiences course provides a comprehensive structure for supporting secondary students in exploring, developing and practicing essential career-readiness skills. This can be accomplished as an online course or a hybrid experience.
  • Skills to Succeed Academy online multimedia experience for student career planning and exploration from Accenture. To access free modules, visit http://s2sacademy.org and register with ACTE Student Code 04ATgl and ACTE Staff Code 04ATgl9999 (this provides additional resources just for teachers and advisers)
  • Career planning tools about career pathways and the employability skills required for success in the global economy from the Center for Global Education at Asia Society, ACTE and Advance CTE.  All materials are available completely free-of-charge thanks to generous support from PMIEF. For more information, contact Heather Singmaster (hsingmaster@asiasociety.org) with any questions.
  • Talking Safety online workplace safety curriculum from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and NOCTI
  • Fundamentals of Project Management online assessment from Project Management Institute Educational Foundation and NOCTI
  • Integrate Ethics into Your Classroom materials from MBA Research 
  • Pearson CTE digital access request for spring 2020 - If you currently use a CTE title, but do not have digital access to the eText, you can request access through June 30, 2020 by completing the Google form linked above.
  • https://www.cengage.com/covid-19-support. for U.S. colleges experiencing unplanned, mid-semester impacts due to COVID-19, Cengage is offering students free access to all our digital platforms and 14,000 eBooks through Cengage Unlimited, for the remainder of this semester.
  • Goodheart-Wilcox Learning Companion digital curriculum and activities
  • Today’s Class online curriculum in agriculture, automotive/diesel technology, barbering, cosmetology, health science and workplace readiness:  Today’s Class is allowing access free of charge until May 1, 2020. Contact dboyes@todaysclass.com to set up an account.
  • NOCTI Study Guides, Digital Study Guides and Credentialing Assessments: Contact nocti@nocti.org for information on these resources.
    • Study Guides: Customers who have ordered paper-based study guides can convert them to digital study guides at no cost. This offer is valid through May 1, 2020.
    • Digital Study Guides: Two options are available to assist customers. 1. All expiration dates will be extended to June 30, 2021 for orders that have already been placed this school year. 2. New no-cost order options are available for digital study guides to assist with at-home student learning for customers who have already ordered assessments. Orders must be placed by May 1 and access will be available through June 30, 2020.
    • Credentialing Assessments: All expiration dates for assessments on existing orders will be extended to June 30, 2021 at no charge.
  • Overcoming Obstacles’ Life Skills Lessons for Remote Learning offers educators engaging activities they can use with their secondary school students while they are learning from home. Activities will help students identify their strengths, make better decisions, achieve their goals, develop a positive attitude, respect themselves as well as others, and handle the stress in their lives. To download the free handbook,click here.

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State Actions

State Regulations and Actions

SREB staff are tracking developments in our states. Please contact us if we maybe of service with additional information on state responses related to education and the workforce.

Policies from each state related to school response to disease outbreak. Includes links to state public health office guidance in each state, from ChildTrends

From the National Conference of State Legislatures

School closure map from Education Week

Stress testing to help plan for budgetary effects, from Pew Trusts

Form

COVID-19 State Actions Survey
State Agency Response to COVID-19

With growing concern for protecting public health amid this pandemic, we see more school systems, colleges and offices closing to slow the spread of the coronavirus. SREB is dedicated to helping educators, regulators and policy leaders as they work through the challenges that unfold from the COVID-19 outbreak. We are surveying the region’s state agencies and regulators to learn how your state authorization processes might be affected or altered to address this public health challenge.