Resources for School Leaders

The resources listed here are for school administrators and leaders to share resources with staff who are serving students during COVID-19 related school closures.

This page includes: non-profit support guides, online learning support, social-emotional learning and trauma, special populations, and teacher talent.

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Education Non-Profit Resource Guides

Resources from nonprofit partners who are currently supporting or have previously supported Indianapolis schools and have understanding of Indy context. We highly suggest following these pages as their sites are being updated consistently.

Wide Open School: Resources from 25 organizations that provide free online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors of Common Sense. LINK

Instruction Partners: Instruction Partners is a non-profit organization that works side-by-side with teachers and school leaders to improve the quality of instruction in core academics. LINK

Relay GSE: Relay Graduate School of Education’s mission is to teach teachers and school leaders to develop all students in academic skills and strength of character needed to succeed in college and life. LINK

Teach for America: Teach for America finds outstanding and diverse leaders who teach at least two-years in low income schools and spend a lifetime working with unwavering commitment to increase opportunities for kids. LINK

TNTP: TNTP’s mission is to end the injustice of education inequality by providing excellent teachers to the students who need them most by advancing policies and practices that ensure effective teaching in every classroom. LINK

Best Practices in Online Learning for Systems Leaders

Resources for systems leaders who are working with teachers to successfully deliver online learning.

Virtual Training Opportunities for Teachers: Teach for America is gathering online trainings, which will also be featured on the Professional Development page. LINK

SchoolWorks: Online rubric for developing and implementing K-12 online learning programs. LINK

Education First: Making the most of “Going Virtual”. LINK

Virtual Professional Training Plan: Guidance to support teachers with planning lessons and units online from online learning leaders. LINK

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Trauma Resources

Resources to support the emotional well-being of students, families, and teachers. These are in addition to the links on the teacher resources page.

Social Emotional Resources for Students and Families

Move This Way: Social Emotional interactive videos, movement, and creative expression to help students and educators develop emotional intelligence skills for long-term wellbeing. LINK

KidsHealth: Guidance that can be shared with parents and/or teachers to help students talk about Coronavirus. LINK

**Added (4/23) Playworks. Online resources to keep families engaged, healthy, and active. Includes videos and ‘recess’ ideas for families. LINK

Social Emotional Resources for Teachers and Leaders

National Dropout Prevention Center, Trauma-Skilled Schools Model: Research and resources to develop schools models that are responsive to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). LINK

Teaching Tolerance: Experts from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network share their recommendations for educators supporting students during the COVID-19 crisis. LINK

Social Worker and Therapist Resources: Links to 50 free resources to help as a social worker, mental health professional, and/or social work educator. LINK

KQED: An article with some self-care tips to get through COVID-19 that could be used when checking in with staff. LINK

Gallup: Guidance on what employees need and how leaders can support in the time of COVID-19. LINK

Special Populations: Special Education, ELL, DACA, and Homelessness

Resources for supporting special populations of students in K-12 schools.

NOTE: Before leveraging the resources below, school leaders can continue to leverage the resources from the Department of Education website: DOE Special Education Guidance, DOE English Learning and Migrant Education, DOE Indiana Homeless Children & Youth

Special Education

Council for Administrators of Special Education. Up-to-date resource including information for schools, questions to consider, resources to leverage and important groups to connect with on special education. LINK

National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools: NCSECS has released detailed resources for COVID-19 and students with disabilities including takeaways for districts and school leaders, requirements for serving students with disabilities, and strategies to implement with educators. LINK


English Learners Success Forum: Link to provide leaders with five things to support instruction for English learners during COVID-19. LINK

Immigrant Refugees and Schools: Guidance to support parents of English learners and list of most accessible bilingual links for families. LINK

INTESOL: Indiana Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages has released a series of supports for emergent bilingual learners for teachers and systems leader. LINK

DACA/Mixed Families

Aliento: Aliento is a DACA, undocumented, youth-led organization who has posted guidance in English and Spanish to support DACA/Undocumented and/or mixed documentation families in the time of COVID-19. LINK-English, LINK-Spanish

Immigrants Rising: Immigrants Rising published a list of resources to help undocumented immigrants navigate the current landscape. LINK

Local Groups to Follow: La Plaza

Students Experience Homelessness and/or Foster Care

School House Connection: Strategies for schools, early learning programs, and higher education institutions to support youth experiencing homelessness. LINK

Teacher Talent Resources

These resources can help you and your team shift to a virtual hiring process. Resources include information on virtual recruitment, interviewing, and hiring.

TNTP: Guidance on shifting to online recruitment and hiring. LINK

Predictive Index: As a potential employer, when all of your interviews are remote, what are the things you should keep in mind to still get the same impact? LINK


** Added (4/7) CARES Act Summary: From Ball State University, a summary of the CARES Act signed into law on March 27, 2020 aimed at how to support staff during COVID-19 in regards to some financial implications. LINK