Resources for Teachers

The resources listed here are for teachers, school administrators, counselors, and other educators who are serving students during COVID-19 related school closures.

This page includes: online teaching tools, special education and ELL, best practices in online learning, self care, and online collaboration.

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Online Teaching Tools


**NEW (4/7) Indiana DOE Continuous Learning Guide: The Continuous Learning Guidance was developed by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) to meet the needs of school administrators, teachers, and the families they serve with immediate support to ensure learning may continue outside of the traditional school setting. IDOE is dedicated to providing quality support and resources to educators, families, and students. LINK

**NEW (4/1) All in One Resource: Wide Open School: Resources from 25 organizations to provide free online best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors of Common Sense. Will be updated frequently. LINK

Zoom: An online video conferencing platform with robust features. Free pricing tier available. LINK.

Open Sources: An up to date list of education companies offering free subscriptions for educators and families. LINK

Age of Learning: Access to ABCmouse, Adventure Academy, and ReadingIQ to serve students grade PK-8 for free. This does require the educator to provide some sign-up information. LINK

Scholastic Learn at Home: Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing using online Scholastic resources. LINK

Flipgrid: Offers a free, simple way to foster short video-based discussions on classroom topics. Resources provided for teachers to share ways to engage students at all grade-levels. LINK

Khan Academy: Khan Academy’s library of trusted standards-aligned practice and lesson covers math K-12 and is self-paced for the learner. LINK

Canva for Education: Create presentations, infographics, websites, reports, worksheets, posters, flyers and signage. Set up your class and share resources, designs and templates. Integrates with Google Classroom. Free for educators. LINK

Best Practices in Online Learning

IDOE E-Learning: Guidance from IDOE with resources for e-learning including links to checklists, implementation tools, and recorded webinars. LINK

TNTP Resources for Learning from Home: Guidance from a national virtual non-profit which includes guidance on how to maximize learning from home a list of open sources. LINK

Leading Equity Center: A step-by-step course to launch and lead an equitable online classroom. Provides self-paced video course to help teachers plan to deliver online learning. LINK

KQED: In addition to digital resources, KQED is hosting webinars to help teachers set up their digital classrooms and become familiar with digital resources. LINK

Special Education and ELL Supports

NOTE: Before leveraging the resources below, please consult with your school administration for school specific plans for supporting students with special needs and/or English language learners.

Special Education Resources:

IDOE: Guidance from the IDOE specific to supporting students with special needs. LINK

Chrome Extensions: List of Google Chrome extensions that serve as assistive technology to support a wide range of needs, including Text-to-Speech, Readibility, and Navigation. LINK

Conducting Virtual IEP Meetings: Considerations, useful ideas, tips, and useful resources to support with virtual IEP meetings. LINK

PATINS Project: An Indiana specific online site aimed in creating and sustaining equitable learning environments for every child by leveraging technology. Link specifically to digital education materials. LINK

Bookshare: eBooks provided for people with disabilities for free based on your reading need (audio, audio+highlighted text, braille, large-font, and other formats). LINK


English Language Learner Resources:

IDOE: Guidance from the IDOE specific to supporting English language learners. LINK

**(4/14) ESL at Home: Paper and pencil activities for families to do at home translated into 25+ languages. LINK

TalkingPoints: An app that allows you to reach all of your students’ families via text in different languages. NOTE: Does have a ‘sign up’ however, free currently for teachers. Please seek admin approval. LINK

Khan Academy-Spanish: The same great content of Khan Academy but in Spanish. Lessons in humanities, math, and science available for free. LINK

ESL Video: Free quizzes, lessons, and online conversation classes for linguistically diverse students with a variety of topics sorted by English language development level. LINK

The Spanish Experiment: Well-known children’s stories translated into Spanish and read-aloud by a native Spanish speaker. Read along in Spanish or English (or watch a video and listen). LINK


Self-Care & Social Emotional Learning (SEL)


**Added (4/23) 220. Online activities and worksheets to help students set goals, work on their leadership skills, self-reflect and more. LINK

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

**Added (4/20) Second Steps. Online lessons and professional development focused on Second Steps SEL Curriculum. LINK

TheFiveStarLife. Social and Emotional Learning video curriculum for kids and families to view weekly on YouTube. LINK

Revelations in Education: Resources from Dr. Lori Desautels of Butler University focused for parents, families, and teachers which will help to understand the science beneath behaviors and emotions that are affected by adversities much like the pandemic we are all experiencing in this time. LINK

YMCA of Greater Indianapolis: Offering free, daily Facebook Live workout and wellness classes. LINK

Teacher Wellness and Mindfulness w/Madeline: (YouTube) 10-minute videos from the SEL and Mindfulness Coach in MSD Washington Township supporting teachers with wellness. LINK

Move this World: A site providing access to unique SEL videos and breathing exercises for adults and families in the time of the Coronavirus. LINK

NeuroLeadership: Information for teacher sharing best practices on understanding your own cognitive capacity in the new work from home environment. LINK

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: A website aimed at raising the standard of care and improving access to services for traumatized children, their families, and communities across the US with special resources for COVID-19. LINK

Online Collaboration

K-12 Learning Possibilities in Pandemic Times: (Facebook) This purpose of this group is to crowd source online resources and support one another’s efforts in continued learning for K-12 students during pandemic school cultures. LINK

Keep Indiana Learning: (Facebook) The purpose of this group is to support educators through school closures by creating a community to share resources and best practices in online and blended learning activities. LINK

Virtual Educators Survival Guide: (Facebook) The purpose of this group is to support students, parents, administrators, teachers and counselors during the COVID-19 pandemic with online resources and best practices from online administrators. LINK