Resources from TASA Corporate Partners
TASA Corporate Partners have stepped up to provide a variety of products and services at no charge to Texas school districts as school leaders work to establish remote learning programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
ABM’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information Center provides information on enhanced cleaning and employee safety, including best practices during building closures and links to additional resources.
Achieve3000, the leader in differentiated instruction, is opening access to its proven-effective online learning resources for schools, educators, and students. Achieve3000 serves more than 4 million students today with digital solutions for English language arts, science, and social studies in 34,850 schools throughout the country. Learn more.
Amazon Business has developed the Distance Learning Hub as a resource center for preK-12 institutions:
Prioritized education supplies. Purchase essential education supplies, learn-at-home technology and shelf-stable foods in the Distance Learning Supplies store. These products are in stock and are expected to arrive in seven days or less. Work directly with Amazon Business to source large quantity orders by utilizing Amazon’s supply chain.
Fast-tracked relief fund allocation. Use Budget Management capabilities to quickly allocate relief funds to schools or teachers. Reduce manual processes, manage spend with pre-purchase approvals, blocked products and spend limits, while tracking to purchasing guidelines.
Flexible, multi-location shipping. Create central pick-up locations or upload addresses in bulk to get resources to students as fast as possible. Contact us for support building a multi-location shipping plan with pre-purchase controls and reporting to help you track to your compliance guidelines.
Learn more and connect with an Amazon Business K-12 Customer Advisor on the Amazon Business Distance Learning Hub.
- As K–12 and higher education institutions around the world adopt remote learning, Apple has new resources to support teachers, instructional coaches, and parents, IT professionals, and more.
- Apple’s new virtual one-on-one coaching sessions with Apple Professional Learning specialists can help educators hone their approach to online student learning and workflows. Teachers email email@example.com to request a free 30-minute private virtual coaching session, and they can huddle by role as well (ex. 5 ESL/ELL or Math Teachers, etc).
ClassLink’s “Remote Learning Made Possible” webpage features a variety of resources, including: remote learning case studies; guides for parents, teachers, and administrators; and links to helpful articles.
In response to the rapid shift to remote learning, ClassLink has created two rubrics to help school districts and states self-assess their readiness for remote learning and returning back to school for 2020-21. These tools—Rubrics for Back to School and Education Continuity Plans—are intended to exist in the public domain and may be adapted to fit each district’s needs and to share exemplars among districts. Learn more.
See the College Board’s Coronavirus updates webpage for news on test administrations.
The College Board has launched this AP Central webpage to provide information about flexible testing options for schools experiencing substantial disruption or closure and guidance for schools that plan to maintain AP instruction while students are at home.
Free online video lessons developed by AP teachers are available for the AP topics and skills typically taught in the final weeks of each AP course. Watch videos.
The College Board and Khan Academy continue to provide free resources online, including full-length practice tests and personalized learning tools at khanacademy.org/sat.
CrisisGo has announced its latest product release designed to help institutions impacted by the pandemic begin recovery efforts and planning to reopen. Safety CheckIn is a non-intrusive intelligent survey solution with immediate escalation that allows administrators to frequently ‘check in’ with their staff and community and gather real-time data to inform critical decisions. This tool does not require an app to download and works simply through email and/or SMS, and it provides localized data to make better decisions. With this product release, CrisisGo is also rolling out a facilities audit tool that will help users ensure the safety, security, and health-quality of buildings and campuses, fleets, and more. Learn more.
CrisisGo has launched a microsite to distribute resources and information to help schools, businesses, government agencies and other organizations begin planning for the reopening and recovery phases of the pandemic response.
Discovery Education has introduced Coding, a complete digital service supporting coding education at the elementary and middle school levels. All current users of Discovery Education Experience will receive free access to Coding through the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.
Discovery Education’s new virtual learning resource center is designed to help teachers develop and deliver remote lessons to homebound students.
Discovery Education has partnered with Afterschool Alliance to launch a new iOS app called Social Distancing Trainer. Available now at no cost in the Apple App store, it brings important educational information about safe and healthy social distancing to students and teachers around the globe through the power of augmented reality. Learn more.
Discovery Education has partnered with the National Afterschool Association to launch the Virtual Learning Response Fund, which will provide professional development support to educators to enable the successful transition to virtual learning environments and enhance their ability to deliver instruction to meet today’s needs.
- Engage2learn is producing new, custom quality free resources and tools that you can trust to assist your virtual efforts. The newest additions are a Parent Toolkit for School Closures. Also available in Spanish.
- 2020-21 Instructional Planning for Distance Learning
- 3 Steps to Mitigate Learning Loss: An Actionable Plan to Start Today
- The Next 90-Day Plan for Instructional Leaders
ETS has made resources available from the ProEthica Program to support educators in recognizing and avoiding ethical risks in the remote learning environment. These resources include awareness of confidential student data and appropriate use of social media. Access free printable articles, case studies, and videos.
- Google is offering free access to its advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities to all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers globally.
- Google’s Teach from Home Hub contains information, tips, resources and tools to help teachers keep teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic school closures.
- Google also offers a remote work resource center and a COVID-19 website focused on education, prevention, and local resources. There you can find Texas-based information, safety, and prevention tips, search trends related to COVID-19.
- Google is expanding at-home learning with 30 days of training at no cost.
HMH is offering schools and families a comprehensive collection of high-quality resources to help keep students engaged and learning safely. You’ll find free learning activities, lessons, downloadables, and videos for grade K–12 kids to keep learning and growing at grade level. In addition, HMH is offering building and district-level administrators and coordinators complimentary access to our Waggle, Writable, and Amira Learning program. Learn more about HMH’s At-Home Learning Support.
Huckabee’s MORE Momentum video series highlights how the architecture/engineering firm’s educational partners are investing their time, energy, and focus to keep the momentum going during this unprecedented “pause.”
The first video is a 30-minute virtual chat about Northwest ISD’s postponed $986.6 million May bond election and what both the district and community are doing to keep momentum during this unprecedented time. It provides insight on steps the district is taking to stay ahead of planning, continue to communicate with stakeholders, and prepare for a November election. Whether you have also delayed your bond election to November, were considering calling one in the next year or are in the middle of executing a current bond program, tune in for strategies you may find helpful to apply in your district.
Episode #2 focuses on how to be intentional with construction, operations, and planning efforts, as well as ways school districts can engage in long-range planning (and its benefits) within a virtual environment. The webinar features Dr. Bill Chapman, Superintendent of Jarrell ISD; Mike Vermeeren, Director of Planning at Huckabee; and Suzanne Marchman, a Director of Client Communications at Huckabee.
Istation’s mission has always been to help students succeed and grow, and in uncertain times, that support is even more important. With that in mind, Istation is providing the tools to keep students thriving with computerized learning programs for reading, math and Spanish literacy. Find step-by-step instructions on how to get the most out of Istation at home.
JASON Learning is offering closed school districts free online access to its digital platform and STEM curricula through the end of April. JASON will also offer a free series of online webinars to provide additional support to educators using JASON resources to help them conduct STEM learning activities and effectively manage their students remotely. To activate district-wide access to JASON’s digital platform, please complete the short online form on this webpage.
To help schools respond to community questions and concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, K12 Insight is offering its Let’s Talk! customer experience solution for free for three months. Built specifically for use by K-12 school districts, K12 Insight’s Let’s Talk! customer experience platform helps schools engage their communities around critical issues, improve response times, and collaborate internally to streamline departmental efficiencies, while providing access to more consistent and accurate information. For the next three months, the company will partner directly with Texas school districts to launch COVID-19 specific landing pages, providing community members with a virtual response center to get up-to-date information, ask questions and report concerns during the pandemic. To learn more about Let’s Talk!, sign up for a free demo. Additionally, you can read more about how school districts are using Let’s Talk! to manage community conversations around COVID-19.
From the provider of the MAP Suite of assessments, click here to learn about:
- 4 tips for families homeschooling during the coronavirus pandemic
- “3 digital tools I love – especially now that my school’s closed,” 5th grade teacher
- 16 free digital resources for reading, math and MAP Growth to use at home during COVID-19 crisis
- 4 valuable sites for teaching during coronavirus school closures
The current global health crisis has toppled economic markets, forced Texans to shelter in place, and closed schools across the state. But it has done nothing to diminish the determination of Texas educators to meet the needs of all students. Texas educators are responding to the call. They deserve our thanks and our support, now, and as we look to the future. Check out Raise Your Hand Texas’ new Rising to the Challenge blog.
When faced with adverse events such as COVID-19, supporting student trauma resiliency becomes top of mind. RTI’s Center for Education Services is offering resources and custom virtual trainings to help support the changing needs of students and teachers in the transition from this school year, to the summer months, and back to the classroom. Learn more.
The Scholastic Learn at Home website gives children, families and educators valuable cross-curricular, literacy, and current events resources.
Teaching Our World help educators and families provide age-appropriate information about the coronavirus to inform students and ease their fears.
Scholastic Home Base is where children can meet their favorite book characters, write stories, and hang out with other readers in a safe, moderated space. Many favorite authors will host live events here.
During this time of crisis, Scholastic is supplementing the cost of Grab and Go Book Packs to ensure an equitable learning experience at home for all children.
Scientific Learning is offering free licenses of Reading Assistant Plus through June 30. Students practice independent reading with this virtual tutor that “reads” with model fluency to the student, “listens” while a student reads a selection aloud, detects when they falter, and provides immediate intervention in the form of correct pronunciation. Educators easily monitor progress as students of all levels develop reading vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension skills. Learn more.
Steelcase Education offered a webinar, “The Big Online Learning Experiment,” in which host Jeff Selingo and a panel of education experts discussed:
- Best practices for schools and teachers as they quickly pivot to a remote classroom
- How to keep students engaged and connected while learning online
- What today’s crisis means for the physical classroom in the future
Other webinar recordings such as “Reimagining Teaching + Learning” and “Exploration of Active Learning” are available for viewing as well.
No one has to face financial challenges or struggle alone. TCG is proving free financial consultations via phone or live video chat for all Texas educators. This is your chance to discuss important topics like emergency budgeting, understanding government relief options, strategizing cash flow, and more. Visit the COVID19 Hub to learn more about legislative changes impact retirement plans or schedule a free Telewealth Virtual Appointment with an advisor to discuss any financial situation.
Thoughtexchange is offering free, no-strings-attached exchanges to support school districts in having conversations with stakeholders about COVID-19. How are districts are using Thoughtexchange to deal with COVID-19? Here are some questions being asked by districts all across North America: What are your thoughts and questions about COVID-19, and how we can best support one another as a community at this time? What are some of the most important things we need to consider as we respond to COVID-19 and prepare for the future? What are some important things to consider regarding extended school closures and the impact on our community due to the COVID-19 pandemic? As we manage the impact of COVID-19, what are some of the most important things we need to do to keep everyone connected and productive while working remotely? Learn more and request an exchange.
Resources from Other Organizations
A variety of other education-related associations, organizations, and companies are providing valuable information or services to assist school leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic.
TASA's Inspiring Leaders Podcast
Resources from TASA Members
Find resources, ideas, and tools being used in districts across the state that may be helpful in yours.
COVID-19 Online Events & Webinars