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 during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide remote learning and address health, safety, and other issues.
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.
- 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.
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
EveryDay Labs has created a Family Insights Toolkit, which provides “strategies for effectively developing family-school partnerships in the COVID-19 era and beyond.” Download the toolkit.
They also offer a webinar series featuring Dr. Todd Rogers, Dr. Karen Mapp, Hedy Chang, and Phyllis Jordan (FutureEd). Topics include:
- Using Data to Implement Equity-Focused Attendance Strategies
- Smart Strategies for Attendance in the Age of COVID-19
- Recreating the Conditions for Learning this Fall
- Making Family-School Partnerships More Effective This Fall
- 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.
Think Connected! How will you navigate a blended in-person and remote school year? Imagine if the data, curriculum, and professional learning you needed were all in one place. HMH Connected Teaching and Learning is that vision brought to reality, designed to streamline your day so you have more time for what matters, connecting to students. Learn more about HMH Think Connected!
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.
In Huckabee’s third episode of MORE Momentum, they discuss one aspect of a re-opening strategy: Facilities and Campus Utilization. Huckabee and the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) walk through two campuses to discuss TxSSC’s new draft guidance on re-opening schools. They share feedback and considerations from school district personnel, administrators and an infectious disease specialist on practical application of the draft guidance. The content TxSSC is a starting point for school districts to assess their own re-opening policies; the draft document referenced in the webinar can be found on the TxSSC COVID-19 resource page.
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.
Now more than ever, students will depend on adults in their school for trauma and mental health support. When educators have professional learning opportunities to practice empathy and build trust, these skills build the foundation of a safe and nurturing school environment for students. Explore this free guide from Kognito to learn how adult SEL simulations empower educators to be the safety net that will get your students back on the path to classroom learning.
LPA has launched an initiative to bring together the best available information to help your internal planning efforts. This is not a planning guide. It’s not a tool kit. The goal is to aggregate, analyze, and share the best available information. There are three distinct elements to the material: Research briefs on specific topics from LPAred, their in-house research team; technical documents reflecting the work of LPA’s integrated team of engineers, landscape architects and interior designers; and insights and analysis from education leaders.
Texas K-12 Response Pandemic Planning: LPA’s plan is to build this document in chapters over the next year, as more information becomes available and new opportunities and issues emerge. LPA wants to assist your planning efforts in any way they can, understanding that every school and community is unique.
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
PBK’s team of K-12 design, maintenance and operations experts has developed free resources focused on optimizing educational facilities for wellness, in preparation for a return to school. The creative solutions outlined in Building Well and Healthy Schools range from simple, no-cost ideas to larger-scale upgrades and can be customized according to each campus’s individual needs.
- Download the “Building Well” Whitepaper and learn about evolving trends and applications for MEP systems and procedures that can promote wellness and assist in mitigating the spread of communicable disease.
- Download the “Healthy Schools!” Whitepaper and discover evolving solutions for learning environments that promote wellness for educational communities.
As districts consider at-home remote learning, socially distanced schools, or hybrid models, school leaders and educators can use this opportunity to intentionally integrate technology into their regular instruction. Blended learning combines the best of in-person instruction with technology to personalize instruction. Although true blended learning cannot take place without the face-to-face component, these resources offered by Raise Your Hand Texas provide administrators, school leaders, and educators with actionable and solution-oriented blended learning tools to strengthen teaching and learning during the 2020-21 school year.
Focus Skills are—simply put—the building blocks of student learning. Based on extensive research into how learning progresses in reading and mathematics, Focus Skills provide a roadmap for closing learning gaps as you move every student toward greater mastery. Visit the Renaissance Focus Skills Resource Center to learn more.
Available resources include:
- View focus skills for literacy and math by state
- Download the Focus Skills Research Brief
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.
Schools are at the heart of every successful community, and while the COVID-19 pandemic has recently caused each of us to change our routines and set us on a new course, it has been inspiring to watch our school systems respond quickly and adapt to the changing conditions.
As we begin to emerge from the pandemic into a new normal, Stantec has created an informational guide — “Getting Back to School K-12: Responding to COVID-19” — to identify measures and best practices that will raise the right questions and guide schools in making decisions as students and staff begin returning to school. Download your free copy.
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.
Resources from TASA Members
Find resources, ideas, and tools being used in districts across the state that may be helpful in yours.
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