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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.

AASA, The Superintendents Association

AASA’s coronavirus resource webpage includes resources that may be of interest or help to school leaders. AASA is offering a series of virtual events designed for school leaders to learn about topics related to running their districts under quarantine, staying connected to staff and students, implementing and ensuring quality distance learning, and more.

The AASA COVID-19 Recovery Task Force has published AASA’s Guidelines for Reopening Schools. Find the guidelines on the Guidelines for Reopening Schools website or download the PDF guidelines.

AASA has created this downloadable infographic to show the risk levels associated with various school-related activities.

 

 

Children's Advocacy Center of Texas

CACTX, which is composed of the 71 local children’s advocacy centers (CACs) serving children throughout Texas by supporting the multidisciplinary teams who investigate and prosecute child abuse cases, has put together Resources for Parents, Teachers, & Community Members In Response to the Coronavirus Crisis, including a Teacher’s Guide: Response to COVID-19 (PDF).

Cook Children's

Dr. Marc Mazade, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Cooks Children’s, worked with more than 50 physicians to create this list of “Recommendations for the Practical, Fair, and Safe Reopening of Public Schools K-12 in the State of Texas.”

CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking)

CoSN (Texas state affiliate chapter is The Texas K-12 CTO Council) has created a Responding to Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage with resources to provide information for school leaders as they deal with this current national emergency. Under the “CoSN Resources” tab there is a document titled, “Preparing To Take Your Schools Online” and another on Cybersecurity Consideration in a COVID-19 World.” More resources and papers to come in the next weeks and months.

Each month, CoSN shares a blog post and webinar invitation on digital learning topics to TASA members and other Texas school leaders via TASA’s Mission: School Transformation website: FutureReadyTX.org.

 

Education Reimagined

Education Reimagined, an organization focused on learner-centered education and guided by a transformational vision for the future of education, has launched a Distance Learning Resource Center that is updated regularly.

Region 20 ESC

The Region 20 Education Service Center’s COVID-19 Support & Resources webportal features resources on CTE, counseling, district instructional plans, instructional support, parent resources, superintendent resources, virtual field trips, and more.

 

EducationSuperHighway

EducationSuperHighway, a national organization with the mission to upgrade internet access for all public schools, has recently launched Digital Bridge K-12: an initiative dedicated to helping school districts address the home learning gap. EducationSuperHighway has developed a number of resources to support states, as well as an initial toolkit for school districts. The resource guide sets out best practices how to address the learning gap locally and examples for school districts to partner with their local telecommunications carrier or wireless provider to help connect students WiFi hotspots.

 

Moak, Casey & Associates

View a running list of the latest developments along with some key takeaways from Moak, Casey by clicking the News Feed button on the organization’s COVID-19 Resource Center webpage.

View the webinar “COVID-19 & School Finance” in which the Moak, Casey finance team focuses on state funding issues, including the impact of the crisis on 2019-20 school business operations, 2020-21 budget considerations, and the 87th legislative session.

View the webinar “COVID-19 & Accountability” in which the accountability team at Moak Casey focuses on guidance related to instructional continuity, grading and assessments, and what the cancellation of STAAR means for school district accountability.

 

Opportunity Labs

Opportunity Labs has created a roadmap of essential actions to help district and school leaders plan and implement a safe, efficient, and equitable return to school.

Texas AFT

Texas AFT’s COVID-19 resource webpage features resources from AFT’s Share My Lesson as well as links to news and other related information.

 

Texas Association of School Boards

TASB has compiled the latest resources to help districts return to the classroom as safely as possible. See TASB’s Return-to-School Resources.

TASB’s coronavirus resources webpage includes information and tools related to personnel and governance issues, video/phone meetings and the Open Meetings Act, elections, food service, facilities, grading, and more. Visit the webpage.

 

Texas OnCourse

Texas OnCourse has a new resource for education leaders facilitating remote professional development for their staff. Their remote PD toolkit includes step-by-step instructions, worksheets, and a PowerPoint template for leading remote PD on college, career, and military readiness. Download the free toolkit on the Texas OnCourse website.

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Texas School Public Relations Association

The Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA) and Friends of Texas Public Schools (FOTPS) have created a two-page PDF flier reminding parents and community members why Texas public schools are the best choice, even amid pandemic. These may be helpful in communications reminding parents of the benefits of keeping children enrolled in our Texas public schools.

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Texas School Safety Center

As we continue to social distance, schools may be looking to explore additional ways to connect with students and families to ensure a holistic approach of engagement and to assess and assist with student needs. The TxSSC has developed a guidance document for schools on How to Stay Connected to Students in a Time of Disconnection that is included in the COVID-19 Resources for Schools on the TxSSC COVID-19 Updates webpage.

Texas State Teachers Association

TSTA’s coronavirus webpage features resources for Texas educators, support professionals, and other school employees.

 

 

Thompson & Horton LLP

Thompson & Horton attorneys have created general guidance documents related to the most pressing issues confronting schools and other institutions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Because the legal landscape is rapidly evolving, the firm will be continually updating and adding to this T&H COVID-19 resource webpage. Check back frequently for updates. If you have questions or need guidance after reviewing the resource page, please contact any T&H attorney. Documents linked on the resource page will provide information about how to contact the appropriate T&H team member.

Underwood Law Firm

The Underwood Law Firm has posted information on Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which applies to public employers such as school districts. The provisions, which relate to emergency paid sick leave, emergency family and medical leave, and tax credits for emergency PSL and paid emergency FMLA, took effect April 2 and remain in effect through the end of 2020. Also see Underwood’s Special Education Updates Regarding COVID-19.

Offers from Education-Related Companies

The following companies are offering free products or services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

American Institutes for Research

COVID-19 FAQs in Plain English: AIR created this FAQ for an 8th grade reading level that addresses a variety of topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic and is available in English, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese. Questions were drawn from numerous reliable government sources. The document was developed as a resource for schools, day cares, healthcare organizations, and other public centers to distribute.

New Resource for Parents: Building Positive Conditions for Learning at Home: Strategies and Resources for Families and Caregivers In this resource, AIR highlights four related concepts that are essential to consider: (1) adult readiness to support their child’s learning; (2) emotional safety; (3) supportive spaces; (4) engagement in learning. In the coming weeks, AIR will share strategies and selected resources in each of these critical areas and describe developmental differences to consider (e.g., what this looks like for a younger child compared to a teenager). The resources will be available in English and Spanish to start. In addition, AIR is coordinating these efforts with a group of state and local education agency partners, the National PTA, and The Urban League.

Webinar for Teachers on April 16: “What About You? Strategies for Supporting Educator Resilience and Trauma-Informed Self-Care” Register online.

Podcasts for Parents and Educators: Episode #3: The Science of Safe, Supportive Learning at Home, with David Osher; Episode #4: Communities of Practice During COVID-19, with Melissa Rasberry and Marshal Conley

Aperture Education

Aperture Education is offering a collection of free resources to support SEL. This includes downloadable strategies that educators can send to their students while they are out of school, professional development resources for educators including the EdSERT Optimistic Thinking Guide, and additional resources such as white papers, videos, and blog posts to support educators during this time. Aperture also has a parent portal with additional resources families can access during this transition period.

Cambridge

Cambridge is  offering schools and educational programs access to 25 free courses to their online learning material.

Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media’s website features recommendations for entertainment and at-home learning for kids as well as stress-management resources.

Donovan Group

As a national leader in crisis communications for school districts, Donovan Group has created a Coronavirus/COVID-19 landing page that offers free, regularly updated resources to help school districts to communicate about the impact of the pandemic on students, families and staff.

Edusmart Science

Austin-based Edusmart Science is making available a Daily Science Lesson Library for K-9 (bio) for districts across Texas. They’ve created 130+ TEKS lessons and support all learners, especially special education and English learners:

These TEKS-focused lessons contain a short playlist of student activities that can be completed with or without adult supervision.  Teachers can register for free Daily Science Lessons and access the entire archive.  Use these lessons by themselves or to complement your campus/district activities. 

Encyclopaedia Britannica

Encyclopaedia Britannica is offering all schools and students free access to its popular LaunchPacks® Science and Social Studies learning content. To access the platform, schools can register online and refer to the ‘how to use’ guide for remote learning at LaunchPacks.

Flinn Scientific

Flinn Scientific is making available a robust collection of resources for science education.

1GPA

1GPA has awarded vendors on contract that are standing by and ready to assist school districts with their needs. Whether it be Janitorial Supplies, Custodial Services, Technology, Office Supplies, Tutoring or Mentoring, 1GPA has a solution. Vendors are working hard to increase production to restore normal availability of high demand items. In an effort to save time, some are even drop shipping items directly from the manufacturer to the end-user. See a list of available resources and support.

GovSpend

GovSpend would like to offer TASA members free access to their services throughout this pandemic:

GovSpend Services

  • Find vendors of goods and services that have already been selling to government agencies
  • Check prices for products and services based on other agencies’ purchases
  • Purchase from state contracts, local contracts, Co-Ops and consortiums
  • Verify if a vendor is sole source
  • Browse bid specs from other agencies’ bids
  • Search for agency contacts to network with peers

GovQuote Services

  • Request quotes in 60 seconds or less
  • Quickly get the best price
  • Find socio-economic vendors
  • Receive quotes directly in your inbox
  • Receive an audit record for all quotes
  • Centralize procurement for collaboration and team management

Learn more.

Headspace

Headspace is offering free access to its online meditation/relaxation app for educators and administrative staff.

IBM

IBM Expert Task Force: IBM volunteers have assembled multiple teams of experts to provide a wide range of technical skills, industry best practices, and coaching to address the most pressing challenges presented by COVID-19. They provide an external perspective to help enable and accelerate your team’s ongoing hard work. Examples where they can add value: network infrastructure including student internet access, device distribution / maintenance / accountability, online classroom engagement / strategies, IT coaching for students/educators/staff, virtual event planning, effective management of a remote workforce, facilitation of workshops allowing districts to share best practices and lessons learned. Contact Sherry Wynn to learn more.

IBM AI Education: This online professional development for educators provides an excellent example of interactive, online classroom engagement PLUS allows educators to earn an IBM industry digital badge in AI.

IBM Online Learning Resources: The IBM Skills team offers webinars, courses, and resources for students and educators. Topics range from cutting-edge technologies to how to use technology in the classroom and even professional skills. The IBM Academic Initiative allows and encourages faculty, students, and researchers at accredited academic institutions to leverage IBM tools, courses, and other resources in the classroom – most notably free access to the IBM Cloud for their computing projects, online courses with badges, and free software downloads.

Impero Software

Impero Software is making its Impero Education Pro web-based software free for the remainder of the school year to districts that do not already have remote monitoring software in place.

Insperity

HR company Insperity has several recorded webinars on financial topics and the CARES Act on their COVID-19 webpage.

Learning List

Contact Learning List for free access to a customized library of reviews for up to three products per subject and grade span that your district is considering or using to support distance learning. Tools on the Learning List site will allow you to compare the alignment and features of those materials instantly. If you don’t know which materials to use, Learning List can provide suggestions for your consideration. Please contact Jackie Lain, JackieL@Learninglist.com, to discuss your needs.

MasteryPrep

MasteryPrep is here to bridge the gap in an e-learning environment and assist in the absence of teacher led courses by providing your students with much needed college readiness preparation in lieu of waivers of state accountability. To help students master the ACT/SAT from a distance, MasteryPrep will have 3 completely digital college readiness solutions:

  • Free, online ACT practice testing and instant feedback through TruScore Online
  • Live ACT/SAT Boot Camp via webinar (with an option to view the recording if students miss it).
  • ACT Essentials, online ACT prep course proven to boost scores by 2-4 points in as little as 4 weeks.

PBL Works

PBLWorks has created a resource site to provide teachers with ideas, examples, and tools to facilitate project-based learning remotely. It addresses teachers’ most frequently cited requests, including: projects that can be adapted for remote learning across the grade levels, technology solutions for collaboration and connection, and ideas for how families can support their PBL students.

Additional resources on the website include a series of free webinars about doing PBL remotely, articles on best practices for remote learning, and ideas for making remote learning accessible for all students.

Qualtrics

Qualtrics, a TEA technology partner, is offering public schools a free resource to help them evaluate if they have what they need to succeed in an online learning environment and identify areas for improvement.

Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments is offering several free resources to help students and teachers continue teaching and learning remotely.

Vernier Software & Technology

Vernier Software & Technology is providing free remote learning solutions to keep students engaged in STEM during school closures.

Zoom

Zoom is removing the 40-minute time limit on their Basic free account for K-12 schools affected by closures.

Resources from TASA's 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.

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