Staff Resources

STAFF RESOURCES

Preparing to Take School Online? Here Are 10 Tips to Make It Work opens in new window
A comprehensive article from EdSurge for school leaders preparing to transition to online learning, with a focus on communication needs.

edWeb Resources for Online Learning and Collaboration:
A collection of free webinars for teachers related to online learning and collaboration.

Best Student-Collaboration Tools:
These tools mix productivity and creativity, getting students to share and collaborate on projects, give and take feedback, annotate, brainstorm, make media, or just hang out. Curated my Common Sense Media

Teacher Guide to Online Learning opens in new window:
A comprehensive guideā —covering topics from student engagement to assessmentā —to support those new to teaching online from Michigan Virtual Learning Institute.

The Student-Centered Classroom: Communicating What Matters opens in new window:
An Edutopia article exploring students' ownership of the classroom and communication practices.

Using Morning Messages to Start the Day in Distance Learning opens in new window:
This Edutopia article provides ideas for morning meetings in a remote learning environment.

7 Ways to Maintain Relationships During Your School Closure:
An Edutopia article from Sarah Gosner with seven practical suggestions compiled from colleagues, personal experience, and teacher input.

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL):
An organization supporting PK-12 educators in incorporating SEL into the classroom learning experience.

Common Sense Media Educator Toolkit: Social & Emotional Learning
A helpful resource, including articles, discussion guides, edtech toolkits, family resources, and lesson plans.

Flocabulary: Social & Emotional Learning:
A collection of videos, resources, and lesson plans related to social and emotional learning. Topics range from elementary to high school.

Relationships, Routines, and Resilience:
Resources from Turnaround Children, specifically created for the COVID-19 crisis but also generalizable
.

Wide Open Schools
A free and open collection of the best online learning experiences and
activities for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense Media.


Skype in the Classroom
A free global community that fosters empathy and compassion 
for each other and our planet.

Skype a Scientist 
Want to talk to a scientist? You've come to the right place.

Edutopia
A 5-Step Guide to Making Your Own Instructional Videos

2 Simple Ways to Improve Online Instruction.
Why Are Some Kids Thriving During Remote Learning?
A Guide to Equity and Antiracism for Educators

PBLWORKS
PBL Project Based Learning: Essential Project Design Elements. 
A research informed model for measuring, calibrating, and improving your practice.

HQPBL
High Quality Project Based Learning Framework

Single Point Rubric:
 Instead of filling out a grid of performance criteria, only one point is
expressed for each criterion.

OurStory
OurStory is a tool for kids, parents, educators, and librarians
to discover diverse books. 


ISTE
3 ways teachers can integrate SEL into online learning. 

AASL & ISTE
National School Library Standards crosswalk with ISTE Standards
for Students and Educators

OER Commons:
A public digital library of open educational resources. Explore, create, and collaborate
with educators around the world to improve curriculum. 

OER Interactive Content
Openly licensed educational resources to help you design interactive digital content. 
 

Library of Congress
Primary source sets

The Right Question Institute:

RQI makes it possible for all people to learn to ask better questions and
participate more effectively in key decisions. 

Make Just One Change:
A copy of this book is in our print collection!

A step-by-step strategy for teaching students how to formulate,
work with, and use their own questions. 

Teach 100:
Ranks and Scores hundred of education blogs.


Free Technology for Teachers:
The purpose of this site is to share information about free resources
that teachers can use in their classrooms.