Our statement concerning COVID-19

As a people-centered benefit company dedicated to making the world a better place, we care deeply about our staff, our partners, and the individuals and families everywhere being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In the interest of that commitment, we are operating at full capacity with staff working from home. We understand our stakeholders and partners are tackling new and critical challenges as they emerge daily. We are here to support you in finding solutions for your teachers and students. We look forward to getting through this together.

Remote Learning Resources

As education professionals take on new and critical challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, the learning experts here at Marzano Research have been working diligently during this unprecedented crisis to assemble and curate as many pertinent learning resources and insights as possible. In addition to our Regional Educational Laboratory work and recent blog post, our team has also compiled a robust list of quick links for Hot Topic issues that will hopefully be of use to the education community at large:

  • The U.S. Department of Education released a supplemental fact sheet that provides information on flexibility in determining how to meet needs of students with disabilities in an online learning environment. The fact sheet supplements the department’s questions-and-answers memo on providing services to students with disabilities during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Some states have developed guidelines for virtual learning for students with disabilities as part of an established online learning program. The Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute provides guidelines for supporting Individualized Education Program accommodations during online instruction.
  • Organizations also have resources that were developed to support established online learning programs to serve students with disabilities. The State Educational Technology Directors Association and the Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities provide tools (located here and here) that could support the current shift to online learning.
  • Research on online learning to serve students with disabilities provides teacher perspectives and information on parents’ roles and support.
  • REL Northeast & Islands has curated additional resources to share methods of providing online instructional support for students with disabilities.
  • Resources for implementing continued learning during emergency situations:
    • In 2014, the U.S. Department of Education released recommendations for schools to maintain teaching and learning during extended school dismissal. The memo provides considerations as well as resources to support implementation.
    • Quality Matters provides an emergency remote instruction checklist that includes considerations and actionable strategies for remote instruction in K–12 education.
    • The Indiana Department of Education developed an eLearning best practices checklist to support eLearning programs during snow days.
  • Resources for implementing continued learning specifically in response to COVID-19:
    • The Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center developed a key preparedness and response considerations memo for COVID-19. This memo provides general guidance as well as links to resources and tools developed by the center.
  • Additionally, many organizations have compiled lists of free online learning resources as well as options for internet access.
  • The U.S. Department of Education has several links related to online learning and tech-based education available to peruse HERE.
  • Several publications and products pertaining to online learning from the National Center for Education Statistics can be found HERE.
  • A list of 82 brand new Institute of Education Sciences-supported games and other resources that can be used for virtual learning during social distancing can be found HERE.
  • Digital Promise, a national nonprofit authorized by Congress to spur innovation in education and improve the opportunity to learn for all through technology and research, has created an online learning library where educators can find free materials based on type, grade level, and subject.

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