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:
Some states are modifying graduation requirements while others are supporting districts in being flexible with current requirements. The Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinED) compiled each state’s high school graduation requirements in response to COVID-19.
In 2016, the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education developed the Guiding Principles for Use of Technology with Early Learners. The guidance discusses how the “thoughtful use of technology by parents and early educators can engage children in key skills such as play, self-expression, and computational thinking.”
In 2016, the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the Early Learning and Educational Technology Policy Brief. This brief provides information to help early educators (including those in-home settings), early learning programs, schools, and families make informed choices on the use of technology by young children.
Carrie Germeroth, senior managing researcher at Marzano Research, provides some valuable teach-from-home education exercises as well as several links to online resources for Birth-5 learners in her blog post “Tips for Early Math Learning.”
Marzano Research partners Bright By Three, a nonprofit organization that supports families and children by providing educational resources, provides free learning tips and various other development resources to help parents and caregivers; these resources can be obtained via SMS text message by clicking HERE.
The Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts supports over 100,000 children and early childhood educators worldwide. Learn more about the institute and check out their FREE digital resources for ECE teachers HERE.
The Early Learning Lab blog post “Homeschooling During the Coronavirus Epidemic” features quality advice about home schooling your children during the coronavirus pandemic from the perspectives of early childhood education professional Chris Sciarrino and parent Sarah Flores:
The National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families has five helpful tips for parent or grandparent looking to make the most of their video chats with the kiddos while we’re all practicing social distancing.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth can help connect home visiting services to families. Read all about research-supported technological outreach strategies from Child Trends’ Lauren Supplee and Sarah Crowne HERE.
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.
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.
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.
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.
John Lopez2020-10-13T16:22:52+00:00October 12th, 2020|
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