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Online Learning and Other Resources for the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic: Home

Important Information about this Guide

This guide has been created for the purpose of supplying SERC consultants, teachers, education professionals, parents, SERC Library patrons, etc. with important resources and links needed to support the online learning of Connecticut K-12 students during the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). As we all adapt to distance learning and the work-from-home environment, we invite you to explore the above tabs and resources within to help support you, your families, your students, and your colleagues in this time of social distancing.

During the school closure related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CSDE Commissioner has waived the requirement for individual contracts between school districts and providers of educational technology solutions.  However, the use of educational technology solutions must be from companies that have provided digital assurances that they comply with Connecticut’s law by signing the “Connecticut Student Data Privacy Pledge.”  SERC does not guarantee that the companies represented by these resources have provided such assurances.  Please see the list of companies that have provided assurances of compliance with Connecticut’s law at the following link: https://connecticut.learnplatform.com/ .

Please contact your district for more information.

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Remote Learning Online Resources and Copyright Infringement

The SERC Library would like to remind its patrons and (virtual) visitors that the process of creating and using online remote learning resources always should be watched closely with regards to the potential of a copyright infringement.

We want to draw your attention to this article that was published by Shipman & Goodwin LLP and informs about 'Remote Learning Online Resources and Copyright Infringement'. Antonetti and Zittoun point out that 'The Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act specifically addresses the use of copyrighted material in an online educational format and establishes conditions under which the transmission of such material will not be considered copyright infringement.' Read more about those conditions in the article.

Furthermore, they write that 'As an alternative to following the TEACH Act requirements, educators can ensure that their use of copyrighted material is lawful by seeking a license or permission to use the work in their online lessons.  Given the unprecedented closure of schools across the country and the transition to online teaching and learning, many publishers have adapted their policies to allow educators to use their materials as they teach in a virtual format. A list of publishers who have granted permission and the guidelines and time frames they have established can be found on the School Library Journal’s website here. [...] 

Please continue to monitor ctschoollaw.com for updates concerning COVID-19. If you have specific questions about remote learning and avoiding copyright infringement, please contact Gwen J. Zittoun at gzittoun@goodwin.com or Dori Pagé Antonetti at dantonetti@goodwin.com.'

Upcoming Webinars and Live Online Events

Our Youth Speak: COVID Virtual Learning

Thursday, June 4 4:30–5:30 p.m

Pandemic or no pandemic, SERC will always find ways to maintain a focus on racial equity. Participants in these facilitated online discussions will have the opportunity to share their perspectives around the designated topic. All are welcome! This webinar is part two of five in the Racial Equity and Education During COVID-19: Our Community’s Perspective series.

 

Webinar Series Highlighting Resources For Teachers and Parents to Enhance the Continuity of Learning During COVID-19 for Children with Disabilities

Thursday, June 4 @ 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET

OSEP is hosting the first in a series of webinars focused on ready-to-use resources, tools, and practices from OSEP-funded grantees to support the educational, developmental, and social/emotional and behavioral needs of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities through remote and distance learning. With the extended school closures occurring across the country, many States, districts, and schools are now delivering instruction remotely while parents, families, and students are having to learn in entirely new ways and facing challenges when it comes to learning during these unprecedented times. It is important to provide continuity of learning and growth for all children and youth, particularly those with disabilities. This webinar offers an opportunity to highlight free resources, targeted at various stakeholders, aimed at exploring potential strategies and innovative approaches to address the critical needs of students with disabilities during the COVID-19 era.

 

From District Leaders, for District Leaders: A panel on Building Your Responsive Return Plans for 2020-2021 (COVID-19 Webinar Series) [Part 1B]

Friday, June 5 @ 8 PM PT/11 AM ET

As the school year ends, many districts are already preparing for the fall - this amid ongoing ambiguity about what states, and local health agencies may require. Join us as we listen to leaders from three districts as they share their process of return to school planning, their practical tips on how to begin, and what they wish they knew about return planning before getting started.

 

Digital Equity Strategies for Learning Beyond the Classroom

Monday, June 8 @ 5:00 PM EDT

In this edWebinar, three superintendents share the strategies they are implementing in their school districts to address digital access inequities.

 

The Impact of Equity: From Cradle to Careers

Thursday, June 11 @ 3 PM ET

In our rapidly changing world, the full impact of COVID-19 is yet to be determined. It may take years before we are able to reflect on our new reality and the new world that has been created. These realities will continue to raise the question of what equity will look like for the next generation of students and citizens. The one absent voice has been the voice of that next generation.

In this conversation, David Hardy, Managing Partner at Education Elements, will engage in a reunion of sorts with four of his former students (Tonie Chase, Jaryd Jones, Wayne Harding, Briana Thomas) who are now a year away from college graduation and entering this new normal as college graduates looking to find their place in the world. We will hear from them about the lessons they have learned in their education journey and what is needed to create educational equity for those that follow them.

 

COVID-19 and Anti-Asian Racism: Supporting Asian Students, Families, and Educators

Thursday, June 11 4:30–5:30 p.m

Pandemic or no pandemic, SERC will always find ways to maintain a focus on racial equity. Participants in these facilitated online discussions will have the opportunity to share their perspectives around the designated topic. All are welcome! This webinar is part three of five in the Racial Equity and Education During COVID-19: Our Community’s Perspective series.

 

Summer SEL Resources and Planning for Reentry

Monday, June 15, 2020 @ 2:00 PM EST

We want to support educators and families during COVID-19-related school closures, as well as offer resources and tips for successful reentry once schools reopen. This webinar will provide the latest updates on Second Step® and other social-emotional learning (SEL) resources available from the Committee for Children. These resources include materials educators can use with families and materials families can use directly. We encourage you to share your experiences and let us know what else we can do to support you as you support your students through this crisis.

 

Boldly Reimagining What Is Possible:Designing for More Equitable Schools (Part 2 of the Returning Planning Series)

Tuesday, June 16 @ 11 AM ET

The flaws and injustices in our educational institutions - that have existed for decades - have become more glaringly obvious as a result of the recent shelter-in-place orders. As we consider how school might look in the coming months and years, we must pause to consider what it will take to ensure we do not recreate the highly imperfect structures of our past. Join us for a conversation about designing for educational equity.

 

Expert Q&A: Supporting Family Engagement Now and for Back-to-School (Celebrating Resilience: A Summer Series)

Tuesday, June 16 @ 3 PM ET

When families are engaged in school, their children are more likely to succeed. Supporting family engagement and building positive family-school partnerships are at the core of our work as school and district leaders. But how can we adapt our family engagement frameworks to fit today’s context?

Join us for an expert Q&A with educational leaders to explore supporting family engagement. Panelists will cover:  

  • Learning from Dr. Karen Mapp’s Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships
  • Incorporating family and community engagement as a cornerstone of your district’s strategic plan 
  • Leveraging surveys to collect actionable, representative, and robust family engagement data to build an inclusive school community

 

Distance Learning and Family Engagement: The Perspective of Communities of Color

Thursday, June 18 @ 4:30–5:30 p.m

Pandemic or no pandemic, SERC will always find ways to maintain a focus on racial equity. Participants in these facilitated online discussions will have the opportunity to share their perspectives around the designated topic. All are welcome! This webinar is part four of five in the Racial Equity and Education During COVID-19: Our Community’s Perspective series.

 

Rethinking Teams for Return To School (Part 3 of the Return Planning Series)

Tuesday, June 23 @ 2 PM ET

Join us for a conversation about the strategies that teams -- whether central office or teacher teams -- can use to bring joy, create belonging, provide resilience, and prepare us for responding to the rapidly shifting nature of schooling.

 

Expert Q&A: Cultivating Students' Sense of Belonging with SEL

Wednesday, June 24 @ 2 PM ET

In the wake of school closures, district leaders, educators, parents, and students are adjusting to a new reality. Yet, social-emotional learning and belonging matter more than ever. What does cultivating a sense of belonging look like in a variety of school models as students transition back into the classroom? Join Metro Nashville Public Schools, Move This World, and Panorama Education as they discuss supporting students' sense of belonging in schools, online, or in a hybrid model.

Live Workshop: Cultivating Student Belonging: Now and Back to School

Thursday, June 25 @ 4:00 PM ET

Curious about how to virtually foster a sense of belonging for your district and school community? Looking for new strategies and systems to build a virtual classroom community? Join us to learn from districts across the country and gather strategies to start planning for back to school.

 

Mental Health and Racial Equity

Thursday, June 25 @ 4:30–5:30 p.m

Pandemic or no pandemic, SERC will always find ways to maintain a focus on racial equity. Participants in these facilitated online discussions will have the opportunity to share their perspectives around the designated topic. All are welcome! This webinar is part five of five in the Racial Equity and Education During COVID-19: Our Community’s Perspective series.

 

Planning for the New Normal of Teacher Competencies

Monday, June 29 @ 2 PM ET 

The response to COVID-19 tested teacher competencies in new ways, redefining the essential skills and abilities of our educator workforce. Join us for a conversation about how we might adjust our recruitment, onboarding, and teacher support to be agile in preparation for various return to school scenarios.

EASTCONN Webinar Series

EASTCONN is now offering interactive ZOOM Professional Learning trainings. EASTCONN's Educational Consultants will give one-hour interactive trainings on multiple times per week. These are all free and require no registration to attend.

Meet the Librarians

This Libguide has been put together by SERC Librarians, Cassondra McCarthy and Julia Klann, with added resources from select SERC Consultants. If you have any questions regarding the links or resources contained within this Libguide, please feel free to contact the SERC Librarians by clicking the button below.