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Online Learning and Other Resources for the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic: Preparing to Return

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Though Coronavirus continues to complicate education in the United States and across the world, actions are currently being taken to slowly reopen the economy in Connecticut. As the reopening process continues to progress, it will soon be expected that students and teachers return to schools.

Although we do not firmly know what that educational future might look like, the SERC Library has curated the materials and resources on this page to support educators and parents as we all consider important educational issues and continue to adapt to what the future of education might become.

Infographic: What Will It Cost To Open Schools?

This document estimates some of the expenses school districts may incur in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and as they plan to reopen for the 2020–2021 school year. These calculations assume the statistics of an average* school district with 3,659 students, 8 school buildings, 183 classrooms, 329 staff members, and 40 school buses (transporting at 25% capacity, or 915 students, to comply with recommended social distancing guidelines).

Provided by ASB International and AASA.

Webinar: Building Your Responsive Return Plans for 2020-2021 (Part 1B in the Return Planning Series)

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.

Provided by Education Elements

Webinar: Building Your Responsive Return Plans for 2020-2021

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.

ASCD In Service: Preparing Our School Districts for Fall 2020

This article, featured on ASCD In Service, reviews 90 essential questions that need to be answered by schools and districts before the start of the new school year.

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

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.

NGA Education's State Reopening Tracking

This chart indicates actions that states have taken to reopen educational settings, including child care settings, camps and summer school programming, K-12 schools, and postsecondary institutions. Please note this chart displays an evolving analysis of reopening in the education sector and is not exhaustive of statewide actions. This list addresses statewide guidance does not address K-12 district or individual postsecondary institution guidance. State reopening actions will continue to be tracked and updated within this chart.

Please scroll past the Resource buttons to find the chart.

EdSource: With Masks and Social Distancing, These Special Ed Students Have Already Returned To School

Education news source EdSource provides a look at how, for one middle school in California, some students with disabilities have returned to the classroom amidst the continuing Coronavirus pandemic.

Webinar: Communicating Through The Next Phase of Your Pandemic Response

With schools across the country in their second month of their pandemic response, districts are beginning to or in the process of implementing continued at-home learning plans and extended closures. With continued closures comes continued cycles of communicating new information to larger school and district communities.

This webinar will share key responsive practices to proactively communicate through the next phase of your COVID response. We will share our best practices for communication with a variety of stakeholders based on principles from the best-selling book, The New School Rules, and a practical cadence for sharing information. 

This webinar will include:

  • Consideration of responsive vs. traditional cycles of communication
  • A framework for communication to various stakeholder groups using responsive practices
  • Best practices for how much and how often you should be communicating through the next phase of school closures.

Webinar: Supporting School Reentry with SEL

This webinar will provide the latest updates (as of June 15, 2020) 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.

Provided by Second Step. 

Key Considerations for Special Educators and the Infants, Children, and Youth They Serve as Schools Reopen

The Council for Exceptional Children has provided a list of elements and considerations for educators and educational stakeholders to consider as they continue to plan to reopen schools in CT come September. 

Online School During the Coronavirus: Advice for Summer and Fall

From the temptation of Netflix to the awkward lulls of video conferencing — attending school from your home comes with a lot of challenges. The Lily talked to two experts who are uniquely equipped to help answer some of your questions about this unusual time. Here are five tips to consider this summer as you plan for the possibility of another semester online in the fall.