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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: .

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 for updates concerning COVID-19. If you have specific questions about remote learning and avoiding copyright infringement, please contact Gwen J. Zittoun at or Dori Pagé Antonetti at'

Upcoming Webinars and Live Online Events

Teaching Literacy in Times of Change and Uncertainty

Friday, August 7 @ 4 PM MDT

Saturday, August 8 @ 11 AM MDT

In early June, a group of literacy teachers, authors, consultants, coaches, and school administrators from across the country began gathering remotely to think about ways we might serve teachers and children under the new and daunting conditions of COVID-19, the perpetual struggle for educational equity, and the clarion call for anti-biased, anti-racist teaching. We agreed to host an online discussion that will focus on these most essential elements of teaching and learning in times of change and uncertainty. We hope and believe that this event will evolve into a series of online events throughout the coming school year. (Cost: $99 - $189)


Remote Learning for Secondary Math and Science: Strategies for Using What We’ve Learned

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 @ 5PM EST

This edWebinar will feature two innovative, tech-savvy secondary-level educators in math and science. Beth Tumminello and Kim Gardner will explore techniques, lesson plan development, tech tools—many of which have free versions—and more for middle grade math and high school science. These two teachers will share what they’ve learned and experienced during the sudden transition to remote learning and will highlight the instructional delivery techniques and tactics they plan to carry forward as school re-opens in multiple models this year.


Elevating Equity and Justice

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 @ 5:00pm–6:15pm EST

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 @ 5:00pm–6:15pm EST

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 @ 5:00pm–6:15pm EST

In this webinar series, Robert (Bob) Kim will connect several cases described in Elevating Equity and Justice to key developments in 2020: the COVID-19 pandemic, Black Lives Matter, Title IX, and recent U.S. Supreme Court cases involving DACA, LGBTQ rights, and other civil rights topics impacting students and educators. In each 75-minute session, Bob will lead the discussion of key 2020 developments and the legal and practical implications for educators and students. Participants will come away from the webinar series with greater awareness of the evolving legal rights of students, the rights and obligations of educators, and strategies on how to use legal materials as pedagogical tools to 1) engage with students on current events; and, 2) elevate the teaching of equity and social justice in the classroom. (Cost: $169)

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Ready for Reading—No Matter What Happens Next

Thursday, August 13, 2020 @ 5 PM EST

Despite the uncertainty surrounding back-to-school plans this year, one thing remains certain: we need our kids reading. This edWebinar will explore the specific ways teachers are utilizing digital reading programs to ensure every student stays connected to reading and to each other. Join Megan Edwards from KIPP St. Louis Schools as she walks us through her plan to get ready for reading—no matter what happens next. Megan is building a digital reading program on Glose for Education that delivers ebooks online and offline and creates a collaborative reading experience with annotations, reaction tools, and writing prompts. Most importantly, she’s working to instill reading habits that can withstand the uncertainty so many schools are facing right now. Glose for Education is free for teachers to use with one of their classrooms.


Moving Toward Healing for Authentic Racial Equity Transformation

Saturday, August 15 @ 1 PM EDT

A seminar led by 6 interracial female Racial Strategists with collective and racial affinity learning space for racial development. In this moment of racial reckoning, during a global pandemic, there are spiritual, emotional, and physical impacts that require intentional healing to fortify us as we engage in building a truly racially just world. This deeply personal work must take place intra-racially and interracially to abandon the “survival” model that encourages people from different racial identities to compete. We believe that we must create and embrace a healthy, sustainable model of racial transformation and thriving. (Cost: $10)


Monitoring Student Engagement in the “New Normal”

Monday, August 17, 2020 @ 3:30 PM EST

Join this edLeader Panel to see how Virginia Beach City Public Schools utilizes data analytics to monitor engagement patterns, application and device access, and more. The panelists will discuss the challenges present in monitoring engagement patterns and supporting students virtually. They will also share ideas and processes to support a review of engagement. Attendees will learn the methodologies being utilized by one large district to gather engagement data, assess patterns, and evaluate instructional technology access remotely.


“Take Heart” With Your Return to Learn: Fostering a Safe and Responsive Learning Environment

Monday, August 17, 2020 @ 5 PM EST

When it comes to gearing up for the return to school, what keeps you up at night? Navigating the return to school, no matter the modality of instruction, begins by establishing a safe and responsive learning environment for teachers and students. In this edWebinar, Lynn Walters, Vice President of Professional Learning at HMH, will explore social and emotional competencies and collectively attend to the social-emotional well-being of teachers, students, and their families.


Closing the Gap: Addressing Learning Loss During COVID-19

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 @ 3:00 PM EST


Developing Strong Readers at Any Distance

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 @ 5 PM EST

Discover ways to boost students’ reading growth and make up for lost learning time, whether you teach virtually or in the classroom. In this edWebinar, phonics expert Wiley Blevins and literacy author Patty McGee will share principles and practices for increasing student achievement through high-impact lessons, supportive instructional language, and culturally responsive texts for K-6.


Using Text Messaging to Engage Students and Reduce Absenteeism

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 @ 3 PM EST

Join Joanna Smith, CEO of AllHere, for this edWebinar as she provides insights and best practices on using SMS two-way conversational text messaging to engage students and parents, and how the science shows increased participation in remote or hybrid school settings and ultimately how to drive to higher student engagement and lower absenteeism.


Addressing the Remote Learning Needs of Emergent Bilingual Students

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 @ 3 PM EST

While the pandemic has presented many new challenges for schools, it has also provided educators with the chance to reevaluate how they’re teaching their emergent bilinguals, or English language learners (ELLs). What’s needed for successful remote language learning?

During this edWebinar, participants will challenge and dispel previous assumptions about English language learning, examine three key components of successful remote language learning, discuss three possible learning scenarios for the fall and how best to support emergent bilingual students in each one, and learn about a new edtech solution and the ways in which it can support emergent bilinguals this fall and beyond.

Back to School: Prioritizing Students' Social-Emotional Needs

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 @ 4 PM EST

Join Facing History And Ourselves as they share teaching strategies and flexible resources designed to help you begin getting to know your students as individuals and facilitating the process of creating an open, supportive, and reflective classroom community.


LSX Summit (The Science of Early Childhood Learning)

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 @ 11 AM 

Join New America for a line-up of mind-blowing ideas and innovative approaches to communicating the science of early learning. For the past two years, the Learning Sciences Exchange (LSX) fellows program has brought together experts in Europe and North America across four sectors—early learning research, policy, journalism, and entertainment—to share crucial insights from their fields and to collaboratively devise new methods for spreading the word about how to help young children develop and learn at their full potential. These fellows, working in teams for two years, have designed three scaleable projects that take creative, outside-the-box approaches to translating childhood development research for parents, educators, practitioners, and the broader public. Watch them showcase their ground-breaking work, ask them questions about their projects, and join New America, the International Congress on Infant Studies, and the Jacobs Foundation in an interactive discussion on why it is critical to elevate and improve early learning and science communication.


Planning a Digital Writing Unit for Online Instruction Using Mentor Texts

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 @ 7:00pm–8:15pm EST

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 @ 7:00pm–8:15pm EST

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 @ 7:00pm–8:15pm EST

In this webinar series, Allison and Rebekah will show participants how to find mentor texts that meet the needs of all their students—when they are learning from home and when they are learning in person! Participants will build a mentor text cluster, study mentor texts for writing lessons, and plan lessons to teach their students concrete writing skills—from idea development to structuring their writing to grammar lessons. Additionally, participants will explore and practice digital tools to facilitate this learning remotely. Participants will leave this webinar series with plentiful resources: multiple writing units grounded in mentor texts and created with their particular students in mind. And, best of all, they will leave having honed the skills to do this on their own in the future! (Cost: $169)

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What About Us? The PLC at Work Process in Early Childhood Blended and Virtual Learning Environments

Thursday, August 27, 2020 @ 5 PM EST

Achieve the full potential of preK–2 classrooms, whether blended, virtual or in person, through proven best practices aligned to the PLC at Work® process. In this edWebinar, you’ll learn about new tools for collaborative teams to use as they take collective responsibility to determine essential standards for both content and social-emotional learning, design developmentally appropriate assessments aligned to instruction, and monitor student progress to boost early childhood learning and development.


Temas, Textos, and Translanguaging: Storytelling and Social Justice

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 @ 3:00pm–4:15pm EST

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 @ 3:00pm–4:15pm EST

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 3:00pm–4:15pm EST

This webinar series will guide participants across three ways to apply a Temas, Textos, and Translanguaging approach to building community and critical consciousness with bilingual Latinx students. Participants will learn ways to develop plans for reading-in-community and mentor text analysis for supporting children's storytelling. Unlike traditional read-alouds, reading-in-community centers the reading practices of the students in the classroom and is meant to create greater opportunities for children to engage with the text. Participants will learn ways to teach students how to examine harmful dominant narratives and challenge these with counter-narratives. This series culminates in sample sequences of lessons that support students' understanding of a social justice issue and developing an informed stance. (Cost: $169)


Strategies and Skills for Digital Learning: Meaningful Instruction to Promote Engagement and Independence

Thursday, October 1, 2020 @ 5:00pm–6:15pm EST

Thursday, October 8, 2020 @ 5:00pm–6:15pm EST

Thursday, October 22, 2020 @ 5:00pm–6:15pm EST

In this webinar series, participants will learn key strategies and skills for using digital tools and resources in meaningful and impactful ways to amplify literacy instruction across the curriculum. This three-part series will focus on setting kids up for independence and success with digital tools both in and out of the classroom, selecting high impact tools and strategies for all learners, effective instruction with digital resources, and using an inquiry stance to boost engagement and authenticity of the work we ask students to do. (Cost: $169)


Individualize Writing Instruction by Conferring with Students...Whatever the Setting!

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 @ 5:30pm–6:45pm EST

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 @ 5:30pm–6:45pm EST

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 5:30pm–6:45pm EST

In this webinar series, participants will learn about the reasons why conferring with students is the most effective teaching we can do with students in the writing classroom. Carl will then discuss conferring principles, the three parts of a writing conference, strategies for navigating each of the three parts, as well as how to confer with students effectively on online platforms such as Zoom and Google Meet. During each 75-minute session, the presenter will supplement this material by showing video examples and leading lively discussions with participants. (Cost: $169)


Journey to a Student-Centered Learning Environment

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 @ 6:00pm–7:15pm EST

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 6:00pm–7:15pm EST

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 @ 6:00pm–7:15pm EST

In this webinar series, participants will learn how to determine students' strengths and needs, to make instructional decisions that place the student at the center of the learning. Whether in a face-to-face or a virtual environment, we will discuss ways to lay out a path of checkpoints that help students reach their personal goals. Towanda will share strategies and tools that will help to ensure that the learner, not the resource, is driving the daily instruction. In addition, by digging deeper into the question, "Who's Invited to the Table?", we will explore different ways that will allow for maximum collaboration with seemingly minimal time. Learn ways to gain insights from colleagues about their students and identify how their role could yield the greatest impact on student outcomes, while planning for future instruction. (Cost; $169)

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.