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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

How to Design Socially Distanced Classrooms During COVID-19

Thursday, September 3, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

As educators begin to welcome children back to school, COVID-19 has presented several challenges. One in particular is how to design, set up and implement classrooms that meet physical distancing standards while still encouraging classroom community. Limitations such as space and budget may also add to the conundrum.  In this edWebinar, Sandra Duncan, Ed.D., and architect Lauren Magee will provide practical and helpful strategies for educators seeking ways to safely distance children in the COVID classroom.


Restoring Learning at Scale in a Remote Environment

Thursday, September 3, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is the second-largest district in the United States. As Superintendent of LAUSD Local District South, Michael Romero was instrumental to the district’s work to overcome disruptions to learning caused by COVID-19—on an unprecedented scale. As the LAUSD prepared to go back to school in a remote learning environment, Michael partnered with Todd Rogers’ team to implement a groundbreaking pilot of an attendance outreach program in a remote learning environment.  In this edLeader Panel, join Michael as he shares vital learning and insights from his work to support students and families in the age of COVID-19, and Todd as he shares his team’s groundbreaking research on preventing absences in a remote learning environment.


Social-Emotional Learning for an Antiracist Future: A Conversation with Dr. Dena Simmons

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 @ 8 PM EST

How can educators create equitable and anti-racist teaching practices and learning environments so that students have the safety to learn in the comfort of their own skin? Join us for a conversation with educator and antiracist Dr. Dena Simmons to explore the power and purpose of education for social change.


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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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.