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

Webinar:Addressing the Remote Learning Needs of Emergent Bilingual Students

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.

Teaching changed almost instantly due to COVID-19. How long will it take to revolutionize equity in education?

Provided by The Seattle Times' Education Lab, this article discusses the current inequities in the education system, how the COvID-19 pandemic has provided an opportunity to change, and ways for schools to improve equity in the wake of the pandemic.

Including Voice in Education: Addressing Equity Through Student and Family Voice in Classroom Learning

This infographic provided by REL Pacific offers guidance for incorporating voice into student learning - a promising strategy for fostering culturally responsive classrooms that enhance education access, opportunity, and success for students who are historically marginalized.

IDRA: Ensuring Education Equity During and After COVID-19

The IDRA (Intercultural Development Research Association) has provided suggestions, resources, and information on policies to ensure equity during the Summer and upcoming 2020-2021 school year, as schools attempt to tackle the unique situation the COVID pandemic has placed us in. 

African American Studies Testimony Videos

When the Texas State Board of Education held hearings in November 2019 to consider adding a new high school African American Studies course to the state curriculum, students from Dallas ISD traveled to Austin to testify about their experience in a district-level African American Studies course. Subsequently, in April 2020, the board unanimously approved the course.

Click the button below to see highlights of the testimony presented.

New Designs for School: Education Equity in the Age of COVID

Provided by Next Generation Learning Challenges, this article reviews Three ways to create more entry points to learning online during the pandemic and close learning gaps, using strategies learned from adopting blended learning in the classroom.

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

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 schools 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.

Provided by Education Elements

COVID-19 Equitable Response Community Commons from the Center of Urban and Racial Equity

COVID-19 (coronavirus) will have serious negative impacts on Black, Indigenous, people of color, immigrants, and low-income, LGBTQ and incarcerated people and communities. The COVID-19 pandemic is intensifying the daily impacts of systemic racism on people of color who are already experiencing limited access to health care and paid sick leave, mass incarceration, and higher rates of underlying conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and respiratory illnesses that make COVID-19 infections deadly.

In solidarity with social justice and health equity movements to make sure our communities receive the necessary health care, services and resources, CURE launched the COVID-19 Equitable Response Community Commons hub featuring over 20 categories addressing anti-racism and stigma, policy demands and calls to action, mutual aid networks, testing and health care services, emergency financial assistance and more. Use the hub to find and share resources and take action for a fair and just response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Charting Economic Inequality in the Corona Era

The Coronavirus crisis has thrown our nation’s economic disparities into stark relief. In this activity provided by the Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility, students use a set of interactive charts to investigate the current state of economic inequality in the U.S.—and make their own charts showing how they would like to see that data change.

How Some Teachers Are Shining a Light on the Xenophobic Tone of COVID19

Bias and social injustice take on a more malignant nature when associated with a deadly pandemic. In this episode, we look at how passive ignorance and intentional mislabeling of COVID-19 harm some Americans. More importantly, we look at what some educators are doing to try to shine a light on this problem.

Presented by: Rosa Isiah and Tommy Change

COVID-19 and Societal Inequalities

Courtesy of the Anti Defamation League (ADL), this resource provides a guide for parents, families, and caregivers to discuss with young people the inequality in our culture and how COVID-19 will further isolate those in marginalized communities. This resource is designed for students ages 10 and up.

Speaking Up Against Racism Around the New Coronavirus

This article from Teaching Tolerance discusses the spread of the new Coronavirus, how it has become racialized, why it’s critical that educators understand the historical context, and how to confront racist tropes and xenophobia from students and colleagues. 

Infographic: Does your school reopening plan ensure educational equity?

Method to the Mathness Discussion: People Over Production during COVID-19

In this episode, Dr. Tyrone Howard shares his perspective on the connective role that teachers and schools play within communities, particularly amidst the new and changing realities created by the COVID-19 pandemic. He talks about our current challenges, shines a light on the disproportionate impact of school closures to vulnerable members of our communities, and offers practical ways to think globally and act locally. Join us for an honest, encouraging, real conversation.

In Response to COVID-19: A Checklist to Support LGBTQ Students During Distance Learning

Provided by the National Education Association, this article provides a checklist on how educators can best support their LGBTQIA+ students during the Coronavirus pandemic.

House Committee Holds Hearing on Inequities Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

On Monday, June 22, the House Education and Labor Committee held a hearing, Inequities Exposed: How COVID-19 Widened Racial Inequities in Education, Health, and the Workforce. The hearing focused on preexisting racial disparities in the education, health, and labor arenas that were exploited by the pandemic. (Provided by the Council for Exceptional Children)

To find out more about the hearing or to listen to the full hearing yourself, please click the button below.

Jason Reynolds and Ibram Kendi Keynote Conversation - SLJ Day of Dialog 2020

Recorded May 27, 2020, Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi, co-authors of "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You" (Little, Brown) opened School Library Journal's virtual Day of Dialog with a discussion of their new book. Reynolds and Kendi provide an important look at their work, discuss the importance of having common vocabulary, and explore what it means to be antiracist.

Webinar: Under the Blacklight: The Intersectional Vulnerabilities that COVID Lays Bare

The past several weeks have prompted unprecedented levels of turmoil and unpredictability due to rising alarm over COVID-19. While American society has taken precautionary measures to counter the spread of the virus, those most vulnerable to societal neglect remain most impacted. Coronavirus did not create the stark social, financial, and political inequalities that define life for so many Americans, but it has made them more strikingly visible than any moment in recent history. Unfortunately, some of the intersectional dimensions of these structural disparities remain undetected and unreported.

On Wednesday March 25th, Intersectionality Matters teamed up with the African American Policy Forum (AAPF) to premiere a new virtual conversation series entitled “Under the Blacklight: The Intersectional Vulnerabilities that COVID Lays Bare”. Each Wednesday we’ll bring you a virtual conversation over Zoom, which will be released as an episode of Intersectionality Matters! the following week.

Test Your Knowledge: How is COVID-19 is Impacting Latino Health Equity?

Test your knowledge with this interesting quiz on how COVID-19 in impacting Latino Health Equity. 

The truth is that COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate. But it does worsen health and social inequities facing U.S. Latinos. That’s why we at Salud America! highlight how the pandemic affects Latinos, and the need to help Latino and all families equitably live, learn, work, and play at

Take this quiz to learn how Latinos, among others, need our protection amid COVID-19 and long-term health solutions. Find out more on Latino health equity at!

Wide Open School Resources for English Language Learners

Wide Open School offers a collection of free online learning experiences that are specifically targeted for bilingual students and English Language Learners. This resource is curated by the editors at Common Sense Education. Please be advised that some resources require a login. Please check Connecticut's edTech Learn Platform to see if your chosen resource has signed the CT Students Data Privacy Pledge.

COVID-19 - Racial Equity & Social Justice Resources

The website, Racial Equity Tools, has curated a list of resources and links that will assist communities and activists as they continue their work during this pandemic. Some of the collections of resources including in this resource are Healing & Community Care, Organizing & Solidarity, Resource Building & Rapid Response, Virtual Work & Online Engagement, and many more.

Webinar: Capture the Opportunity: Steps to Redesign School-Level Systems for Equity

As schools and districts plan for return to school in the fall, communities are anticipating changes and pivots to school operations and how learning is provided. Therefore, school-level leaders are in a great position to redesign school-level systems through equity for their marginalized groups of students.  Join this webinar to learn immediate tactical steps to take as a principal or school leadership design team and hear how leaders are inspired to do this work across the country.  This webinar is a great opportunity for participants to come as a team to learn and unlearn together.

WIDA: Teaching Multilingual Learners Online

WIDA (Wisconsin Center for Educational Research) provides guidance on connecting with multilingual families that are aligned around the 2019 WIDA Guiding Principles of Language Development. This webpage includes actions that educators and learners can take to support learning, as well as examples and resources to use. 

Our Commitment to the Community A Conversation With Latinx Families/Conversaciones con Familias Latinas

Provided by the MAEC (Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium), this video and transcript feature Latinx parents and families as they discuss the way the pandemic has affected their educational experience.

Webinar: Facebook LIVE with Dr. Sonja Cherry-Paul and Tricia Ebarvia

Listen in as Sonja and Tricia talk about two upcoming virtual #IREL20 institutes focused on centering racial equity in our literacy practices.

These events are in collaboration with Heinemann PD Services. Links with more information and registration details will be posted soon.

Save the dates:
VIRTUAL #IREL20 INSTITUTE 1: JULY 13-17, 2020 Understanding Systemic Racism: Society, Schools, and Classrooms

VIRTUAL #IREL20 INSTITUTE 2: JULY 27-31, 2020 Interrogating Internalized Racism in Ourselves and in Our Practice

May Means #31DaysIBPOC: Centering Indigenous, Black, and People of Color in Education

Take part in the #31DaysofIBPOC event online by listening and sharing your own IBPOC stories!

#31DaysofIBPOC is an event for Indigenous, Black, and persons of color to center their voices in a way that celebrates, elevates, and affirms the excellence of educators of color. Each day a new post is uploaded to the website and to Twitter.  

D&I TBD: Adweek’s Podcast on Diversity, Inclusion, Equality and Equity

Adweek is proud to launch a new podcast on the topic of diversity, inclusion, equality, and equity. D&I TBD is an audio magazine that combines storytelling and practical advice. Its main goal is to create an extensive library of insight for the industry’s future, as well as to create actionable opportunities for growth. Hosted by Adweek’s editorial staff and other contributors, D&I TBD allows us to get more comfortable with being uncomfortable.

In the first episode, Glenn Singleton, president and founder of Pacific Educational Group and Courageous Conversation, discusses his early experiences in becoming a leader in the space, the importance of authenticity to creating inclusivity, and the persistent issues of systemic racism that holds the industry back. Click the play button above to listen to the first episode or click the button below to find out more information about the podcast.

Closing Schools for COVID-19 Does Lifelong Harm and Widens Inequality

Read this article in The Economist for more information on how the COVID-19 pandemic is effecting students and is revealing the inequalities in educational systems internationally.

7 Equity Considerations for Schools and Districts

Provided by the Southern Education Foundation,  authors Titilayo Tinubu Ali and Mirel Herrera put together a document detailing 7 different equity considerations of schools and districts while distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Digital Citizenship Resources in Spanish

In our current, online-only, learning environment, digital citizenship will become more important than ever.  Common Sense Education has put together 2 resource lists, one for educators and the other for parents, to help support digital citizenship for bilingual and ELL students. 

Educators Take a Stand Against Coronavirus Racism

This article from the NEA (National Education Association) discusses the effects of the Coronavirus on bullying and how educators can combat racism in their classrooms.