AEP Partner Resources for Serving the Arts Education Field in the Time of COVID-19
On March 12, 2020, Education Commission of the States published an information request outlining state education policy actions and resources related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
At the Arts Education Partnership, we’ve started to receive requests from our partners for additional resources that can help them shift operations to online platforms for telework situations, serve their constituents in new ways and care for their employees. In response to these requests, we’ve engaged our partners in sharing resources they’ve created and compiled that may be useful to others as we navigate these new ways of working.
At the April Advisory Council Meeting, members flagged that many arts and education stakeholders are feeling overwhelmed by the ‘information tsunami’ related to COVID-19. To mitigate this, AEP’s Advisory Council volunteered to help vet quality resources that are most useful to arts and education leaders. The first section of this page highlights those resources that have been vetted by experts on our advisory could from multiple disciplines and types of organizations.
- The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections: A treasure trove of virtual tours and online exhibits for art, culture, history and natural science museums; national parks and more.
- Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Mets Kids
- Table of Federal Arts Funding Opportunities for Nonprofit and Commercial Arts Organizations and Individuals.
- The Americans for the Arts COVID-19 Resource Center, including links to the organization economic impact survey.
- The Artist Relief website for artists and teaching artists.
Below you’ll find additional resources AEP partner organizations have shared either directly with AEP or on their websites and social media accounts. We have not vetted these resources; we are compiling and publishing them quickly to respond to the immediate need. We will continue to add resources from partners as we receive them. To add to this list, please submit additional resources at this link.
Resources from AEP Partners:
Americans for the Arts
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource and Response Center for artists and arts organizations
- Statement on the National Arts Action Summit event page (cancelled, virtual briefings TBA)
- Blog titled “Arts and Culture Sector Can Prepare for the Coronavirus in the United States
- COVID-19 Impact Survey (Americans for the Arts)
- UCLArts & Healing is offering a free, online series called HOPE (Healing Online for People Everywhere) to enable our global community to build resilience through the arts over the next few months. Please share this remarkable opportunity with those you serve.
American Alliance for Theatre & Education:
American Alliance of Museums
- Resources and Information for the Museum Field on the COVID-19/Coronavirus
- Statement on annual meeting site (San Francisco): Traveling to the Convention Center
- Americans for the Arts
Arts & Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg
- Arts – Science and History Organizations: Closings, Cancellations and Postponements
- Resources for Arts, Science and History Organizations & Artists
*Arts Ed Collaborative shared the following resources:
- Resources for arts educators as they transition to online teaching
- COVID-19 Resources for Educators and Learners
ArtsEd Washington – Washington Alliance for Arts Education
*Arts Ed NJ
- List of Virtual Teaching Resources in response to COVID-19: list of resources, technologies and instructional tools to support our arts educators and teaching artist who are now impacted by these rapidly changing events.
- Optimism Through the COVID-19 Disruption: Utilizing Social Emotional Learning for Reflection and Growth: Article regarding Social Emotional Learning and Music education to assist teacher AND students during this time
Association of Art Museum Directors
Association of Performing Arts Presenters
- Emergency Preparedness and Response & Coronavirus Resources for arts organizations
- Statement APAP sent to members and field colleagues
California Institute of the Arts
- Coronavirus Information and Updates: On this page you can find the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus outbreak and CalArts response to it.
Carnegie Mellon University Master of Arts Management Program
- CMU-Alert Emergency Notification System for Coronavirus Updates: links to several campus communications regarding the coronavirus, information about self-isolation, and related resources.
*Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education
- Arts Resources for Families Stuck at Home
- CAPE Network Forum: The Forum is a site where CAPE artists, teachers, and program staff share their evolving curriculums, videos, reflections, and questions in response to the school closures and pandemic.
*Educational Theatre Association shared the following resources:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact on Schools, Travel, and Gatherings
- Specific to teaching theatre, a list of tools for content and tools for creating online learning
- Flipgrid – online tool allows you to create shared space for video uploads – great introduction here
- Nearpod – tool for creating online courses, including tracking of student progress – introduction here
- De Paul University Remote Teaching Resource List, available in Spanish and English
- Large, comprehensive list of all kinds of theatre links useful for creating online learning experiences for students
- Resources from Theaterish, including online tools to use to create virtual learning
- PBS KET TV Drama Toolkit
- PBS resources for theatre education
*Dance/USA shared the following resources:
- Resources for Preparing for the Potential Impact of the Coronavirus
- “Coronavirus and Your Insurance Program” Blog Post
- Dance Studies Association – resources for moving dance-based pedagogy online
- Digital Dancing Process Blog
- COVID-19 Freelance Artists
- Mapping Access
DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
- DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative’s Distance Learning Resources Database: The DC Collaborative’s Distance Learning Resource Database is a compilation of online and printable arts and humanities learning resources for students, teachers, and families. It is our hope that that materials on this database will be used to enhance arts and humanities education, equitably, inside or outside of the classroom. The database will be continuously updated with curricular guides, virtual field trips, and other educational activities to enhance students’ at-home learning experiences as well as Professional Development for educators.
- DC Collaborative Daily ZoomChatswill take place weekdays at 11:00am to provide arts and humanities education community updates and opportunity to chat with DC Collaborative staff in response to COVID-19: https://zoom.us/j/8531648236
Education Commission of the States
- State Information Request: Policy Responses and Other Executive Actions to the Coronavirus in Public Schools
Grantmakers in the Arts
- COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Arts Funding
- Emergency Preparedness and Response: COVID-19 and the arts ecosystem Thursday, March 19, 4:00pm EDT / 1:00pm PDT
- Knowledge on the Go: Free Resources : Three-quarters of our more than 800 employees are or have been teachers, so we understand the pressure teachers are under at this time to keep students on track. We are here to support them with free resources including our Eureka Math®/EngageNY Math curriculum that is a free, open education resource available to anyone, anywhere. And starting Wednesday, March 18, we are going to share—free to anyone—recorded daily lessons in Grades K–12 of Eureka Math®, K–8 of Wit & Wisdom®, and 3–5 of PhD Science®. These lessons will be delivered by our own teachers and will be viewable on any device so that teachers and their students may use them.
*Guitars in the Classroom shared the following resources:
- Guitars in the Classroom’s health policy for classroom music making safety
- Guitars in the Classroom’s recommend procedures for cleaning classroom ukuleles and guitars
- How Guitars in the Classroom is responding to school closures:
- For residencies in home/hospital settings with medically fragile students, school closures have no effect.
- Guitars in the Classrooms will offer specifically qualified teaching artists some extra project-based work on curriculum development during closures.
- If closures are long, Guitars in the Classroom will compile community resources for their artists and will consider launching/promoting online fundraising concerts for them, featuring them, through Stage-It. They will also launch a music club strum and sing-along hour online for children whose schools are closed. This won’t reach students lacking internet access, but it will still reach many.
International Council of Fine Arts Deans
- COVID-19 Considerations for deans of arts programs at colleges and universities
*International Child Art Foundation
- Creativity, Healing, and Covid-19: The Arts Olympiad for Parents and Kids: A free art & sport creative activity for home
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts:
- Kennedy Center Education: Classroom Resources: Articles, how-tos, lessons, activities, resource collections, media and interactives for arts educators and others looking to infuse the arts into learning.
- Couch Concerts Brought to you by Millennium Stage: live performances streamed to you!
*League of American Orchestras shared the following resources:
- Coronavirus resources: information and tools to help navigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
- As leaders of the Cultural Advocacy Group, the League also supported creating this Google doc, where national arts service organizations are listing their COVID resource pages.
Lesley University Creative Arts in Learning Programs
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information
- Blog: The Classroom Bookshelf created by Lesley literacy faculty members, with weekly posting of children’s literature and lesson plans to integrate in teaching literacy across the disciplines.
- Blog: Teach This Poem curated by Lesley Visiting Scholar and former Lincoln Center educator director Madeleine Holzer.
- Liz Buchanan Music: Lesley alumna and music educator Liz Buchanan shares regular musical education videos.
- Lesley STEAM Learning Lab: Susan Cusack, Director of the Lesley STEAM Lab provides maker activities and other interdisciplinary examples that integrate the maker mindset into teaching and learning.
- Online educational resources for teachers and caregivers | Lesley University
- RSVP to participate in a weekly drop-in discussion with other educators
- The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections: A treasure trove of virtual tours and online exhibits for art, culture, history and natural science museums; national parks and more.
- Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Mets Kids
Lincoln Center Education
Music for All Foundation
- Just launched musicforall.org, a new home for resources for all music educators.
The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM)
- COVID-19 Updates and Resources for Business:
- SBA Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19
- Staying Compliant and Minimizing Impact Amid Coronavirus Concerns: 10 things employers should do
- CDC Guidance for Businesses and Employers
- CDC Coronavirus Disease Information for Travel
- U.S. Education Department Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel
- CDC Guidance and Facts about Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
- EPA’s Registered Antimicrobial Products for Use Against COVID-19
- WSJ: Live Coronavirus Updates
- USA TODAY: 5 Things Small-Business Owners can do to Respond to COVID-19 Fears
- NPR: Where That $8.3 Billion In U.S. Coronavirus Funding Will and Won’t Go
- Information for Australian Retailers
National Art Education Association
- NAEA National Convention Canceled
- A Message From NAEA President Thom Knab Regarding NAEA20 Cancellation
- Virtual Art Educators
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
National Association for Music Education
National Association of Elementary School Principals
- GUIDANCE ON COVID-19 FOR SCHOOL LEADERS
- General information about COVID-19
- A legal guide to preparing for COVID-19 in your school community
National Association of Secondary School Principals
- CDC Guidance & Resources for U.S. Schools on Coronavirus
- CDC: Interim Guidance for Administrators of U.S. Childcare Programs and K–12 Schools to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) (Spanish)
- CDC Coronavirus Disease Resource Center (Spanish)
- CDC: Stigma Related to COVID-19
- CDC Print Resources
- CDC Video Resources
National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)
National Dance Education Organization
National Dance Institute New Mexico
*National Endowment for the Arts shared the following resources:
- Message from National Endowment for Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter on COVID-19
- COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations
National Education Association
- Schools and Coronavirus: What You Should Know
- Resources from the CDC
- From Other Education and Health Associations
- American Federation of Teachers
- National Association of School Nurses (Coronavirus Disease 2019 Resources)
- National School Boards Association
- Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center
- To Help Explain Current Events to Children
- Coronavirus: A kid-friendly explainer video from Brainpop.
- Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus (from NPR)
National Guild for Community Arts Education
- National Guild covid19 response resources: A landing page for Guild content, events and resources
- The Guild is beginning to organize a series of roundtable discussions, facilitated by practitioners in the field, the schedule is available on the Events Calendar. These roundtables are open to the public.
- Teaching Artist Covid-19 Community Conversation: The NYC Arts in Education Roundtable, Association of Teaching Artists, Teaching Artists Guild, Creative Generation, National Guild for Community Arts Education, and Teaching Artists of the Mid-Atlantic hosted a free webinar to address how the COVID-19 health crisis is affecting teaching artists. Watch the recording
- The Guild created two Facebook Groups for folks to connect and share strategies and advice. One for all community arts education providers and one specific to creative aging practitioners.
- Tips for gathering virtually as effectively as possible including tips on Zoom, Google Hangouts, and livestreaming. Access it here.
- COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources is an aggregated list of free resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines. Check out the website here and also watch a recent webinar that covers many of the same topics.
- Resources Related to the Coronavirus
- World Health Organization has up-to-date information about basic protective measures, including graphics that you can print and/or download and share: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public
- The CDC‘s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers includes recommended strategies for employers to use now, and planning considerations.
- Arts Ready is compiling information on their homepage (https://www.artsready.org/) on topics that include preparing for a potential temporary closure, preparing your facility, supporting staff and volunteers, communicating with audiences and stakeholders, and more.
- Americans for the Arts shares information about preparation and planning, prevention, and dispelling the stigma towards Asian Americans in their post Arts and Culture Sector Can Prepare for the Coronavirus in the United States.
- NYC Arts in Education Roundtable hosted a Zoom meeting on March 10th to create a digital space for arts administrators to share strategies to overcome challenges associated with the coronavirus in order to best support our programs, organizations, and teaching artists. You can watch the recording and view the transcript here.
- Theater Communications Group (TCG) held a webinar on March 6th titled “Coronavirus Preparedness for Theatres”. You can watch the recording here. They have also gathered some information in their post Preparing for the Impact of the Coronavirus.
- Event Safety Alliance held a webinar on March 4th titled “Prepare Your Organization for the Coronavirus Disease Outbreak”. You can still register and watch the recording here.
- Nonprofit New York has put together some information and guidance in their post Coronavirus Update: Let’s Stay Healthy and Be Kind.
- Vu Le of Nonprofit AF recommends a few important considerations for nonprofit organizations, both in the short term and in the long term, in his post “A few things for nonprofits and foundations to consider in light of the Coronavirus“.
- The Harvard Business Review‘s article What Are Companies’ Legal Obligations Around Coronavirus? discusses relevant legal concerns for businesses and organizations.
- COVID-19 Resource Hub
- Health and Data (compiled by Independent Sector)
- World Health Organization: Corona disease (COVID-19) Outbreak: Updated articles regarding WHO responses to COVID-19, links to advice, Q&A, reports, resources, guidance, R&D.
- Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Coronavirus Updates and Data Sheet: Updates on affected countries, resources for contingency planning, testing.
- American Cancer Society: Coronavirus FAQ FAQ guide for Fast Facts About COVID-19 including external links and resources on how to understand/combat the virus.
- National Institute of Health: Resources for Global Public Health: Detailed source for global health and public health officials and organizations
- U.S. Department of State: Hub for Travel Warnings and Americans Abroad: Deep dive of travel warnings and risk-benefits of nonessential international travel
- AARP: What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus: The resource goes in-depth explaining processes to stay healthy during the pandemic, how the U.S. is responding, symptoms, and links to more articles (including Q&A with experts, older adults, face masks)
- American Heart Association: Coronavirus Precautions for Patients, others in High-Risk Category: Guide for heart patients and other patients with underlying conditions including but not limited to heart disease, hypertension, and asthma.
- Sector Response (compiled by Independent Sector)
- Bridgespan: Managing through Tough Times: ￼Resources on creative new approaches to management as we enter into uncharted territory.
- Council of Foundations: COVID-19 Resource Hub: Hub with updated links regarding council announcements, latest news on coronavirus, resources for best practices for responding to COVID-19, and a page to share how your org is responding.
- Center for Disaster Philanthropy: COVID-19 Declared a Pandemic: ￼Updated hub related to global effect, where to help fund, and articles linking to the overall response to COVID-19 focused on disaster philanthropic giving.
- Northern California Grantmakers: 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19): Philanthropic Response: ￼An updated list of events related to how to respond/discuss COVID-19 with the option to register, guidance and short descriptions on “how you can help,” along with additional resources.
- National Council of Nonprofits: The Nonprofit Community Confronts the Coronavirus: ￼Outlining how the sector has reacted to COVID-19 and resources for how to move forward (external resources from state associations of nonprofits), day to day advice and the “encouraging civility.”
- Minnesota Council of Nonprofits: What Nonprofits need to know: ￼Expansive collation of resources not just for MN-area/ affiliated nonprofits, contains extremely useful information to combat potential racist and prejudiced incidents
- Events Industry Council: About Corona Virus: Resources focused on COVID-19 effect on events with niche videos, external resources to understand the virus, short term implications and concerns, insurance policies, and ways to work around the coronavirus with having to work with people in person (meetings, events, etc.).
Perpich Center for Arts Education
- Distance Learning and Teaching Resources: curated by Perpich Center Arts Specialists
Puget Sound Educational Service District: Arts Impact
- Coronavirus Facts & Information
- School District Resources
- Family Resources
*Rock and Roll Forever Foundation (New AEP Partner!)
- TeachRock: The 170+ easy to follow, always free lesson plans available at TeachRock.org are available to everyone everywhere. These resources use popular music as a tool for student engagement. (Digital Learning Resource)
*Save the Music Foundation
- K-12 Music Education Resources: list for music education focused resources including some of for-profit entities who are making things available for free for the time being and they are aware that we are listing them on our resource guide.
*State Education Agencies Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) shared the following resources:
- Arts Instructional Resources page for arts educators and families. This page provides links to multiple sites that focus on arts related instruction and activities in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. The page can be explored by educators and families who are seeking learning ideas for our young dancers, artists, actors, musicians, and artistic technicians.
- SEADAE will continue to add more links provided by members, partners, and public submissions through our online form each quarter.
Southeast Center for Arts Integration
The College Board
The Heinz Endowments
Young Audiences Arts for Learning
U.S. Department of Education
- COVID-19 Resources
- COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel
Association of Teaching Artists
For Freelance Artists:
Alliance of Artists Communities
- AAC blog post on COVID-19 Preparedness for Residencies
- AAC Member Webinar: COVID-19 | Resources + Approaches for Residencies, March 19, 1-2 pm, Link to Registration + Information
New York Foundation for the Arts
- Smithsonian Learning Lab! Online resource
- Social Justice In A Time Of Social Distancing blog
- The #KeepMakingArt campaign provides tools for parents, educators, artists, families, and cultural organizations to encourage youth to keep making art during physical distancing.
- How Funders can Support Arts Education Despite COVID-19: A Report of Considerations and Recommendations – Report and Blog Post
- A Blog Series capturing the learning and innovation resulting from COVID-19
- Teaching Artists As Essential Workers: Respect, Collaboration, And Heft by Dennie Palmer Wolf, PhD et al
- #CreateAustraliasFuture by Esther Anatolitis
- A National Overview: How U.S. Arts Education Organizations Are Navigating COVID-19 by Mary Dell’Erba and Erika Hawthrorne
- Artists Not Just For Art’s Sake, But For Community’s Sake by Rodrigo Guerrero
- Keep Making Art That Counts by Dr. Michael Finneran
- South Sudanese Youth Championing Creative Campaigns In Response To COVID-19 by Gili Moses
- “Courage To Love” (And Teach) In The Time Of Coronavirus by Heleya de Barros and Jean Johnstone
- The Rise Of The Everyday Artist by Dr. Rachael Jacobs
- Disruption And Invention: With, Not For, Young Artists by Dennie Palmer Wolf, PhD with Jeff M. Poulin
- Do We Really Want A Return To Normalcy? by Alex Sarian
- Crisis as Opportunity by Eric Booth
- A Partnership with WolfBrown to Publish 5 Long-form Critical Essays about Innovation and Disruption in the Arts Education FIeld as a Result of COVID-19
- Disruption And Invention: With, Not For, Young Artistsby Dennie Palmer Wolf, PhD with Jeff M. Poulin
- Teaching Artists As Essential Workers: Respect, Collaboration, And Heftby Dennie Palmer Wolf, PhD et al
- A video series in partnership with the Teaching Artistry with Courtney J. Boddie podcast
Arts Administrators of Color Network
- Response to COVID-19
- Emergency Fund to support of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists AND administrators (consultants, facilitators, box office staff, seasonal/temporary employees, etc.) who have been financially impacted due to COVID-19
- COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources
- Principles for Ethical Cancellation(Springboard for the Arts)
- Emergency Funds – All Art Forms(WomenArts)
- Digital Marketing Recommendations for Our Arts Community During COVID-19 Outbreak (Capacity Interactive)
- Ways of Gathering in the Age of COVID-19(HowlRound)
- Webinars (Upcoming and Recorded)
- Arts and Culture Sector and the Coronavirus: What We Know and How to Move Forward(Americans for the Arts) on March 19th
- Coronavirus Preparedness for Theatres(TCG) Recorded
- Community Conversation on COVID-19(NYC Arts in Education Roundtable) Recorded
The International Association of Blacks in Dance, Inc.
- Financial and Health Resources
- Emergency Grants for Writers, Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF)
- Rauschenberg Emergency Grant Program, New York Film Academy
- Short-term financial assistance for musicians, MusiCares
- Special Enrollment (Insurance) Period in Response to COVID-19, Washington Healthplanfinder
- Springboard for the Arts Personal Emergency Relief Fund (Minnesota)
- Artist-Specific Resources and Information
- Americans for the Arts
- Artist Trust Responds to COVID-19 Survey
- Arts and Humanities Council for Montgomery County
- ArtsReady (basic membership is free)
- Daily Report of how COVID-19 is impacting the art world
- Dance Magazine (Dance world and Coronavirus)
- Dance/NYC (Coronavirus-Preparedness)
- Dance Studies Association(tips for teaching online)
- Dance/USA (Coronavirus resources)
- Dance/USA (Coronavirus and your insurance program)
- Coronavirus-Impact-Survey (NY survey)
- Coronavirus preparedness webinar for theaters, Theatre Communications Group
- COVID-19 and Arts Funding resources list and actions, Grantmakers in the Arts
- COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resource
- COVID-19 Livestream: Connect with the Experts, Pacific Science Center
- Joan Mitchell Foundation (emergency grants)
- List of resources for freelance artists
- National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response (NCAPER)
- National Endowment for the Arts response
- Performing Arts Alliance
- Performing Arts Readiness
- Seattle Musician Access to Sustainable Healthcare (SMASH)
- Prohibition on large gatherings over 250 people in Seattle, Governor Jay Inslee
- Small Business Association (Business guidance)
- Things to do to support the arts right now, Crosscut
- Webinar on fundraising and event strategies, Washington Nonprofit Institute
- YouTube(Business continuity & infectious disease planning for events)
- General Information:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(seniors)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(women and children)
- Cybersecurity for Nonprofits
- Daily Report of how COVID-19 is impacting the art world
- NPR(unrecoverable costs for arts orgs)
- State of Maryland response
- Interim Guidance for businesses and employers, Center for Disease and Control (CDC)
- List of resources for small business owners, artists, and general information, Michael Stevens
- ‘Doodles at Home’ – Free Art Projects by Doodles Academy for kids aged 6-11: Doodles Academy provides visual art curricula for grades 1-5 that teachers can access for free online. Doodles Academy emphasizes using art to teach to the WHOLE child, building speaking & listening skills as well as connecting the art lesson to concepts in history, literacy, math, science, and social studies. Students to create a unique artwork that connects to their personal experiences. In response to the pandemic and shelter at home orders, we’ve been putting out ‘Doodles at Home’, a weekly series that adapts our curriculum into projects that students can access on their own.
- Resource page which focuses on independent and community organizing sources
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
- Update on Virtual Summit and Registrations: Moving the April 1-3 f2f summit entirely online. Also instituting a pay-as-you-can option.
The New Victory Theater
Teaching Artists Guild (TAG)
- COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR TEACHING ARTISTS:
- Webinars & Podcast
- Questions to Ask Your Employer re: Compensation
- Labor Laws / Sick Leave (by State)
Learning Policy Institute
- Learning in the Time of COVID-19
- Online Learning Resources for Educators
- Free online conferencing and video platforms for teachers include:
- This Google blog, “With school closures, teachers can keep their lessons going remotely,” provides advice on keeping students engaged in distance learning using Google Classroom tools such as Google Docs, Google Forms
- Content coordinators from the San Diego County Office of Educationcurated this subject-specific list of resources to support distance learning.
- These websites have lessons that can be accessed by educators or parents for content instruction: CommonLit, Illustrative Mathematics, Khan Academy, Zearn
- American Federation of Teachers’ Share My Lesson offers a helpful roundup of lesson plans and other resources for teaching students about coronavirus and a Checklist for Distance Learning to help prepare for remote learning.
- The Smithsonian has launched a central portal highlighting an array of distance learning resources, from STEM webcasts to American history podcasts and comprehensive lesson plans. Offerings range from low- or no-tech (interviewing family members for oral history projects) to high-tech (diving into an interactive exploration module).
- The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization has created a comprehensive list of educational applications and platforms to help parents, teachers, schools and school systems facilitate student learning and provide social caring and interaction during periods of school closure.
- Online Learning Resources for Parents
- TheBarbara Bush Foundation for Literacy Educational Toolkit for At-Home Learning offers free online resources that can help children continue to build critical literacy skills while schools are closed.
- The S. Department of Education’sTalk, Read, and Sing Together Every Day! Tip Sheets for Families, Caregivers and Early Learning Educators provide families, caregivers and early educators with research-based tips for talking, reading, and singing with young children every day beginning from birth.
- NPR has created this Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus to help demystify the virus and to teach children how to protect themselves. The online version includes a print-and-fold zine version.
- Storyline Online is produced by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television’s SAG-AFTRA Foundation as part of its children’s literacy program. The site streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and others.
- The New York Times is hosting and continuously updating this page on ideas for working with content from the Times and other reliable sources
- Supporting Students With Exceptional Needs
- The Center on Online Learning and Students with Disabilities has a wealth of resources focused on making online learning more accessible, engaging, and effective for students with disabilities.
- Common Sense Media has curated a list of the Best Special Education Applications and Websites based on recommendations by educators who work with students with special needs. Applications support the development of academic and social-emotional skills, as well as sites to assist teachers in providing differentiated learning opportunities.
- The Council for Exceptional Children has developed COVID-19 Information for Special Educators, including a forum for members on how to adapt IEP services during school closures and a link to a resource page developed by the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE).
- The New York City Department of Education offers suggested activities and strategies for families to support Diverse Learning at Home for Special Populations. Resources include links for assistive technology support, as well as specific occupational, physical, and speech therapy activities for students as young as preschool.
- The State Educational Technology Directors Association offers strategies and resources on its site for ensuring that online learning supports students with Individualized Education Plans.
- Supporting English Learners
- Common Sense Media supports educators in teaching students how to thrive in the digital age with free, research-backed lesson plans in English and Spanish.
- SmithsonianTweenTribune | Articles for kids, middle school, teens from Smithsonian is an online resource provided by the Smithsonian Institution offering daily news articles, K-12. Available in Spanish.
- Storyline Online is produced by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television’s SAG-AFTRA Foundation as part of their children’s literacy program and includes materials aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners for grades PK-8.
- Students can access thousands of videos in English/Spanish that include lessons, activities, and visuals via Twig Education.
- A collection of California-focused resources from Early Edge focused on early learners for a range of stakeholders, from administrators to parents and guardians, in both English and Spanish.
- Sesame Street and the Spanish-language version, Sésamo, offer games, videos, activities for children
- Online Learning Resources for Educators
The Salvadori Center
- In an effort to help educators serve students throughout this crisis, The Salvadori Center developed a series of FREE project-based STEAM lessons educators can give students including free:
- Lesson plans with teacher guides
- Student instructions and worksheets
- Lists of common materials often found at home to complete projects
- And a design challenge to apply new concepts
- A State-by-State Resource Guide for Music Professionals Who Need Help During Coronavirus Crisis (Updating)
- Canva COVID-19 Print and Social Media Templates: informative designs around COVID-19 content that supports sharing information from the World Health Organization and spreading messages of support to communities via social media.
NYU Metro Center
For families with kids at home:
- “Kitchen Orchestra” – Livestream Music Camp for Preschoolers (Age 3 to 6): Imitation-friendly moves, singing, found-sound, kitchen instrument improv, and cool rhythms keep kids captivated and happy for two hours each day this week!
The Met Opera
- The Metropolitan Opera: Remote Learning: For over a decade, the Met Opera’s landmark HD Live in Schools initiative has brought live opera broadcasts to students across the United States. To supplement these broadcasts, the Met crafts a series of educational materials that encourage and empower students, teachers, and community members to engage with and enjoy this art form. All of these materials are available online, free of charge. Taken individually or together, they offer an excellent supplement to online teaching and arts curricula, as well as an entertaining way to learn more about both specific operas and opera in general. Please feel free to share them with your community and colleagues, as well as with any other arts or education administrators who may be interested in these resources.
- ArtBridge COVID-19 Artist Relief Fund: ArtBridge started a fund where we will be rewarding grants from $250 to $500 on a weekly basis to NYC-based emerging visual artists via an ongoing fundraiser.
- Course Specific Study Guides: To ensure students are receiving accurate and engaging content, Course Hero collaborated with educators and subject matter experts. All the information in our study guides is informative, yet easy to understand. Core topics are broken down into smaller sections which contain videos, infographics, vocab words, reading recommendations, and practice problems.
- COVID-19 and Higher Education: How Course Hero Is Supporting Students and Educators
- Free MasterClass Series During COVID-19 Crisis from April 7 – May 15, 2020: 6 week, 12 class Black Violin MasterClass Series (BVMC) for educators and music students of all ages and skill levels.
- Guide to COVID-19 and Finances: What you need to know about COVID-19 and your finances
- Fresh Film Video Challenges: Fresh Films Video Challenges were created to allow educators to meet students where they want to be: on the screen. Every 2 weeks, middle and high school students respond to a challenge topic with a 2-minute video. With step-by-step project guides and video lessons as well as self-reflective and social justice themes, teachers can use challenges as Social Studies, SEL, Science or Media Arts assignments in their digital classrooms.
Education Through Music
- Distance Learning Resources: At Education Through Music (ETM), every child, at every school, deserves access to high-quality music education. For many students, classroom learning has moved into their homes, but music education should be a part of everyone’s school day. Check out free distance learning resources created by incredible educators. The site will be updated regularly with new great lessons and games. These activities can be done in almost any home and only require a few everyday household items, two hands for clapping, and a big smile.
Young Audiences of Houston
- Young Audiences of Houston’s Arts for Learning Creativity Pops!: Each online video is created to inspire learning at home. Young Audiences of Houston Teaching Artists are invaluable contributors to Houston’s arts ecosystem and each commissioned creativity pops video provides financial support to our teaching artists. Stay tuned as we post new videos each week, and enjoy a pop of creativity each day.
Everlywell (An at home healthcare site)
Mazaam Interactive Inc.
- Mazaam: Mazaam is an edutainment app recommended for children ages 4 to 6 (Pre-K to K-3) which uses classical music as an educational tool that promotes the development of emotional, cognitive and psychomotor skills. It’s being offered for free until June 30th to support families who are now confined at home. The user doesn’t need to create an account and there are no subscription fees.The Florida Department of Education has added Mazaam to its list of free educational resources for families
Purdue University Global
Lewis Prize for Music
- COVID-19 Community Response Fund, which will award $1 million in $25,000 and $50,000 grants to youth-serving music programs to support their responsive and adaptive efforts during COVID-19.
- Toolkitthat includes more information about this fund.
- Check out this website for a FREE week of creative courses via Zoom to provide parents with fun, creative, educational outlets for their kids.
Think 360 Arts for Learning
- Free Digital Arts Education Platform for Teachers, Parents, and Students — 26 lessons from 17 local artists.
- Visual arts at-home art activity videos led by Bren Bataclan, Boston-based artist.
- 120 Digital Resources for Home-Schooling: Special Education, Social and Emotional Learning, and More. Lessons include: Sketch Drawing (5-7s only); Storytelling (8-12s only); Creative Thinking (8-12s only); Acting, Dance, and Songwriting.
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