During this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic, and with so many schools closing, we want to make sure you are aware of the professional resources you can access via the AFT Educational Issues Department. Resources include:
AFT Resources on the Coronavirus. Get workplace guidance for schools, resources for educators and support staff, and updates for healthcare providers. This area is filled with important, helpful resources, including resources in Spanish.
Share My Lesson’s Remote Learning Community. In this new online community, educators can share lesson plans and collaborate in discussions, as well as access grade-specific, learning-at-home lessons and activities, countless online resources to share with parents (many are free), lesson plans on teaching about coronavirus, and resources for prevention and preparation.
Share My Lesson’s Virtual Conference, March 24-26. Access 42 free preK-12 professional development webinars from the comfort and safety of your home. Sessions are being revamped to accommodate the shift to online teaching and learning, and are organized by instructional strategies across the curriculum, social and emotional learning, responding to the coronavirus pandemic, and webinars of interest to all school staff. Register for free.
Requests for First Book. Do you need books, school supplies or basic-needs items for kids in need, to support remote learning? Submit your request to First Book so the organization can help support you and the kids you serve.
Colorín Colorado: Multilingual Resources Coronavirus Resource for Schools. It’s important that schools share accurate information about coronavirus with all school staff and families, including families of English learners. These resources include many multilingual fact sheets and infographics.
Colorín Colorado: School Responses to COVID-19: ELL/Immigrant Considerations. How can schools and districts ensure that English language learners and their families are included in all communications and school-closure plans related to COVID-19? Here are some considerations that can help individual educators, schools and districts.
NEW—Women’s March and AFT Nurses and Teachers Webinar on Coronavirus. Women are on the frontlines as nurses, teachers and caretakers; this pandemic will affect them disproportionately. As healthcare workers strive to provide care to patients, and educators grapple with temporary closures and adapting to remote learning experiences, this webinar with Women’s March offers information and education resources for your family and community during the pandemic, and features several AFT staff as well as AFT President Randi Weingarten. Watch now.
Schoolbus Fleet’s Coronavirus and Bus Safety: Highlighting Preparedness and Prevention. Across the U.S., school districts are taking precautionary measures, including closing schools and disinfecting school buses, to protect their students and staff against the coronavirus. Get ideas from the examples shared here.
Additional resources to help you prepare for distance learning: