Teacher & Staff Resources

  • Resources for Distance Learning

    SSPPS DISTANCE LEARNING RESOURCES (hosted by SSPPS Digital Learning Team) 


    • MDE Resources for Distance Learning & Academic Standards (by content area)

    • U.S. Dept of Education Fact Sheet: Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Schools While Protecting the Civil Rights of Students 

    • U.S. Dept of Education FAQ: Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the COVID-19 Outbreak 

    • Google Meet Tipsheet (SSPPS Digital Learning Team - This tip sheet provides you with instructions on hosting, invitations, and scheduling a Meet, as well as tips on the tools you can use within meet to share your screen, check the chat window, and record the meet.

    • Google Meet/Hangout Etiquette Guide for Students

    • IB Resources for Online Learning - The IBO has a doc called “Online learning, teaching & education continuity planning for schools” 

    • 26 Must-Watch TED Talks to Spark Student Discussions

    • What Teachers in China Have Learned in the Past Month - An American whose classroom in Beijing is now online shares what she and her team have learned since the coronavirus hit, just as U.S. teachers make the same shift. (Edutopia)

    • District Learning Tips for Teachers (Jason Berg, interim superintendent, Farmington Public Schools)
      • Less is more. Fight the urge to give lots of "work". I know it is natural to want to "do" everything you would normally "do" during the school day. Nothing will frustrate families more than being overwhelmed with work.
      • Determine what is core/essential to your grade/class and focus on that - see #1. There are lots of things we do on a daily basis in school we could get by without doing...don't try to do that stuff through digital learning.
      • Plan flexibility into your activities. Not all students and families will be able to things on your timeline. Remember parents are not teachers and might be balancing childcare and their job. Extend grace when possible.
      • Think about assessment as finding evidence of learning. You can still assess students, but it will have to look different.
      • If we are closed for 8+ weeks give up the notion of "getting students ready for the next grade."  See # 2 and adjust whenever the new school year start.
      • These are different times for all of us. I know teachers will work to keep kiddo engaged in meaningful learning, but just as important will be that relations and connection they create in these uncertain circumstances we find ourselves in.


    Educational Websites

    Many educational websites are offering free subscriptions during school closures. 

    • Amazing Educational Resources Facebook Group is gathering several resources into a public spreadsheet that includes resources for: Reading, Math, History, Chinese, Coding, Music and more.

    • CK-12 has age-appropriate lessons in all subjects for different grades

    • Duolingo offers free online language learning tools

    • Epic! - the reading app announced that it would be free to parents for the rest of the school year. To unlock free at-home access, students and their families need a digital invitation from a teacher or school librarian, who can sign up free to provide access to their students and even assign books to read remotely.

    • Open Culture has free textbooks, movies and audiobooks and links to free online courses from professors.

    • Primary Game - With games and activities that meet curriculum needs for math, science, language arts, and social studies, Primary Games houses over 1,000 game titles. The site includes curriculum guides for teachers to use in conjunction with the games.

    • Prodigy Math, which is used by many school districts, has free video game style math learning.

    • Scholastic Learn-at-Home is offering free online resources during the crisis, including 20 days of lessons for grades pre-K to 9 and up to three hours of lessons a day.


    Additional Resources for Staff