According to the latest data from Education Week, school closures throughout the country have impacted at least 124,000 public and private schools, leaving the remainder of the school year a question mark for an estimated 55 million students. As many of these schools move learning online for the indefinite future, educators are tasked with finding solutions for providing all our students with equitable access to learning.

Pivot Learning and CORE have compiled a list of free resources that either we’ve developed or that our trusted partners have shared to help educators tackle this difficult challenge and keep learning moving forward this spring while students learn remotely. Below you’ll find links to resources to support professional learning around equitable instruction and help transition teachers, parents, and caregivers to at-home learning.

Free Professional Learning Resources

As you develop your remote learning plans, explore these resources to share with and support your PLCs, now and in the future.

Pivot Learning

CORE

  • On-Demand Webinars: From assessment for dyslexia to fractions and word problems, CORE’s collection of recorded webinars is a rich resource for building knowledge of evidence-based instructional practices in reading and math.
  • Blogs: CORE experts share their insights, opinions, and expertise about current instructional practices and educational issues.
  • Free Lesson Model Videos: Develop reading instructional skills in phonics, multisyllabic word reading, spelling, and informational text. 

UnboundEd

  • Blog: Access articles, videos, and podcasts to increase knowledge about the intersection of equity and standards.
  • Disrupting Inequity: Having Brave Conversations About Bias: This toolkit contains everything you need to facilitate conversations about bias, prejudice, and race, and includes materials and resources to guide you each step of the way.

Free Distance Learning Resources

Many organizations that we partner with offer or recommend free online learning platforms, printable lessons, activities, and more to support teachers, parents, and caregivers as they transition to distance learning in an equitable way.

Curriculum Associates

  • The iReady math and ELA digital learning platform is now available at no cost. Curriculum Associates also has printable activity packs for grades K-8.

FreeReading.net

  • Access a collection of free activities, searchable by literacy skill, to teach reading and writing in or out of the classroom.

National Center on Improving Literacy

  • Get toolkits and other online resources to support early literacy development. Several toolkits are specifically designed to provide parents and caregivers with guidance for developing their children’s literacy skills at home.

Open Up Resources

  • This high-quality, comprehensive curricula for grades K-5 reading and language arts and grades 6-8 math is always free. Register to gain access to the curricula and resources to support implementation.

UnboundEd

  • Find Lessons: This free collection of lessons, searchable by grades and content area, is an invaluable resource for educators and families as they plan remote learning lessons.
  • Applying Standards to Content: Parents and caregivers are often unfamiliar with learning standards, but are now faced with instructing their children. These teaching guides, videos, and podcasts provide valuable insights focused on the application of content related to standards.

Zearn

  • Access 400 hours of free digital lessons for grades K-5 with on-screen teachers and embedded remediation along with paper-based materials that can be used without a device. To help districts, schools, teachers, and parents/caregivers get started quickly, Zearn created a Distance Learning Resource Center with step-by-step onboarding instructions, mini-PD webinars, video tutorials, and parent/caregiver packs to send home.

Thank you for working harder than ever to support teachers, your students, and their families during these uncertain and stressful times. We hope that the resources on this list are helpful as you make plans to provide all students with equitable access to online and at-home learning. If we can be of further assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at info@pivotlearning.com or 510.250.2543.

 

Pivot Learning refers to both Pivot Learning and our subsidiary, the Consortium on Reaching
Excellence in Education (CORE).