Learning Forward will update this page regularly with the latest resources from Learning Forward and other organizations for supporting your educators during COVID-19.
COVID-19 impacts educators and students across the world. We know that Learning Forward members are coping with an unprecedented situation and Learning Forward is here to help.
We are closely monitoring health and safety guidelines as well as how we can best support members and friends.
Just as teachers are designing new models of learning, Learning Forward is designing new ways to support schools and systems as they provide professional learning support for teachers, coaches, and leaders to ensure they are collaboratively adapting and continuing to work toward a common vision of excellent teaching and learning every day.
- The Learning Forward Annual Conference will be virtual for 2020. We will host a virtual conference December 6-8, 2020, bringing educators together for shared learning and powerful networking. Look soon for more information about this opportunity, where we’ll highlight leading voices in professional learning and connect our community of peers to share solutions and inspiration.
- We are now offering the high-quality professional learning you’ve come to expect from Learning Forward in a virtual learning environment. Our virtual consulting services help teacher leaders, coaches, mentors, and school leaders lead and facilitate virtual professional learning that reflects best practices in both adult learning and online learning.
Supporting leaders, teachers, and staff remains a top priority for learning professionals. The Learning Forward Board of Trustees and staff are ready to support everyone who has been thrown into this unprecedented situation.
Below we have grouped available resources that are educator-focused, free, and align with our mission and vision into these four categories:
- Building capacity to teach and lead in a time of uncertainty
- Strategies for staying connected
- Social and emotional support for educators
Building capacity to teach and lead in a time of uncertainty
Learning Forward study that investigated factors that drive teachers to embrace or challenge the use of products and services designed to support improvements in practice. One key element of of the student focused on technology-based resources designed for video observations, peer feedback and collaboration, online professional learning, and learning management platforms.
Article by Joellen Killion is excerpted from Meet the Promise of Content Standards: Tapping Technology to Enhance Professional Learning. This brief is just one of several resources created as part of Learning Forward’s initiative Transforming Professional Learning to Prepare College- and Career-Ready Students: Implementing the Common Core.
6 Strategies to Help Principals Become Technology Leaders
This article from EdTech K-12 offers practical suggestions to help principals think about how to an instructional leader and a technology leader.
A useful guide by Stephanie DeMichele, especially for those with limited or no experience navigating distance learning. The guide includes practical ideas to "put a plan in place" and "make it work".
Rapid Transit Online Learning is an emergency roadmap for a rapid transition to remote learning during forced school closures. This short program walks you through a simple step-by-step guide to maintain your continuity of teaching and learning in a crisis.
High-level guidance from English Learner Success Forum (ELSF) for districts and educators to plan for the curriculum and learning needs of English learner students during school closures.
Myths About Technology-Supported Professional Learning
This article byJoellen Killion and Barbara Treacy examines three commonly held myths about technology-supported professional learning. Each has significant implications for how state or provincial agencies, school systems, or schools support professional learning and how individual educators experience it.
Teaching Through a Pandemic: A Mindset for This Moment
Article from Edutopia with advice from teachers around the world who have been teaching with distance learning. The article includes insight from teachers in Italy, Hong Kong, Washington and elsewhere.
Social and emotional support for educators
In this special edition of The 180 Podcast on the coronavirus, host Chris Riback talks with Pamela Cantor, M.D., Turnaround for Children’s Founder and Senior Science Advisor, about how to address the fear, stress and disruption caused by the pandemic.
How Teachers Can Navigate Difficult Emotions During School Closures
Article from the Greater Good Science Center with practical tips for educators to manage stress. The article includes strategies for self-compassion, mindfulness, affirming your values, reaching out to others, and more.
Six Daily Questions to Ask Yourself During Quarantine
Article with six helpful questions to check in with yourself every day and help you stay strong and centered. This article includes a succinct graphic you can post or refer to as a reminder of the 6 questions.
Strategies for staying connected
School Closures and Online Learning: Creating Community, Centering Students
On-demand webinar from Facing History and Ourselves about how to create community and sustain student-centered learning in a digital environment.
Creative Connections While Apart
Blog post from Usable Knowledge provides strategies on staying connected with your school community. Researchers from the Harvard Graduate School of Education share their ideas.
4 Tips to Avoid a Communication Breakdown When Working Remotely
Article from Inc. about how leaders can continue to communicate well with staff while transitioning to remote work. Though the article was written for businesses, its recommendations apply equally well to schools.