The Klingenstein Center is a part of Teachers College, Columbia University. For up-to-date information about the College's COVID-19 response, please visit https://www.tc.columbia.edu/preparedness/.
As we all adjust to life during the Covid-19 global pandemic, the Klingenstein Center is please to offer webinars and Kling Chats, lightly-facilitated online conversations, to our alumni community and the wider independent and international school community. All webinars and chats are held via Zoom and require registration. See a list sessions and register.
After each webinar and Kling Chat, we will share takeaways on our KlingShare page.
Below is a curated list of online resources to support you as you teach and lead. This is just the beginning of how we are planning to offer support during this crisis. We hope you find these resources helpful to your practice. Be well.
- National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) COVID-19 Resource Page
This helpful guide by NAIS provides educators with resources around COVID-19 preparation for schools, with news updates, FAQs, and tools for distance learning.
- Rapid Response Resources (PIE Network)
Compiled by the Policy Innovators in Education Network, this page is complete with key updates and resources for states, districts, schools, families, and students.
- School Closure Resource Hub (Transcend)
Transcend's "School Closure Resource Hub" consists of selected content materials and guides around remote teaching and learning, online teaching pedagogy, student and family well-being, and district and admin planning.
- Global Online Academy's (GoA) COVID-19 Resource Page
GOA's COVID-19 resource page outlines best practices and habits for online learning.
- Countering COVID: Don't Let Education Fall into the Curve Resources Page
Organized by the Center for Education Reform (CER), this resource platform offers the latest efforts in accessing substantive, innovative education options, here and across the globe.
- ADVIS Resources: School Associations List
Educators and families seeking guidance around COVID-19 can consult this page, which lists the website information for various national, state, regional, and international school associations.
- Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus (NPR)
This informative comic for kids explains what they might want to know about the virus.
- "A Letter to Educators Teaching Online for the First Time" (EdSurge)
Online learning raises unique challenges for educators seeking to engage their students remotely. In their letter to educators, Reshan Richards and Stephen Valentine offer their advice on how to navigate these difficulties, while highlighting the possibilities evident in teaching in a new learning environment.
- "Online Learning: How to Support Home Learning in Elementary Grades" (Edutopia)
John S. Thomas, a first and second grade teacher, shares his home learning plan for his students and how he is engaging their families.
- Learning at Home: Advice for Parents! (YouTube)
Jaime Casap, Chief Education Evangelist at Google, shares his ideas on learning and what parents can do right now to help their children learn while they are at home.
- Remote Learning Resources (Khan Academy)
Khan Academy's remote learning resources for schools, teachers, and parents feature lessons and tips for those making the switch to online learning, with grade levels ranging from kindergarten to high school.
- Resources and Reflections for Teaching Through the Coronavirus (Teacher2Teacher)
Born from the belief that no one knows teaching like teachers, Teacher2Teacher provides a platform where educators can connect to share resources, learn from one another, and solve the big problems that no one can solve alone.
- "Coronavirus Resources: Teaching, Learning and Thinking Critically" (NYT)
This page from the New York Times includes ideas for working, at school or at home, with content from The Times and other reliable sources about the global pandemic.
- "A New REALM: the IFSEL's Tips for Distance Learning" (IFSEL)
The Institute for Social and Emotional Learning (IFSEL)'s "tips for distance learning" was designed to help address the social and emotional needs of students and educators as they transition to virtual learning.
- Mindprint Learning
Mindprint Learning offers many free learning strategies and materials to help teachers fulfill their student's academic, cognitive, and social-emotional needs. Click here to access specific strategies around remote learning. To further assist educators distance learning, the Mindprint Team will hold office hours every Tuesday via Zoom, where they will provide support on the following topics: planning for individualized learning, finding affordable at-home tools and resources, exploring remote test administration, interpreting student results, and brainstorming with colleagues.
- Varsity Tutors - Virtual School Day Resources
Varsity Tutors recently announced the launch of Virtual School Day—a free remote learning program that includes live, online classes and educational resources to help parents fill their student's day with enriched learning opportunities. Each class is led by an expert tutor with experience in the course topic, as well as familiarity with virtual instruction. Classes refresh weekly, with age-appropriate options for grades K-12.
- "EDUCATING THROUGH COVID-19: Addressing The Widespread Impact of Coronavirus on Schools" (Education Elements)
Education Elements' "Educating through COVID-19" resources page provides real-time support to educators in the form of free webinars, facilitated drop-in chats, and 1:1 office hours.
- Scholastic Learn At Home Program
Scholastic's Learn at Home Program is an activity portal of free daily courses for students in preK to grade 6.
- Mystery Science: Easy Science for Remote Learning
Mystery Science provides free science lessons for students in kindergarten to grade 5.
HippoCampus's online learning library offers over 7,000 videos across 13 different subjects, including math, science, humanities, and social studies (geared towards middle and upper school students).
- Mindfulness for Teens
Mindfulness for Teens has compiled a list of resources---mobile apps, books, websites, and guided recordings---for meditative practice and reflection. These tools will help students develop the skills needed "to be present and aware everyday."
- GoNoodle: Movement Powers Change
GoNoodle engages 14 million kids every month with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts.
- 30 Things We Can Do For Our Emotional Health | SEL Resource Sheet
Offered in both English and Spanish, this month-long calendar is a great resource for parents and students to practice social emotional skills when school is not in session.
- Online Museum Tours
Featuring partners from Google's Arts and Culture initiative, this guide introduces students and educators to 12 famous museums offering free online tours and exhibits.
- Virtual Field Trips
This resource includes free videos and live camera footage of animal
habitats, famous landmarks, national parks, and museums.