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VPOST Favorite Educational Resources
- Arts for Learning Virginia (Virginia Affiliate of Young Audiences): “Take 10!” makes the arts virtually accessible to youth and families through live and recorded performances and workshops. Production started March 24th and is on target to provide content through June 12th. Take 10 will be available via 24 Facebook Live Events (Facebook.com/Arts4LearningVA ) and 75 On-Demand segments (YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/YoungAudiencesVA and Arts for Learning Website http://yav.org/Take10
- Edible Education: Richmond-based Edible Education has been hosting live kids cooking shows on Facebook. Learn more at: www.facebook.com/EdibleEducationRVA
General and Multi-Subject
- PBS Resources for Lessons and Activities for Emergency Closures: PBS LearningMedia producers and educators have come together to curate a special collection of resources organized by grade and subject area. Find videos, lesson plans, and activities that support learning at home. Create a free account to save and organize content.
- National Center for Family Learning (NCFL): NCFL has developed out-of-school time resources tailored to COVID-19. With a suite of resources, we especially love Wonderpolis. Each day, the site invites visitors to explore an intriguing question about the world around us. Each Wonder of the Day® includes a series of fun and engaging online and offline activities. Activities can be completed In as little as 30 minutes a day is translatable into more than 60 languages.
- CHoR Defenders vs COVID-19 Coloring Book: The Children's Hospital of Richmond has put together a team of experts in infectious diseases, child and adolescent psychiatry, and child life to develop a free, printable coloring book that can be used as a source for education, amusement and a mental health check-in for kids and parents/guardians.
- Kid-Grit: The Kid-grit educator guide: KNOWLEDGE IS POWER offers social-emotional learning directly corresponding to the COVID-19 crisis. With a foundational approach to holistic SEL, this 5-10 hour activity guide focuses on mindfulness, body awareness, community and connection, and digital and social media awareness.
- Soar with Wings: Social Emotional Skills for School & Life an educational program created to equip educators with digital resources focused on social and emotional learning. The offerings for both educators and families provides free standards-aligned learning activities that incorporate academics and fun while building social and emotional skills with grades K–5.
- WagiLabs: Have you ever had an idea that would make the world a better place? Then, WagiLabs is for you! WagiLabs is all about bringing your Ideas for Good to life. Doing good to help people, animals, and the environment. WagiLabs graduates are called Kidpreneurs. Kidpreneurs use curiosity, compassion, and courage to come up with ideas to solve challenges in their community and in the world.Learn more about their current Kidpreneur Challenge going on now!
- Flying Classroom: The Flying Classroom is a STEM program that promotes STEM learning through global expeditions which contains over engineering design challenges. The founder and leader of the Flying Classroom, Captain Barrington Irving is conducting fun STEM activities using common household items. Flying Classroom Live Sessions on Thursday afternoons from 2:00pm-2:45pm EST Join us at https://zoom.us/j/990688667 Flying Classroom Live Sessions Thursday evenings from 6:00pm-6:45pm EST Join us at https://zoom.us/j/242134007
- Old Dominion University (ODU) Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center (VMASC): Starting Thursday April 23rd, ODU VMASC will host a weekly series of engineering design challenge/STEM activity via webinar for education partners, teachers, K-12 aged students, and families LIVE! Audience will be K-12. For more info and to receive a link to the activities, materials/supplies, and complete the activity LIVE, e-mail Jessica Johnson at email@example.com.
- STEM at Home: The SLECoP is organizing a series of webinars for parents, educators, school administrators and anyone who have students in their care. These webinars are intended to help them with practical tips they can employ for how to keep their children engaged and learning with STEM at Home. https://stemecosystems.org/stemathome/
- NoKidHungry Virginia: NoKidHungry has launched a texting hotline to provide information about emergency food distribution sites in local communities. To find food near you text FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877.
- School Meals Sites:VDOE was approved to feed children under the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Seamless Summer Option. The memo detailing the options to feed students, as well as a list of all approved meal service sites (as of April 8)
- Federation of Virginia Foodbanks: Find information on local food banks.
- Tips for parents and caregivers: HealthyChildren.org has two great articles outlining tips for parents on working and learning from homes, as well as strategies for keeping calm in the house.
- Learning Heroes: Offers tips and resources to help parents and caregivers serve in the role as at-home educator.
Virtual Outreach and Distance Learning
- Google Voice: Educators that would like to reach out to youth and families, but not share their personal phone numbers can sign up for Google voice. This free service provides a U.S. telephone number, chosen by the user from available numbers in selected area codes.
Distance Learning Tips
- Virginia Learns Anywhere: In an effort to support Virginia educators, VDOE created the Continuity for Learning (C4L) Task Force consisting of teachers, leaders, and collaborating educational partners across Virginia. The C4L Task Force has prepared Virginia Learns Anywhere which reinforces much-needed structure while also empowering individual teachers to support students in learning remotely. The C4L Task Force encourages divisions to develop and implement continuous learning plans in partnership with local county health departments, families, staff, and local boards of education.
- PBS Distance Learning Resources: View a variety of tips, skills and resources for transforming education to a virtual environmen, including a free pre-recorded webinar
- Best Practices for Video Conferencing: Both Webex and Zoom offer Best Practices for video conferencing, which are concepts that can be applied regardless of platform.
Distance Learning Organization Guidelines
- On the Road Collaborative Program Virtual Learning Overview_April 2020 This document is one of On the Road Collaborative's Virtual Learning Guidelines for their staff. It outlines, goals, activities and platforms used and can be viewed as a sample model.
Small business and organization resources
- Community Foundation COVID-19 Response Funds: Several local community foundations across Virginia have established COVID-19 response grants. These funds generally are awarded to organizations responding to the impact of COVID-19 on vunerable communities. Local Community foundations are operating for the regions of Arlington, Northern Virginia, Williamsburg, Greater Richmond, New River Valley, Loudon and Fauquier, Charlottesville area and Central Blue Ridge. Links to local Community Foundations can be found here.
- US Small Business Administration: Find local agencies offering assistance to small businesses.
Staffing and Employment Resources
- SEL for OST Educators: Mark your calendars, VPOST will be hosting two free virtual professional development days on June 2, and 9, 2020. We will explore Social Emotional Learning in the out-of-school time setting.