Free Resources for Families & Teachers


Resources for Families

In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, schools throughout Florida and the United States are on extended breaks in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. The Florida Department of Education has compiled a list of free resources, offered by state and federal agencies, private companies, and non-profit organizations to help school districts, colleges, educators and families ensure continuity of learning during this time.

State-Level ResourcesEarly Learning Resources & Engagement: Birth - FiveResources for All GradesElementary School ResourcesMiddle School ResourcesHigh School ResourcesEnglish Language Learners (ELL) ResourcesSupporting Students with DisabilitiesCollege ResourcesSecondary and Postsecondary Career and Technical Education (CTE)Food-Related ResourcesFree Internet & Communications ProvidersVirtual Classroom SitesResources for Understanding COVID-19

State-Level Resources

U.S. Department of Education (DOE)

Through collaboration and coordination with State and local health departments, State and local educational agencies, other education officials, and elected officials, schools can disseminate critical information about the disease and its potential transmission to students, families, staff, and community. For more information and resources for schools and school personnel, click here.

Florida School Board Association (FSBA)

FSBA offers a resource list on a variety of topics from legal advice to federal and national resources available. Click the header above for full resources list. Click HERE for a list of at home learning resources.

Early Learning Resources & Engagement: Birth - Five

A list of resources and tools to support families as they shift to digital spaces while home with their youngest learners.

Book Finder from Reading Rockets

Helps families find books appropriate for the age of their child.

Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL)

as developed specific materials to assist in guiding their child’s early literacy development through the use of fun and exciting early literacy learning experiences. These materials are applicable to specific age groups. Parents may select infants, toddlers, or preschoolers for each type of the resources listed below:

  • CELLcasts: CELLcasts are audio/visual versions of CELL Parent Practice Guides. CELLcasts are available for parents to watch and listen to online or download.
  • CELL Videos: Each video introduces and illustrates a key component of the CELL Early Literacy Model. The videos are for use by teachers and with parents as indicated.
  • CELL Tools: CELL has created an extensive library of tools and resources that are easy to use and easy to implement that aide in supporting families.

VROOM

VROOM offers free, science-based tips and tools to inspire families to turn shared, everyday moments into Brain Building Moments® via app, text and/or printed home resources.

Why Reading Aloud to Kids Helps Them Thrive

Tips for making the most of reading aloud to children.

Florida Office of Early Learning (OEL)

FL Office of Early Learning (OEL) provides additional family engagement activities and materials for families to utilize outside of the classroom.

Waterford

Waterford.org has created a resource for parents with 3-4 year-olds – Early Learning Boost emails. These Early Learning Boost emails will each have a video and an activity sent out every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. These are simple age-appropriate resources that parents can do with their children, instead of spending their time searching or planning activities. Parents can go to www.Waterford.org/boost/ to sign up for these free emails.

Cosmic Yoga

Free Yoga and Mindfulness videos for children 3+.

EduCare

EduCare support parents of children between 0-3, by providing complimentary text messaging advice specifically timed to your child’s age, with resources on wellness, early child growth, literacy/education and specific milestones.

GoNoodle

Free Exercise and Mindfulness videos.

Heggerty

Literacy lessons and assessments for children offered in English and Spanish.

Helping Struggling Readers

Ideas for families who have readers that need additional support.

Home Literacy Environment Checklist

Ways to make your home literacy friendly for children.

How to Choose a Read Aloud Book

Tips on reading aloud to children and selecting books for children.

Making Room for Family Literacy

A video that offers ideas on how to make your home a literacy rich environment.

Raising Readers What Parents Can Do

Tips on how you can help your child become a reader.

Read Early and Often

Provides information on the importance of reading early and the different stages of literacy development.

Reading Tips for Parents in Multiple Languages

Reading tips for families that speak languages other than English for families.

Reading Rockets’ Start with a Book

Provides book centered activities for families to use at home.

Seven Research-Based ways to Promote Early Literacy

A video that promotes family literacy.

Storyline Online

Provides stories being read aloud by actors, as well as book-related activities for children.

Talk, Read and Sing Together Every Day

Provides parents tips on talking, singing and reading that support the language and literacy skills of babies and toddlers.

Thomas B. Fordham Institute

The Thomas B. Fordham has created a list of educational resources for families to assist preschoolers in interactive online learning. Click here for access to thirty-two free resources.

U.S. Department of Education (DOE)

U.S. Department of Education (DOE) offers early childhood learning resources which includes guidance for parents and families to help them support pre-k learning and development.

WatchKnowLearn

WatchKnowLearn offers free educational videos in all content areas for K-12 students.

Resources for All Grades

A.V.E. for Success K-12 Digital Resources

Florida Association of School Administrators (FASA) offers courses for K-12 are organized by subject area (ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, CTE) and then by grade. Teachers can find free lesson plan ideas and digital resources to engage students in content from anywhere. Many of the traditional courses created also have an Access course (and includes the Access Points) for exceptional students (ESE) and over 90% of the courses have an ELL section with specific resources for teachers to be able to reach ELL students. These courses are available to ALL teachers to copy and use with their students so they can track progress. Should anyone have questions or need assistance, they can contact Michele White at mwhite@fasa.net.

Camp Immokalee

YMCA Camp Immokalee is offering free live stream camp activities via their Instagram and Facebook page for children years 4-15 years old, including yoga, nature crafts, arts & crafts activities and much more.

Class Wallet

Class Wallet is providing free access to its spending management platform to all school districts in the nation for the remainder of the school year.

Read Theory

Read Theory (www.readtheory.org) provides personalized reading comprehension exercises for K-12 and ESL students.  It is a completely free, adaptive tool for assessing and tracking student reading performance. For more information about Read Theory, click here.

CommonLit

CommonLit offers a free online library of digital fiction and nonfiction texts for 3-12 grade students.

CPALMS

Florida’s official source for thousands of free instructional/educational resources that have been developed specifically for students and is available free at www.cpalms.org. In addition to computers, CPALMS may be accessed on mobile devices via the CPALMS app, which is available for devices running iOS and Android.

Dairy Council of Florida

The Dairy Council of Florida partners with schools throughout the state to create a culture of health and wellness for students, teachers and families by providing a comprehensive approach to support healthy school environments with free resources to teachers and students including recipes, digital content, Mooga (cow inspired yoga), Dairy 101 curriculum and much more.

Discovery Education

Discovery Education is offering free access to the Discovery Education Experience for the rest of the school year to schools and school districts who are not already partnering with Discovery Education. Principals and Superintendents can request access to the Discovery Education Experience by filling out the form here.

Education Development Center (EDC)

EDC is offering resources and ideas for parents and teachers that have been contributed by EDC staff around the world. Stay up-to-date with new resources from EDC.

Ellevation Distance Learning

Ellevation Education has developed free, research-based activities in English and Spanish to support K-12 English learners in a distance learning environment.  This resource also includes videos, podcasts, and additional resources to help EL educators stay informed and inspired.

Floridastudents.org

More than 800 free original tutorials aligned to Florida’s standards support student learning in language arts, mathematics, science, civics and U.S. History.

Florida Virtual School (FLVS)

Florida Virtual School (FLVS) has partnered with FDOE to offer all school districts student support and teacher professional development tailored to online learning at https://flvs.net/. FLVS also has a blog, the Virtual Voice, which features specific Coronavirus information, as well as general information to help individuals engaged in online learning. Please visit https://blog.flvs.net/.

Great Minds

Great Minds provides knowledge-building resources from Eureka Math® (for Grades K–12), our English language arts curriculum Wit & Wisdom® (K–8), and PhD Science™ (3–5). Customized by grade and module, these consistent and coherent video lessons, delivered by our experienced teachers, are viewable on any device. Let’s keep inspiring greatness and building knowledge together during these uncertain times. Look for new video lessons and updated content daily.

K12 FL LLC

Existing FLVIP district partners may reopen to take students for the remainder of the year, with our teachers, at no charge. Districts may partner with K12 for free access to middle and high school course offerings for 30 days on their PEAK platform, free access to Stride PK-8 adaptive learning product through June 30 and free access to their Big Universe K-12 digital library of over 17,000 books through June 30.

SMART Technologies

SMART Learning Suite Online enables students to connect remotely to live lessons delivered by teachers and engage in real-time with lesson activities. Cloud-based classrooms powered by SMART Learning Suite Online easily enable student collaboration on devices anywhere, anytime breaking down the distance learning barriers. This software is provided complimentary through the end of the school year.

SMART Education team members have also developed a variety of professional development and support courses for student self-paced and teacher-led learning. Teachers, IT professionals and leaders can access webinars to connect directly with SMART team members on topics for teaching in a distance learning environment. Access to grade level lesson content is also available.

Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)

If you are looking for educational resources to share with parents and families in your states, Learning Heroes and GreatSchools.org hosted a webinar this week, Supporting Learning at Home, which highlighted the free social, emotional, and academic digital and print resources available for parents and teachers, including The Learning Hero Roadmap and grade-by-grade learning toolkits, both in English and Spanish. For a list of resources, click here.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a nonprofit with a mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere to encourage continued education. Khan Academy is largely the #1 free resource during this time for students, teachers, districts and parents.

Achieve3000

Achieve3000 is opening access to its proven-effective online learning solutions for educators, students and parents. Solutions are available for students in grades PreK-12 with and without internet access, as well as those in need of Spanish content.

Edmentum

Edmentum is offering free program access to Study Island for Home, two free months of access to Study Island, or two free courses in EdOptions Academy to any school or district who has shut down due to this virus. Offline options are also available and include printable items to help you out. Click here for some fun and free options you can download and print right away.

Teachstone

Teachstone offers blog posts, webinars, and downloadable resources for parents and educators. Use these resources to learn about the importance of interactions, plan activities for children, and incorporate CLASS concepts into your daily routines.

Lexile

The Internet Archive has opened up their "National Emergency Library" and has made some 4 million E-books available for free checkout.  When paired with our Find a Book tool this becomes a powerful free resource for educators and families.

Tech For Learners

Tech for Learners is an online database that allows educators to search for tools to help them facilitate and instruct online learning.

Amazing Educational Resources

http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/ provides an extensive list of available educational offers to help families who are staying in their homes at this time.

Florida Blue and New Directions Behavioral Health

Florida Blue and New Directions Behavioral Health have teamed up to offer a hotline to help Floridians deal with their anxiety over the COVID-19 crisis. Specially trained behavioral health counselors will answer the phone 24-hours a day and offer assistance in both English and Spanish. To receive assistance, please call 833-848-1762.

Florida PBS

Florida PBS stations are banding together to support at-home learning for students by delivering a new weekday television schedule of educational programs. These programs are aligned to state standards, and are free and accessible from home. Most of the stations across the state will begin broadcasting these programs Monday, March 23rd at 6 a.m.

At home learning stations are as follows:

  • WEDU - Tampa/St. Petersburg
  • WFSU – Tallahassee/Panama City
  • WGCU - Ft. Myers/Naples
  • WJCT - Jacksonville
  • WLRN - Miami
  • WPBT - Miami
  • WSRE - Pensacola
  • WUCF - Orlando
  • WUFT - Gainesville/Ocala
  • WXEL - Boynton Beach

Code.Org

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event or try any of the over 500+ one-hour tutorials, available in over 45 languages.

Collier County Public Schools

Collier County Public Schools created a break-down of step by step curriculum for a for all K-12 students with a widespread of subjects including language arts, math, science, social studies, art, music, physical education, social emotional learning, career and technical, world languages and JROTC. They also offer a list of resources to support students, parents and teachers through online education.

ABDO

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, schools and libraries are closing across the country. ABDO wants to ensure that readers everywhere continue to have the opportunity to learn and grow during this unprecedented event. Our digital products are available for free now through June 2020.

TEDEd

TED is working with expert educators and TED speakers to create and share daily virtual lessons on a widespread of subjects for elementary level students all the way up to college students. Click here to sign up for a free daily newsletter.

Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments is offering free 6 month software licenses of TI Software to all MAC and PC to allow students, parents and educators easy access to their calculators. They are also offering free downloadable Classroom Activities designed to align with all TI graphing calculators.

Mouse

Mouse Open Projects has selected projects that students can work on at home without an account, educator guidance, or materials. Have students choose a project and get started! Each project has a lesson plan and step by step instructions, so students can work by themselves or with an adult.

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center offers virtual games, lessons, videos and an interactive Constitution that teaches students K-12 about U.S. History.

Stanford History Education Group

Stanford History Education Group provides free access to U.S. and World History curriculum for teachers.

BeepBox

BeepBox is a free music platform where students can create their own instrumental songs and melodies. 

Springboard

Our mission is to close the reading achievement gap for every child. To do that, we need your help. Whether you’re a parent that wants to become a better coach for their child, a teacher looking to improve your practice or a school looking to partner with us, this page includes resources to get you started.

  1. Resource portal for teachers and families to support reading at home
  2. Open source events/trainings for teachers AND families  

NASA

NASA has made their entire Media Library of over 140,000 photos and resources accessible to the public and copyright free. Click here to access the library.

Ready Rosie | Teaching Strategies

The Healthy at Home Toolkit resource provides access to bilingual content created in partnership with pediatricians and mental health experts on prevention and care, and activities that promote emotional well-being and learning at home.

Homeschool Hideout Blog

Homeschool Hideout offers a list of 150+ Educational Shows on Netflix, hands-on learning ideas and more!

Listenwise

Listenwise if offering free Premium access for educators to access their collection of comprehension quizzes and podcasts create for students K-12.

IXL

IXL supports teachers and schools with no cost resources aligned to Florida Standards with Pre-K through 12th grade curriculum and educational support. They are offering to extend their 30-day free trials to 60 days or more by emailing membership services to request an extension. Teachers are able to create a trial account to access an "At-Home Learning Hub” with a variety of resources and free webinars to help support teachers, students and parents.

iCivics

iCivics offers free online Civics Lessons and virtual games to engage and inform students in an age appropriate way about America’s government and history.

EVERFI

EVERFI provides interactive lessons for students K-12 in Financial Literacy, Social Emotional Learning, Health & Wellness and Career Readiness.

KidsActivities.com

Find a list of education companies offering free subscriptions as well as digital learning ideas due to school closures.

Open Culture

Use Your Time in Isolation to Learn Everything You’ve Always Wanted To: Free Online Courses, Audio Books, eBooks, Historical Children’s Books, Movies, Coloring Books & More!

Explore.org

Explore.org has compiled a list of educational resources and lesson plans from animal experts and researchers to help connect your child and/or student to nature. View updates and resources here!

We Are Teachers

WeAreTeachers.com offers an assortment of resources for teachers and families that include classroom ideas, virtual field trips, free printable resources and more.

Make the Most of your Time at Home

Eatright.org offers ideas on how to get your kids involved with preparing family meals at home!

GoPeer

With GoPeer, an online tutor offers the same face-to-face personalized tutoring experience as an in-person tutor, but uses our state-of-the-art live learning platform to meet with you over the Internet. GoPeer is giving 1,000 free hours of tutoring to students in the area (two free hours per family so many students can benefit). Click HERE and enter the code FREE120 (*use all capital letters) when creating your free parent or student account.

Junior Achievement USA

With schools closing, Junior Achievement is providing free online resources to teachers and parents. We are doing this so our kids can spend more time planning for and dreaming about tomorrow, and less time worrying about today.

Audible

Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.

Florida Electronic Library

Florida Electronic Library offers access to the online database of magazines, books, newspapers and other resources to the public.

Monique Burr Foundation

Monique Burr Foundation is a nonprofit that offers in person child protection and child advocacy online courses across the State of Florida. In order to accommodate during these times, these training programs are being offered as live streams or recorded sessions for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

With millions of learners attempting to grow and educate themselves in new circumstances, Mo Willems (Kennedy Center Education Artist-in-Residence) has decided to invite everyone into his studio once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons so you and Mo can doodle together and explore ways of writing and making!

Newsela

From now until the end of the school year, any teacher that needs it can freely access Newsela’s full suite of products to assist with their learning continuity plans. They are also offering frequent professional learning resources to help them develop their mastery of distance learning techniques.

Parchment

Parchment  is offering free access to all schools/districts through June 2020 to their online tool that allows students to request transcripts and other reports from the school/districts reporting office remotely.

Pencil Madness

Pencil Madness is a free online sketching tool for students to practice visual arts online.

PhET Interactive Simulations

PhET Interactive Simulations offers 158 free interactive Math & Science simulations for students where students are able to explore through a game-like environment.

Quizizz

Explore millions of teacher-created quizzes on a variety of courses for free!

Elementary School Resources

Age of Learning

Age of Learning is offering free home access to ABCmouse, a learning resource for ages 2 to 8; Adventure Academy, for students ages 8 to 13; and ReadingIQ, a digital library and literacy platform is available for children 12 and under.

Carolina

Carolina Biological Supply Company is committed to support parents, teachers, and school districts with learn-from-home resources during this challenging time. Explore the resources below for elementary and middle school students from Carolina’s Building Blocks of Science 3D, Innovators in Science, and Smithsonian Programs.

Kodable Blog

Kodable’s mission is to make programming education accessible to as well as supporting teachers, parents and students with free resources for teaching or learning from home.

National Inventors Hall of Fame

The National Inventors Hall of Fame provides online STEM and invention education lesson plans and activities to encourage continued learning, including STEM activity blogs and a STEM activity guide.

Generation Genius

Generation Genius provides a free digital library of science lessons for K-5 students.

GoNoodle

GoNoodle provides free Exercise and Mindfulness videos for children.

Imagine Learning

Imagine Learning offers online language development lessons for K-8 students, including Math and Literacy Programs, geared towards keeping students, parents and educators engaged in academics and language development during this time. 

BrainPOP

BrainPOP is offering free access to all of their lessons in Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Arts & Music, Health & SEL, Engineering for K-3 students, 3-5 students, English Language Learners and Educators.

Ranger Rick

The National Wildlife Federation is America's largest conservation organization that works with more than 4 million members, partners and supporters in communities across the country to protect and restore wildlife habitat, confront global warming and connect with nature. Ranger Rick is a fun-packed children's nature magazine aimed at kids aged 7 and up and published 10 times per year by the National Wildlife Federation and is offering a three-month subscription free through June 30, 2020!

Primary Playground

Primary Playground offers free online activities and ideas to support teachers and parents in engaging Elementary level students in educational and innovative ways.

Scholastic

Scholastic created free resources to provide all students with 20 days worth of instructional materials at www.scholastic.com/learnathomeClick here to access a safe online environment for children to meet their favorite story book characters, write stories and listen to live events with Authors while interacting with other readers. 

ST Math

ST Math is offering free access to parents and educators to their interactive math curriculum geared towards K-8 grade level students through June 30, 2020.

Walkabouts

Walkabouts ActivEd is making the Walkabouts platform available temporarily for free to any students forced to learn from home in response to the COVID-19 related school closings. Given these stressful and less than ideal circumstances, our team recognizes the importance of a resource for standards-based movement and physical activity. In addition to the general student logins being distributed by our team now, we are also offering significant accommodations and discounts to regions and districts who wish to license our platform at the enterprise level for their specific state standards. View additional free resources to help with kids at home during school closures.

Zearn Math

Zearn Math is providing math lessons for K-5 students free. Kids, teachers, parents, and caregivers can directly access online and paper-based materials at www.zearn.org.

Imagine Learning

Imagine Learning offers online language development lessons for K-8 students, including Math and Literacy Programs, geared towards keeping students, parents and educators engaged in academics and language development during this time. 

Middle School Resources

Age of Learning

Age of Learning is offering free home access to ABCmouse, a learning resource for ages 2 to 8; Adventure Academy, for students ages 8 to 13; and ReadingIQ, a digital library and literacy platform is available for children 12 and under.

Great Minds

Great Minds offers free access to “Knowledge on the Go” lessons in Math, Language Arts and Science for K-8 students and high school level math courses.

Time for Kids

As the world asks more of families and teachers, TIME for Kids salutes you, and we're here to support you! TIME for Kids is in the unique position to help kids understand this unprecedented moment.

National Hurricane Center

With all of us learning and working from home, the National Hurricane Center will be conducting webinars about hurricanes for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders living in U.S. states and territories along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts. These webinars will focus on the job of a meteorologist, the weather hazards that come with hurricanes, and how meteorologists get you the weather information you need before a storm. Click here for the webinar schedule from the National Hurricane Center.

TGR EDU

Use these interactive resources, designed for grades 6-12, to develop problem-solving and decision-making skills with real-world applications in college access and STEM learning.

Carolina

Carolina Biological Supply Company is committed to supporting parents, teachers, and school districts during this educational disruption with learn-from-home resources for middle school. You will find free science activities for teachers and students that are safe and require minimal materials. In addition, you will find parent resources and links to activities that can be purchased and used safely and productively at home with middle-school-aged kids.

Civic Learning: National Constitution Center

The National Constitution Center team is supporting remote learning with free lectures and civil dialogue sessions on the Constitution that students across America can access online. Beginning March 23, we will offer daily live constitutional conversations for middle school, high school, and college students, available through Zoom, and accessible on home computer, laptop, or phone.

Math Nation

The Lastinger Center at University of Florida is opening up digital access to Math Nation to any district in the country free of charge through August 31, 2020; https://mathnation.com/learnmore/.

North American Scholastic Esports Federation

North American Scholastic Esports Federation launched free daily “Community Club” sessions for students. These are interactive online gatherings to provide activities, socialization (without physical contact), development of game skills, and insights into the careers and lives of professionals working in the esports industry.

Matific

Matific is offering 60-day complimentary access for all schools impacted by, or preparing for, Coronavirus closures. Matific’s thousands of activities and worksheets cover every concept students learn in K-6 mathematics, and is available on all devices, including the web, iOS, Android and Kindle Fire. The platform also provides teachers complete lesson plans and robust student reporting. For more information on Matific, click here. (PDF)

ST Math

ST Math is offering free access to parents and educators to their interactive math curriculum geared towards K-8 grade level students through June 30, 2020.

Scholastic

Scholastic created free resources to provide all students with 20 days worth of instructional materials at www.scholastic.com/learnathome.

Imagine Learning

Imagine Learning offers online language development lessons for K-8 students, including Math and Literacy Programs, geared towards keeping students, parents and educators engaged in academics and language development during this time. 

High School Resources

 

ACT Information

ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date. View the full Q&A, here.

The free ACT resources outlined below are part of ACT’s commitment to serving community needs during this challenging time. The resources are adaptable for use in the home, through online learning and in workforce settings.

The resources are live and available now to students and parents, educators, job seekers, and for education and workforce advocates.

ACT Digital Learning Resources:

One of the resources, icurio, will allow the classrooms in your districts to have free access to over 360,000 vetted, tagged and maintained digital learning resources. Click here to learn more about icurio!

SAT Information

In response to the rapidly evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19), College Board is canceling the May 2, 2020 SAT and SAT Subject Test administration. Makeup exams for the March 14 administration (scheduled for March 28) are also canceled. Students who already registered for May, whose March test centers were closed, or who do not receive March scores because of any irregularities will receive refunds. In the coming days, College Board will share additional information and details directly with registered students and test centers. For more information about the SAT, click here.

Advanced Placement Program (AP)

The College Board is continuing to administer AP testing for high schoolers nationwide and is shifting all testing to remote, online exams. They are also offering online AP Review sessions for students starting on Wednesday, March 25th that can be accessed here.

Carnegie Learning

Carnegie Learning is making their Math materials available to 6-12 grade level students and teachers in Florida online at no cost for the rest of the school year, including text lessons, Artificial Intelligence-based software, skills practice, Instructional videos, Live Webinars twice per day for teachers, a live Math Coach available 8:00am-6:00pm daily and Mathia Software Support until 9:00 PM.

Carolina

Carolina Biological Supply Company High School Resources - Carolina Biological Supply Company is committed to supporting parents, teachers, and school districts with learn-from-home resources during this educational disruption. Enjoy exploring the free activities for high school science students. Each free activity can be used at home by teachers and students safely and with minimal materials. Additionally, we have included parent resources and links to activities that can be purchased and used safely and productively at home with high school-aged young adults.

EdisonLearning

EdisonLearning offers a comprehensive learning curriculum for 6-12 grade students and is offering free eCourse classes to Seniors on pace to graduate, one month of free access for all 6-11 grade students and to seniors who are not on pace to graduate if they sign up by April 1, 2020 and after 30 days registration will be $75 per student up until June 30, 2020. Training is being offered for teachers to learn tips on how to best transition and instruct through online education.

EdisonLearning is also creating their If You Can Text You Can Learn™ initiative, providing access to students who do not have access to the internet resources they need to continue their education online. Partnering with T-Mobile, they are offering a waived application requirement for EmpowerED connected student plans, free hotspot options to support connecting all students, options from $10: 2GB High Speed Access and unlimited 3G to $20: Unlimited High Speed Access, individual district conversations to determine student mobile access needs, implementation teams will label and kit all devices for district direct to parent/student deployment if needed, CIPA compliant filtering included on every device upon shipment and reduced contract terms.

TGR EDU

Use these interactive resources, designed for grades 6-12, to develop problem-solving and decision-making skills with real-world applications in college access and STEM learning.

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Gilder Lehrman is offering free registration for families and students that includes study guides for AP Exams, lesson plans, online exhibitions, lectures by major historians and access to over 70,000 primary source documents in the online Gilder Lehrman Collection.

Foundation for Economic Education (FEE)

FEE has a plethora of resources available online for free to teach economics to students at home through our free online courses as well as our educational videos.

Citizens’ High School (CHS)

CHS is making their technology and expertise available for rapid deployment to all colleagues in secondary education, including public, private, independent, charters and co-ops.

Civic Learning: National Constitution Center

The National Constitution Center team is supporting remote learning with free lectures and civil dialogue sessions on the Constitution that students across America can access online. Beginning March 23, we will offer daily live constitutional conversations for middle school, high school, and college students, available through Zoom, and accessible on home computer, laptop, or phone.

North American Scholastic Esports Federation

North American Scholastic Esports Federation launched free daily “Community Club” sessions for students. These are interactive online gatherings to provide activities, socialization (without physical contact), development of game skills, and insights into the careers and lives of professionals working in the esports industry.

Plasma Education

Plasma Education is offering free access to all teachers and students to their Sci Ops: Global Defense, a virtual game that provides high school level Chemistry lessons in a fun and interactive style.

Shmoop

Shmoop is offering access to a full library of online content and resources to the entire state of Florida for free by providing greater access to premium content and resources to support continuity of learning remotely. Resources include, college test prep, over 10,000 videos on 1,000’s of learning guides, over 400 online courses and much more!

Welcome to Shmoop Webinar, April 1 at 1:00PM. Click here to register!

English Language Learners (ELL) Resources

Below are a list of resources by grade level specific to ELL’s.

Elementary

Middle School

High School

All Grades

Supporting Students with Disabilities

U.S. Department of Education (DOE)

The Department stands ready to offer guidance, technical assistance, and information on any available flexibility, within the confines of the law, to ensure that all students, including students with disabilities, continue receiving excellent education during this difficult time.

College Resources

Embry-Riddle

Embry-Riddle, Aeronautical University is offering free online course offerings on topics ranging from aeronautics and meteorology, to computer applications, history and more. No-cost options are available for the general public as well as Embry-Riddle employees. To learn more about Embry-Riddle, click here.

GRE Information

ETS has announced that the GRE has cancelled its April 4 national test date across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of COVID-19. All rescheduling fees are temporarily being waived until further notice. ETS is offering at home GRE testing beginning on March 27.

Ivy League Courses Online

Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, Columbia universities, and the University of Pennsylvania are offering over 400 online courses ranging in categories from Computer Science, Humanities, Business to Engineering, Math and many more. Browse available courses here.

TOEFL Information

ETS has announced that the TOEFL has cancelled its April 4 national test date across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of COVID-19. All rescheduling fees are temporarily being waived until further notice. ETS is offering at home TOEFL testing beginning on March 26.

Civic Learning: National Constitution Center

The National Constitution Center team is supporting remote learning with free lectures and civil dialogue sessions on the Constitution that students across America can access online. Beginning March 23, we will offer daily live constitutional conversations for middle school, high school, and college students, available through Zoom, and accessible on home computer, laptop, or phone.

Secondary and Postsecondary Career and Technical Education (CTE)

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)

Teachers: The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is offering a selection of free online courses to prepare CTE teachers to teach online.

Register/login on the CTE Learn site and enter the master key “MK-ACTE” to enroll in several courses for free. This complimentary key is valid through May 1st. Contact support@ctelearn.org if you have any questions.

Florida Association for Career and Technical Education (FACTE)

FDOE and FACTE are coordinating to provide online resource repositories through google drive to share information. You do not need a google account to access these sites.

They may be accessed at:

CTE Resources - Southern Regional Education Board

As classrooms around the country move online due to school closures caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, STEM and career and technical education teachers need to be able to offer hands-on learning experiences in a virtual format. Find a list of resources compiled by various organizations, including the Technical College System of Georgia, the Association for Career and Technical Education and SREB staff. This list includes virtual labs, simulations and interactive learning objects that allow STEM and CTE students to engage with and explore the world of science and technology in an online setting.

Food-Related Resources

Summer BreakSpot

During the unplanned break, and FDOE has been working directly with the Division of Food, Nutrition, and Wellness (the Division) at the Florida Department of Agriculture. On March 14, the Division obtained a waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide flexibility for school meals during periods of school closure. The decision to continue meal services for students is a local one. However, FDOE is hearing consistently that districts are planning on continuing services, and districts must have their plan for alternative meal delivery approved by the Division in concert with USDA. FDOE will be participating in twice daily calls that the Division is hosting with all school districts’ food service directors. Note, this does not apply to the regularly scheduled Spring Break, because the waiver only applies to unanticipated events. The Summer BreakSpot program has been activated to connect families with alternative school meals during unplanned campus closures. To access this website, please visit https://www.summerbreakspot.org/.

  • FLKIDSMEALS Hotline - Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried activated a text line and call center to find free meals for kids during school closures related to the coronavirus. Floridians can text FLKIDSMEALS to 211-211 to find the closest participating Summer BreakSpot location with meals available. Residents can also call 2-1-1 to speak with a live operator for additional information.

FoodFinder

FoodFinder is a national nonprofit with a website, www.foodfinder.us, and mobile app (“FoodFinder – Fighting Hunger”) that shows low-income families when and where to get nutritious free food from their closest food pantry. Organizations that would like to be included as a resource on this platform should also visit www.foodfinder.us.

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)/National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option (SSO)

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)/ National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option (SSO) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), announced program requirement flexibilities that would allow schools, child care institutions, and community organizations to provide meals to low-income children through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) or National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option (SSO) during school closures related to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). For more information about SFSP/SSO, click here.

Free Internet & Communications Providers

Chairman Pai Launches the Keep Americans Connected Pledge

AT&T

AT&T has expanded eligibility for its low-cost internet program & new customers get 2 months of free service. In addition to SNAP recipients, the expansion covers households participating in the National School Lunch Program & Head Start. Learn more - https://m.att.com/shopmobile/internet/access/

Unlimited AT&T Home Internet

All AT&T consumer home internet wireline customers, as well as Fixed Wireless Internet, can use unlimited internet data. Additionally, we’ll continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through our Access from AT&T program. We’ve expanded eligibility to Access from AT&T to households participating in the National School Lunch Program and Head Start. Additionally, we’re offering new Access from AT&T customers two months of free service.

Additionally, to help keep families connected during this uncertain time, AT&T is also funding 60 days of free access and unlimited usage of Caribu, a video-calling application that allows family members to read, draw, and play games with one another while in distant locations. The Caribu application, which integrates children's books, coloring activities, and games will be available to families across the country and around the world, free of cost, for the next two months.

Microsoft

Microsoft is offering a free 6-month Office 365 G1 Trial, including Microsoft Teams, is now available. Microsoft is making this special G1 Trial license available for the US government, in response to the increased need for employees to work from home due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Office 365 and Teams can help bridge the communication gap between educators, students, parents, and guardians by enabling virtual classes and access to assignments using at-home devices.

Additionally, Microsoft Teams can enhance, augment and compliment any existing emergency learning plans so that districts can spend less time on the “how” and more time on the students, families and educators impacted by this challenging situation. Please see other helpful resources for Microsoft Teams below:

Comcast/Xfinity

Comcast is offering free Wi-Fi, postponing service cutoff for coronavirus crisis. A map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots is available at www.xfinity.com/wifi. For those with school-age students at home, Comcast created new educational collections for all grade levels in partnership with Common Sense Media. Customers say “education” into their X1 or Flex voice remote to use. Xfinity will not be charging late fees to for customers that are unable to pay their bill due to impact from COVID-19. 

  • Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. View a map of available hotspots, here. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.

Cox Communications

New customers will receive their first month of service free. Offer available through May 12, 2020. Remote customer service support at no charge between now and May 12, 2020. In-home modem included.

  • $9.95 per month (plus taxes)
  • 10 Mbps
  • No term commitment
  • No deposit
  • No installation fee

Spectrum/Charter

Charter Communications, Spectrum’s parent company, announced Friday that beginning March 16, it will make its services available for free for 60 days to households with K–12 and/or college students who do not already have internet through the company. Optional in-home Wi-Fi service at $5/month.

T-Mobile

Within the next 60 days, current customers will have unlimited smartphone data (excluding roaming), an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot / tethering service, and extra free data up to 5GB of data per month. Increasing the data allowance for free to schools and students using our EmpowerED digital learning programs to ensure each participant has access to at least 20GB of data per month.

Sprint

Sprint made general announcements that for the next 60 days there will be no disconnects or late fees. Other deals available are:

  • Complimentary international calling rates from the U.S. to countries defined by the CDC as Level 3
  • Metered data plans receive unlimited data for 60 days and an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot data per month for 60 days

Verizon

Verizon is not charging late fees and terminations of service until 5/13/20. All Activation and Upgrade Fees are being waived if they were purchased from My Verizon Online, Telesales, Customer Service, Chat, or Authorized Retailers. Free International Calling will be offered to countries identified by the CDC as Level 3.

Century Link

Century Link has waived late fees and terminations of services to residential or small businesses for the next 60 days. All data usage limits are being suspended for consumer customers as well.

Virtual Classroom Sites

Google

Google is allowing G Suite for Education customers to use the Hangouts Meet premium functionality for free through July 1. Groups can host virtual meetings, including live stream and recording capability.

ZOOM / Clever

ZOOM/Clever are partnering together to provide a premium video conferencing experience, completely free to all districts experiencing school closures. If your district is closed, or planning for a closure, you can request a free Zoom account for your district by filling out the form linked here. Zoom accounts set up through Clever can help teachers conduct online classes with these features:

  • No time limit on class sessions
  • Single sign-on via your Clever Portal
  • Support for PCs, Macs, Chromebooks, iPads, Android phones & iPhones

Adobe

Adobe is giving at-home access to Creative Cloud through May 31, 2020, for schools and colleges who currently have only lab access for students, at no additional cost.

Affinity

Affinity is offering a free 90-day trial of the entire Affinity suite, 50% to those who would prefer to purchase Affinity and a pledge to engage more than 100 freelance creatives for work.

Flipgrid

Flipgrid is 100% free for all educators, learners, and families. Engage and empower every voice in your classroom or at home by recording and sharing short, awesome videos together!

OTIS for Educators

OTIS is offering free professional development for educators and teachers and they have a series of webinars for Remote learning. This includes, but not limited to SMART Learning Suite Online, Google, and Microsoft Teams.

The LEGO Foundation

The LEGO Foundation is offering The Playline, which allows virtual educator meet-ups, and live programming via ZOOM with ways to keep young learners engaged and educators connected!

Monique Burr Foundation

Monique Burr Foundation is a nonprofit that offers in person child protection and child advocacy trainings across the State of Florida. In order to accommodate during these times, these training programs are being offered as live streams or recorded sessions for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year.

Newslea

From now until the end of the school year, any teacher that needs it can freely access Newsela’s full suite of products to assist with their learning continuity plans. We’re also offering frequent professional learning resources to help them develop their mastery of distance learning techniques.

Team+

The Team+ System offers you and your students a free step-by-step team development process to support your group projects. A complete online group learning platform, Team+ supports "teamwork from a distance" with a highly structured process that creates synergy among students and optimizes team performance. Team+ includes self-assessments, peer evaluations, and team building activities that develop soft skills, reduce team conflict, increase collaboration, and encourage participation from all team members.

Resources for Understanding COVID-19

PBS

Click here to see math behind what makes pandemics like COVID-19 spread like wildfire, and how significant measures in the early days–before most of us know anyone who's sick–could make all the difference. Stay calm, stay cautious, and listen to doctors and scientists.

Centers For Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is offering an interim list of Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations for facilities of those who have had suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19. This resource outlines recommendations of how and when to clean and disinfect surfaces, what Personal Protective Equipment to wear and other considerations employers should be aware of. To access the list of guidelines, click here.

Scholastic

Click here for resources to help provide age-appropriate lessons to inform students about the spread of COVID-10 and to help ease their fears.

ChatterHigh

ChatterHigh has created online Mental Health and Florida COVID-19 Awareness and Prevention modules to better inform and guide students and educators.

Discovery Education

Discovery Education created a Viruses and Outbreak Channel on their Discovery Education Experience for educators to have access to digital content to discuss and inform their students about COVID-19.

ExcelinEd

ExcelinEd has created a State-by-State snapshot of actions that are taking place in each state education system to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Click here for access to the map.

Meet The Helpers

Meet The Helpers offers several videos to support parents on how to inform their kids about the cause and prevention of COVID-19, as well as age appropriate videos for children to learn more about the virus.

Scholastic

Click here for resources to help provide age-appropriate lessons to inform students about the spread of COVID-10 and to help ease their fears.

Instruction Partners

The COVID-19 Schools Resource Hub provides school and system leaders a starting point to support student care and continued learning during extended school closures. You’ll find nine categories of tools and resources, with an acknowledgement that some areas are outside of our organizational expertise but critical to supporting students and staff. We will continue to update this website daily.