Summer Free Resources for Families & Teachers


Free Summer Resources for Families and Teachers

As Florida continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and while students are at home during their summer break, 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 to combat the “summer slide” and prepare for the re-opening of schools in fall 2020.

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All K12 - Resources

Florida Department of Education

This document was prepared by the subject area specialists from the Bureau of Standards and Instructional Support (BSIS) at the Florida Department of Education to provide a list of some of the resources available online to consider during disruptions to daily brick and mortar instruction.

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.

CHARACTER COUNTS!

CHARACTER COUNTS! is providing free online character development resources for parents and educators that are age specific for elementary, middle school, and high school. The online lesson plans include a search function by grade level and topical focus. These lesson plans help teachers continue developing the character of their students, while also providing simple writing prompts and other online activities. The Family Guides are available for grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Family Guides are a great resource to share with families who are in need of learning activities to do with their students while at home.

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.

WFSU Public Media

WFSU Public Media is partnering with PBS Learning Media to provide links to free videos, lessons, interactives and tools to help keep your children learning while at home. All resources are FREE and aligned to Florida standards.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

University of Florida Lastinger Center

As innovators in technology-based educational supports, the Lastinger Center at the University of Florida has a suite of free and readily available online resources for students, educators and caregivers. These distance learning resources cover a variety of subject areas for all grades including math, literacy, social emotional well-being, and virtual instruction.

WFSU Public Media

WFSU Public Media is partnering with PBS Learning Media to provide links to free videos, lessons, interactives and tools to help keep your children learning while at home. All resources are FREE and aligned to Florida standards.

All K12 – Literacy Resources

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.

CommonLit

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

Florida Electronic Library

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

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress offers online resources with unlimited opportunities to discover something new for families, educators, researchers and anyone curious enough to join. Below are a few highlighted programs the Library of Congress if offering:

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.

Storyline Online

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

All K12 – Special Areas (Art, P.E., Music)

BeepBox

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

Diamond Piano Method

Diamond Family Piano Academy is offering an entire free curriculum to help students to continue to learn about music. Go to DiamondPiano.com and click the login button in the upper right-hand corner. Login as a student with the username FreeStudent and a password of UseFree1. (Be sure to make the username and password one word and to get the capital letters in there.) Go to DiamondPiano.com and click “join our online academy”. Follow the steps to create an administrative and then student account in Diamond Piano’s online academy. Be sure to use the coupon code FREEMONTH when creating your administrative account.

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.

Pencil Madness

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

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.

Elementary – English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics

Amplify

Amplify has offered free access to their resources including Amplify CKLA, Amplify Science, Amplify ELA, Amplify Reading, K-2 Read Alouds for Amplify CKLA and Amplify ELA (6-8).

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.

eSpark Learning

eSpark offers free targeted instruction in reading and math for K-5 students based on their current needs.

Family Math Card Game Booklet

Math Card Game Book is designed to help children ages Pre-K to Grade 2 learn important math skills using only a regular deck of playing cards. The booklet may be particularly helpful in the current situation when so many parents are required to home school their children. The booklet was developed in a three-year research project at the Boston College Lynch School of Education, funded by the Heising-Simons Foundation, awarded to Beth Casey, Ph.D. and Eric Dearing, Ph.D., Boston College Professors. The Family Math Games Booklet is offered free of charge and linked here.

Family Friendly Schools

Family Friendly Schools is offering free downloadable activities and books for English-Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies at each grade level preschool-grade 8. These activities are things parents can do at home with their kids and they are matched to what would be taught at that grade level.

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. Click here for a listing of at-home learning programming supplied through local PBS stations (PDF).

Florida Power and Light Company

The Florida Power and Light Company has created the Changing the Current curriculum, providing free supplemental curriculum in Science, Languages Arts and Math for 4th, 5th and 6th grade educators that align with the Next Generation Science Sunshine State Standards. These cross-curriculum materials provide robust content for topics that are often challenging to teach and allow students to have a deeper understanding of all types of energy.

Flyleaf Publishing

Flyleaf Publishing offers a free resource to help facilitate online reading instruction and learning during this challenging time of school closures due to the Coronavirus outbreak. There are two areas of the site, one for Students and one for Instructors.

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.

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.

Hand2Mind

Hand2mind has created free access to K-5 lessons for math/science/literacy content for five days a week instruction.

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.

Learning Without Tears

Learning Without Tears can help teachers and families continue their student’s handwriting (cursive and print), keyboarding, and pre-kindergarten development from a distance. In addition to digital instruction, our resources also include At-Home Learning Packets which provide materials for use during school closures regardless of children’s access to a device or the internet. They are available by grade, and in English and Spanish.

Voyager Sopris Learning

Voyager Sopris Learning is offering complimentary resources to students and families as virtual curriculum. VmathLive provides a stimulating online, independent learning component that helps students apply math skills in a fun, interactive environment for grades K-8. Step Up to Writing provides various strategies that support Informative/Explanatory Writing with video tips and accompanying activities appropriate for students in each grade band from K–12.

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.

Elementary – Science and STEM

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.

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.

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.

Dyson

Dyson created 44 engineering and science activities for children in the form of YouTube videos and downloadable Challenge Cards.

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!

Florida Power and Light Company

The Florida Power and Light Company has created the Changing the Current curriculum, providing free supplemental curriculum in Science, Languages Arts and Math for 4th, 5th and 6th grade educators that align with the Next Generation Science Sunshine State Standards. These cross-curriculum materials provide robust content for topics that are often challenging to teach and allow students to have a deeper understanding of all types of energy.

Hand2Mind

Hand2mind has created free access to K-5 lessons for math/science/literacy content for five days a week instruction.

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 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.

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.

Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an environmental education program that engages children in learning—both outside and indoors. Try these (free!) PLT family activities that you can do at home—both inside and close-by in a safe space outside—to keep kids engaged through active participation as they learn about nature. Activities are suitable for children ages 3—15 years; some activities are work better for younger children, others are more suited for older children.

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/learnathome. Click 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.

Tynker

Tynker teaches kids to code with block-based and text-based programming courses and activities. Educators can sign up for free access to the complete Tynker School PreK-12 curriculum. Parents and kids learning from home can access Tynker's premium coding program, Tynker for Home, for free during school closures.

WeatherSTEM

WeatherSTEM project has created a vast amount of high quality weather education resources that are all aligned to our state’s education standards.

Elementary – Social Studies

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.

The Florida Historical Society

The Florida Historical Society is offering free access to their Florida Frontiers archive, each episode focusing on an aspect of Florida history and culture. New episodes are added approximately every eight weeks, but as of April 3, 2020 there are 35+ episodes offered on their website.

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. Offering daily live constitutional conversations for middle school, high school, and college students, available through Zoom, and accessible on home computer, laptop, or phone.

Middle and High School – English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics

Adaptive Curriculum

Adaptive Curriculum is offering free access to its interactive Math & Science library during school closures made for students grades 6-12.

Amplify

Amplify has offered free access to their resources including Amplify CKLA, Amplify Science, Amplify ELA, Amplify Reading, Amplify ELA (6-8).

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.

Family Friendly Schools

Family Friendly Schools is offering free downloadable activities and books for English-Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies at each grade level preschool-grade 8. These activities are things parents can do at home with their kids and they are matched to what would be taught at that grade level.

Finance Your Future

These online courses strive to be a comprehensive, yet simple overview of various financial topics like banking, budgeting and saving, credit and debt, insurance and financial frauds and scams. These courses are designed for middle and high school students as well as parents, teachers and other adults. This program is approved by the Department of Education as meeting the Financial literacy standards and contains modules, assessments and an instructor portal to assist teachers with implementation of this program.

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.

The Get It Guide

The Get It Guide is a free math resource for students and families. Click here to learn more about The Get It Guide!

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. These courses will be available through August 31, 2020.

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.

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/.

Middle and High School – Science and STEM

Adaptive Curriculum

Adaptive Curriculum is offering free access to its interactive Math & Science library during school closures made for students grades 6-12.

Amplify

Amplify has offered free access to their resources including Amplify CKLA, Amplify Science, Amplify ELA, Amplify Reading, K-2 Read Alouds for Amplify CKLA and Amplify ELA (6-8).

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.

Family Friendly Schools

Family Friendly Schools is offering free downloadable activities and books for English-Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies at each grade level preschool-grade 8. These activities are things parents can do at home with their kids and they are matched to what would be taught at that grade level.

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. These courses will be available through August 31, 2020.

North America Scholastic Esports Federation

The North America Scholastic Esports Federation provides free scholastic esports curriculum, competitions, and professional development so that all students have the opportunity to use esports as a platform to acquire critical communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills needed to thrive in work and in life. Through a lens of diversity and equity, we use scholastic esports to engage students in STEM and STEAM careers and provide the professional tools and opportunities that are relevant to their passions and to their futures. Our curriculum is evidence-based, standards-aligned to CTE, NGSS, CASEL, ISTE and UC-approved, with over 15 CTE tracks. Learn more at NASEF.org, and learn how to start a free esports club with NASEF’s full support here

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.

Middle and High School – Social Studies

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. Offering daily live constitutional conversations for middle school, high school, and college students, available through Zoom, and accessible on home computer, laptop, or phone.

Family Friendly Schools

Family Friendly Schools is offering free downloadable activities and books for English-Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies at each grade level preschool-grade 8. These activities are things parents can do at home with their kids and they are matched to what would be taught at that grade level.

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.

Middle and High School – Test Prep

ACT Information

In response to uncertainty and school cancellations due to COVID19, ACT announced today it will offer a flexible schedule for summer 2020 test dates and test-at-home options for fall/winter 2020. As CDC and local guidelines for safety allow, ACT’s flexible scheduling offered throughout the months of June and July will provide students with reschedule options— without change fees—for June 13 to June 20 and for July 18 to July 25. Students may also make free test date changes from the June to the July national test date.

In addition to three previously planned fall/winter 2020 national test dates in September, October and December, ACT will also offer a remote proctoring option for the ACT test, allowing students to take the test at their home on a computer. ACT will launch the test-at-home option in late fall/early winter 2020 as part of its national testing program.

ACT’s new remote proctoring option builds upon the extensive research and development work that underpins the new online ACT test option, section retesting and super scoring enhancements that will be available at national test centers starting in September 2020.

ACT is committed to ensuring the new remote proctoring option is accessible, affordable and protects the longstanding integrity of the ACT test. Colleges across the country rely on ACT scores for decisions about admissions, scholarships, course placement and career guidance and academic advising practices. ACT will evaluate the remote proctoring solution as a possibility in the future for state and district testing programs and international administrations. More details about the remote proctoring option will be available in the coming weeks.

In addition to these new testing opportunities this summer, students will have multiple other chances to take the ACT this fall:

  • ACT will continue to offer fall testing for states and school districts across the U.S., as it has for the past four years.
  • Students can take the ACT on campuses of hundreds of participating colleges with the ACT On-Campus solution.
  • ACT will be offering its new individual section retest option this fall for those students who wish to retake only one portion of the exam.

During this difficult time, ACT is also providing free digital learning and workforce resources to assist students, teachers, schools and workers impacted by COVID-19.

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.

National Highway Safety Administration

The National Highway Safety Administration is offering an online driver education course to Florida school districts at no charge for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, waiving any and all fees for student completions through August 15th, 2020. This allows students to meet the Florida state-mandated online graduation requirement. They are covering the cost charged by FLHSMV for both the TLSAE (Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education) and Permit Test, which are required elements to obtain a driver’s license in Florida, for all students during this period as a donation to help our students and school community.

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.

June SAT and SAT Subject Test Administration

To keep students safe, and in alignment with public health guidance and school closures across 192 countries, College Board will not be able to administer the SAT or SAT Subject Tests on June 6, 2020. Students can transfer their June registration to a 2020-21 administration in late May when registration opens for 2020-21 test dates.

Future SAT Administrations, Including September 26

If it's safe from a public health standpoint, College Board will provide weekend SAT administrations every month through the end of the calendar year, beginning in August. This includes a new administration on September 26.

Fall 2020 SAT Dates

  • August 29
  • September 26
  • October 3
  • November 7
  • December 5

Students can register for these administrations starting in May. We’ll contact students directly during the week of May 26 to provide an exact date. Eligible students can register with a fee waiver.

For each administration, we’re preparing to significantly expand our capacity for students to take the SAT once schools reopen. We’re calling on our member schools and colleges, as well as local communities, to provide additional test center capacity so every student who wants to take the SAT can do so.

Students can get early access to register for August, September, and October if they’re:

  • Already registered for June
  • In the high school class of 2021 and don’t have SAT scores

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!

Middle and High School – Secondary and Post-Secondary Career and Technical Education (CTE)

CoAEMSP

The Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) understands that institutions, program directors, medical directors, faculty, and State Offices of EMS are working diligently to find ways to continue the education of students during this extraordinary time. The CoAEMSP continues to find alternative pathways to assure excellence in education while maintaining compliance with the CAAHEP Standards. Read the full update here.

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.

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:

North America Scholastic Esports Federation

The North America Scholastic Esports Federation provides free scholastic esports curriculum, competitions, and professional development so that all students have the opportunity to use esports as a platform to acquire critical communication, collaboration, and problem-solving skills needed to thrive in work and in life. Through a lens of diversity and equity, we use scholastic esports to engage students in STEM and STEAM careers and provide the professional tools and opportunities that are relevant to their passions and to their futures. Our curriculum is evidence-based, standards-aligned to CTE, NGSS, CASEL, ISTE and UC-approved, with over 15 CTE tracks. Learn more at NASEF.org, and learn how to start a free esports club with NASEF’s full support here

Health - General

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.

GoNoodle

Provides free Exercise and Mindfulness videos for children.

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!

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.

Health – COVID-19

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.

ChatterHigh

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

Committee for Children

Committee for Children developed a host of social-emotional resources to help children cope with the events associated with the coronavirus; these resources are intended for educators and families and offer free learning activities for young people ages 5-13, adaptable for remote learning or for families to do with their children.

Coronavirus and Me - Storybook

Patrick Barney wrote and illustrated Coronavirus and Me, an activity book with a story, mazes, word searches, and color-in pages that is free to the public until June 2020.

Crisis Prevention Institute

Crisis Prevention Institute shares proven verbal de-escalation tips during time of increased tension across U.S. and world. Click HERE for a detailed list of resources and tips of how to reduce anxiety and stress during a heightened situation.

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.

Florida Atlantic University High School

To find more information about COVID-19 through FAU click here.

 

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.

LobbyTools Local and State COVID-19 Responses and Orders

LobbyTools has compiled a database of state and local government responses to the COVID-19 crisis. This is a public list, and we encourage sharing this link with friends and family.

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.

Nearpod

Nearpod is offering online lessons for students to stay informed about COVID-19 and how to manage stress.

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.

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.

 

Tobacco Free Florida

Tobacco Free Florida has new materials available to educate the public on the impact of smoking to people who become infected with COVID-19. Click here to learn more about Tobacco Free Florida.

U.S. Department of Education (DOE)

The White House, the Department of Education, and other federal agencies continue to release and update a significant amount of guidance to support schools, educators, and families regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus). For updated information, please visit Coronavirus.gov, CDC.gov/coronavirus, and USA.gov/coronavirus.
For education-related information, the Department has established a dedicated Coronavirus webpage (ed.gov/coronavirus), which includes resources for institutions of higher education and for K-12. This information is continually updated so please check back for the latest.

The Department has provided additional information for families and communities including:

The Department will continue to update its website, ed.gov/coronavirus. Please direct education related questions to COVID-19@ed.gov.

Health - Mental

American Psychological Association

The American Psychological Association has provided resources and information for the public including self-care resources, behavioral and public health, parenting and care giving and stress, anxiety and grief.

Florida Department of Children and Families

The Florida Department of Children and Families Substance Abuse and Mental Health has created a resource to Find Local Services by county in the State of Florida. You can click on a drop down menu and select the county of residence- this will take you to a page with resources such as the managing entity, the CAT team, FACT team and mobile response team.

Florida Department of Health

The Florida Department of Health has compiled a list of resources for supporting the mental and emotional health needs of children and families before, during, and after a disaster.

Money & Mental Health – Practical Financial Skills to Manage Money

Finty has created a guide focusing on how financial debt and money worries impact people’s mental health, the importance of practical financial skills and how it helps with mental health, including expert advice on combating debt, knowing why people overspend, and how to manage the effects of money pressures, as well as practical and useful tips and advice such as how to do a budget, analyzing spending habits, where to save on household expenses, and how to deal with debt, and how to make money management a habit.

Move This World

Families across Florida will have free online access to social emotional learning (SEL) resources through Move This World. A provider of social emotional learning curriculum for PreK-12, Move This World has built out a specialized SEL Summer Series to help families continue to prioritize children’s wellbeing throughout the summer. There is also a specific section regarding COVID-19 response here.

QuaverEd SEL PK-5 

No matter how, or where, school starts - QuaverEd SEL resources are available for all Florida educators through December 31, 2020. Resources support learning and engagement for grades PK-5 in the traditional-school setting, virtual or hybrid models. The timely 4 week back-to-school scope and sequence is easy-to-follow and implement. Educators can also explore all lessons and modules in this CASEL and ASCA aligned curriculum resources. Learn more and create your account here.

Southern Region Educational Board

The Southern Region Educational Board is dedicated to helping educators and policy leaders work through the challenges from COVID-19, sharing resources to continue to deliver teaching and learning, from elementary through graduate school. They have compiled a multitude of state and national resources, some of which is targeted for school counseling and mental health.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is providing guidance and resources to assist individuals, providers, communities, and states across the country, including media guidelines to prevent bullying.

Special Populations – English Language Learners

Achieve3000

Achieve3000 está abriendo el acceso a sus soluciones de aprendizaje en línea de eficacia comprobada para educadores, estudiantes y padres. Hay soluciones disponibles para estudiantes en grados PreK-12 con y sin acceso a internet, y también para aquellos que necesitan contenido en español.

The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR)

The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) Covid-19 page provides links to multilingual resources to help families talk to their children about the coronavirus. They have updated and reorganized this page to include additional resources, including a list of resources that are available in other languages.

Colorín Colorado

Colorín Colorado provides a broad range of information and resources to support English learners during school closures, including advice for families of English learners and for educators to help schools and communities partner more effectively with multilingual families. The website is available in both English and Spanish. Fact sheets in multiple languages are also available.

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.

Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium(MAEC)

MAEC curated a list of resources for teachers to address students’ language learning needs, provide instruction online, and ensure equity for English learners during COVID-19 school closures. MAEC also curated information and resources for parents to help children with language learning needs.

The National Association of English Learner Program Administrators (NAELPA)

NAELPA Executive Board is collecting resources on online instruction for educators working with ELs. Resources include guidance from USED, consortia and national associations, and other distance learning resources. The site will be continually updated as new information and resources become available.

The National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL)

NNELL compiled free resources and platforms for early language learning, with resources applicable to multiple languages.

Reading Tips for Parents in Multiple Languages

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

TESOL

TESOL is compiling resources and information for schools and teachers serving English Learners, including articles, information sheets, and strategies for virtual instruction. The hub also includes equity considerations for schools and districts along with resources for dealing with coronavirus-related racism and xenophobia.

TNTP

TNTP developed guidance to support multilingual learners and English learners with distance education during Covid-19 related school closures. The document provides a list of tech tools and resources for teachers and families to promote students’ continued literacy and language development. Materials are categorized by English Language Proficiency level and grade level and include guidance on their use.

Translation Services

Translation Services has translated COVID-19 prevention fliers into 30+ languages so they're available to people around the world.

WIDA

WIDA released guidance on opportunities and challenges of teaching multilingual learners in online environments based on the 2019 WIDA Guiding Principles of English Learning. The guidance includes resources and recommendations for teachers of multilingual learners. For families of young children ages 2-7 years, WIDA Early Years also has developed two free, downloadable activity booklets in both English and Spanish.

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

Elementary

Middle/High School

ELL Organization Support

Learning Other Languages

Special Populations – Recursos en español

Achieve3000

Achieve3000 está abriendo el acceso a sus soluciones de aprendizaje en línea de eficacia comprobada para educadores, estudiantes y padres. Hay soluciones disponibles para estudiantes en grados PreK-12 con y sin acceso a internet, y también para aquellos que necesitan contenido en español.

Consejo de Directores de Oficiales Escolares Estatales (CCSSO)

Si está buscando por recursos educativos para compartir con los padres y familias en sus estados, Learning Heroes y GreatSchools.org organizaron un seminario web esta semana, Supporting Learning at Home, que destacó los recursos sociales, emocionales y académicos digitales e impresos gratuitos disponibles para padres y maestros, incluyendo The Learning Hero Roadmap y herramientas de aprendizaje grado por grado, tanto en inglés como en español. Para una lista de recursos, haga clic aquí.

Ellevation aprendizaje a distancia

Ellevation Education ha desarrollado actividades gratuitas basadas en la investigación en inglés y español para apoyar a los aprendices de inglés K-12 en un entorno de aprendizaje a distancia. Este recurso también incluye videos, podcasts y recursos adicionales para ayudar a los educadores EL ha mantenerse informados e inspirados.

Florida Blue y New Directions Behavioral Health

Florida Blue y New Directions Behavioral Health se han unido para ofrecer una línea directa para ayudar a los floridanos a lidiar con su ansiedad por la crisis de COVID-19. Los consejeros de salud conductual especialmente capacitados contestarán el teléfono 24 horas al día y ofrecerán asistencia en inglés y español. Para recibir asistencia, por favor llame al 833-848-1762.

 

Recursos para estudiantes del idioma inglés (ELL)

La Asociación Nacional de Administradores del Programa de Aprendices de Inglés (NAELPA)

La Junta Ejecutiva de NAELPA está recopilando recursos sobre instrucción en línea para educadores que trabajan con EL. Los recursos incluyen orientación de USED, consorcios y asociaciones nacionales, y otros recursos de aprendizaje a distancia. El sitio se actualizará continuamente a medida que haya nueva información y recursos disponibles.

Colorín Colorado

Colorín Colorado proporciona una amplia gama de información y recursos para apoyar a los aprendices de inglés durante el cierre de las escuelas, incluyendo consejos para familias de aprendices de inglés y educadores para ayudar a las escuelas y comunidades a asociarse más eficazmente con familias multilingües. El sitio web está disponible en inglés y español. Hojas informativas en varios idiomas también están disponibles.

El Centro de Información y Recursos para Padres (CPIR)

La página COVID-19 del Centro de Información y Recursos para Padres (CPIR) proporciona enlaces a recursos plurilingües para ayudar a las familias hablar con sus niños sobre el coronavirus. Han actualizado y reorganizado esta página para incluir recursos adicionales, incluyendo una lista de recursos que están disponibles en otros idiomas.

Escuela de Graduados de Educación de la Universidad de Stanford

La Escuela de Graduados de la Universidad de Stanford publicó cursos en línea gratuitos para educadores de EL (hasta el 30 de junio de 2020). Los cursos se centran en “mejorar la capacidad de educadores (maestros, entrenadores de instrucción y administradores) a planificar, implementar y reflexionar sobre lecciones de alto desafío/ alto apoyo que simultáneamente desarrollan la comprensión del contenido de sus estudiantes, el uso académico del lenguaje y las habilidades analíticas.”

Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium(MAEC)

MAEC seleccionó una lista de recursos para que los maestros aborden las necesidades de aprendizaje de idiomas de sus estudiantes, brinden instrucción en línea y garanticen la equidad para los aprendices de inglés durante el cierre de las escuelas de COVID-19. MAEC también seleccionó información y recursos para padres para ayudar a sus niños con necesidades de aprendizaje de idiomas.

La Red Nacional para el Aprendizaje Temprano de Idiomas (NNELL)

La NNELL compiló recursos y plataformas gratuitos para el aprendizaje temprano de idiomas, con recursos aplicables disponibles en varios idiomas.

TESOL

TESOL está compilando recursos e información para escuelas y maestros que sirven a los aprendices de inglés, incluyendo artículos, hojas de información y estrategias de instrucción virtual. El centro también incluye consideraciones de equidad para escuelas y distritos junto con recursos para tratar el racismo y la xenofobia relacionados con el coronavirus.

TNTP

TNTP desarrolló una guía para apoyar a estudiantes multilingües y aprendices de inglés con educación a distancia durante el cierre de escuelas relacionadas con el COVID-19. El documento proporciona una lista de herramientas y recursos tecnológicos para que los maestros y familias promuevan el desarrollo continuo de la alfabetización y el lenguaje de los estudiantes. Los materiales se clasifican por el nivel de dominio del idioma inglés y nivel de grado e incluyen orientación sobre su uso.

WIDA

WIDA publicó una guía sobre las oportunidades y desafíos de enseñar a los estudiantes multilingües en entornos en línea basados en los Principios Rectores del Aprendizaje de Inglés de WIDA 2019. La guía incluye recursos y recomendaciones para maestros de estudiantes multilingües. Para las familias de niños pequeños de 2 a 7 años, WIDA Early Years también ha desarrollado dos folletos de actividades descargables gratuitos en inglés y español.

A continuación hay una lista de recursos por nivel de grado específico para ELL.

Primaria

Escuela intermedia/secundaria

ELL Organization Support

Learning Other Languages

Special Populations – Students with Disabilities

Microsoft

Resources to offer accessibility, special education, and online learning: supporting equity in a remote learning environment.

Product Diggers

Product Diggers has published an extensive guide on Designing the Perfect Home Playroom for Children with Autism which has helpful information and tips on how to design an ideal play space in your home for children with autism. Click here to learn more about Product Diggers!

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.

General Resources

250+ Educational Content on Netflix

ScreenBinge blog site includes more than 250 latest Educational content with proper descriptions, IMDB ratings and visuals.

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.

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.

Florida Prepaid

The Florida Prepaid College Board announced it is deferring payment due dates for current and new Prepaid Plan customers to provide financial relief for families impacted by COVID-19. New customers will not have to make their first payment until July 20, 2020. Current customers will have their next payment due date moved to July 20, 2020. The $50 application fee can also be waived using the code: EDU1920

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.

Great Lakes Equity Center

Great Lakes Equity Center has cultivated a list of resources for educators, parents and students to provide support through online distance learning.

Here For You: Free Tutoring

Here For You: Free Tutoring is providing FREE online tutoring for students K-12. The goal of this initiative is to help students, educators, and families through this difficult time and beyond without the burden of cost. All of the tutors are undergraduate college students who are passionate about helping students succeed and helping out families and educators. Along with assistance in classes, we also provide lessons on specific subjects upon request, and ACT and SAT tutoring. To learn more about our mission and team, please visit our Facebook page linked here.

KidsActivities.com

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

Learn With Us!

As schools have gone online as a result of the pandemic, we as students want to continue the journey of learning for ourselves and others. Our primary aim is to help as many students as we can, and at the same time offer relief to parents who are multitasking with working from home and managing their children’s learning. We offer free online group sessions and personalized individual tutoring sessions that will keep young students engaged in learning.

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.

General Resources - Internet

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.

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.

General – College Resources

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.

U.S. Department of Education

On April 9, 2020, Secretary DeVos announced in a press release more than $6 billion will be distributed to colleges and universities to provide direct emergency cash grants to college students whose lives and educations have been disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak. Click here to read the USDOE press release in full.

General Resources - Food

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 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.

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.

USDA

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a series of flexibilities to make it easier for children, seniors, and individuals with disabilities to get food during the COVID-19 national emergency and remove administrative roadblocks for the dedicated local staff who serve them. USDA is now allowing states to permit parents or guardians to take meals home to their children. It has also issued waivers on the times meals may be served (to make meal pick-up easier), the requirement that meals be served in group settings (to support non-congregate social distancing), and the requirement that afterschool meals and snacks served through certain programs be accompanied by educational activities (to minimize exposure to the novel coronavirus).

Rural Development (RD) has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Opportunities for immediate relief are being offered by the RD Guaranteed Loan Program, the Rural Housing Service, the Rural Utilities Service and the Rural Business-Cooperative Service.

RD has also announced deadlines for upcoming Community Facilities and Distance Learning

USDA Rural Development has launched a COVID-19 resource page to keep our customers, partners, and stakeholders continuously updated on actions taken by the Agency to help rural residents, businesses, and communities impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit https://www.rd.usda.gov/coronavirus for information on Rural Development loan payment assistance, application deadline extensions, and more.

USDA warns SNAP recipients to be on the lookout for potential scammers using the COVID-19 situation to steal personal information. USDA is issuing this warning after receiving reports of several possible SNAP fraud attempts.