Making Virtual Learning Easier

NAESP Strategic Partners offer trusted resources to help principals navigate a new world of digital learning.

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Communicator
April 2020, Volume 43, Issue 8

Access to eBooks: Follett eLearning is providing free access to eBooks from Lightbox and AV2 World languages through June 30, 2020. Lightbox offers more than 1,000 titles in science, social studies, language arts, math, and more. AV2 World Languages features high-interest titles in 10 languages with full audio support. Parents and students will find these resources interactive, easy to use and a great way for students to independently explore a new topic. Register now.

Sara’s Music Room: YMCA is providing engaging and enriching resources like Sara’s Music Room to support parents while they’re helping their kids learn at home. You can find Sara’s Music Room, a 20-minute music class, every Tuesday and Thursday at 1 p.m. ET on the YMCA Twitter and Facebook channels.

SmileSafe Cards and Online Safety: Lifetouch has partnered with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for more than 10 years to help keep children safe. With schools shifting to distance learning, the center’s Into the Cloud animated web series is a great resource for parents to use to teach children about online safety. Plus, the two groups have joined forces to offer SmileSafe photo IDs for free to Lifetouch schools.

Rural Child Hunger Summit: No Kid Hungry went virtual with its Rural Child Hunger Summit. The programming highlighted the effects of COVID-19 on child nutrition programs, especially in rural communities; structural and historic racial inequities that are at play that perpetuate hunger and poverty, finding solutions to hunger while addressing COVID-19, the role of health care in feeding children during public health emergencies, and more. These resources are available for free on the No Kid Hungry website.

Resources for Teachers and Families: Coronavirus has closed schools across the country. Right now, teachers need to get supplies in the hands of students at home to keep them learning, especially in our country’s highest-need communities. DonorsChoose helps get these supplies to those who need them with their Coronavirus Relief: Keep Kids Learning initiative.

Digital Equity: A major issue to arise from the coronavirus crisis is ensuring digital equity during virtual learning. Comcast Internet Essentials offers an easy, affordable way to for low-income families to get internet access—including two months of free service in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Lower Student Loans: GotZoom has helped many educators reduce their student loan burden by over 65 percent. And now the recently passed CARES Act introduces even more potential savings, with payments on certain federal loans being suspended and interest being waived until Sept. 30, 2020.

We’ll keep our Strategic Partner resources up-to-date on the NAESP COVID-19 Resources page.

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