A+ Resources for Educators During COVID-19

Classroom Resources

A compilation of resources to support educators as they develop and provide virtual learning experiences .

A+ Schools LiveBinder:
Among a wealth of resources for our A+ educators and administrators, you’ll also find great ideas for continuing to integrate A+ practice virtually. Especially check out these resources:

  • Sample Lesson Plans Tab
  • Online Resources Tab
  • Arts Tab > Online Learning

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A+ Facebook Page:
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A+ Quick Links:
A+ staff is collecting, vetting and compiling various resources for educators into a single, dynamic Google document. The resources cover a variety of content areas and topics that can be used in the classroom and with distance learning. This document is updated regularly with relevant articles and activities to engage students and support educators. Access the A+ Quick Links here.

Arts Education Remote Learning Resources from NCDPI:
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Arts Education Section is providing a collection of virtual resources for educators, arts educators, students and parents. Resources are appropriate for different instructional levels and ages. Resources may be sorted by discipline, content, grade or resource name. Please note: this is a dynamic and growing list.

NC Remote Learning Resources and Information:
This evolving website includes instructional resources, online pedagogy considerations, resources for leadership and more. The site is updated frequently,.

Arts Instructional Resources from State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE):
Excellent collection of arts instructional resources compiled by the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education for enriching arts instruction virtually. The resources available on this page are continually being updated. Resources are categorized by discipline, and educators are invited to submit additional resources.

North Carolina Museum of Art:
Looking for ideas for remote learning? You can look for tips, activities and full lesson plans by grade, subject, concepts and keywords. A+ Schools of North Carolina offers 10 integrated lesson plans on this site that were created in collaboration with the NCMA.

Arts Education Partnership:
The Arts Education Partnership is collecting and sharing resources that can help arts and arts-in-education organizations shift to online platforms for telework situations, serve their constituents in new ways and care for their employees. In response to these requests, AEP has engaged their partners in sharing resources they’ve created and/or compiled that may be useful. Please note: these resources are not vetted.

Cult of Pedagogy:
Listen as a podcast or read the content on the website, this information is useful material for distance learning during COVID-19. Part 1 addresses the emotional and psychological aspects of online learning; Part 2 focuses on the logistics of distance learning; Part 3 shares tips and advice from teachers; Part 4 deals with troubleshooting and problem solving.

Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due to School Closings:
Find a wealth of free offerings, from math lessons to virtual field trips. Resources are being added daily.

Khan Academy Sample Virtual Learning Schedules:
These schedules, offered by grade level, have numerous embedded links for additional resources and ideas for virtual learning and are particularly useful for families.

Pedagogy in the Time of an Epidemic

Helpful steps and advice from Amy Young, Chair of Communication and Theatre at Pacific Lutheran University

1. Be kind to yourself and your students. Everyone is stressed, even if they’re playing cool. That includes faculty. And that’s OK.

2. Let’s acknowledge that the quality of education will not be as good in alternative formats as it is in the pedagogical model we’ve actually planned for. That’s OK as well—we’re just trying to survive.

3. Do not read on best practices for distance learning. That’s not the situation we’re in. We’re in triage. Distance learning, when planned, can be really excellent. That’s not what this is. Do what you absolutely have to and ditch what you can. Thinking you can manage best practices in a day or a week will lead to feeling like you’ve failed.

4. You will not recreate your classroom, and you cannot hold yourself to that standard. Moving a class to a distance learning model in a day’s time excludes the possibility of excellence. Give yourself a break.

5. Prioritize: what do students really need to know for the next few weeks? This is really difficult, and, once again, it means that the quality of teaching and learning will suffer. But these are not normal circumstances.

6. Stay in contact with students and stay transparent. Talk to them about why you’re prioritizing certain things or asking them to read or do certain things. Most of us do that in our face-to-face teaching anyway, and it improves student buy-in because they know content and delivery are purposeful.

7. Many universities have a considerable number of pedagogical experts on academic technology that we have only been dimly aware of until yesterday. Be kind to these colleagues. They are suddenly very slammed.

8. If you’re making videos, student viewership drops off precipitously at five minutes. Make them capsule videos if you make them. And consider uploading to YouTube because it transcribes for you. Do not assume your audio is good enough or that students can understand without transcription. This is like using a microphone at meetings—it doesn’t matter if you don’t need it; someone else does and they don’t want to ask. At the same time, of course, think about intellectual property and what you’re willing to release to a wide audience.

9. Make assignments lower or no-stakes if you’re using a new platform. Get students used to just using the platform. Then you can do something higher stakes. Do not ask students to do a high stakes exam or assignment on a new platform.

10. Be particularly kind to your graduating seniors. They're already panicking, and this isn't going to help. If you teach a class where they need to have completed something for certification, to apply to grad school, or whatever, figure out plan B. But talk to them. Radio silence, even if you're working, is not okay.

Managing Stress and Anxiety

Taking care of yourself, your friends and your family can help you cope with stress, and helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger. The CDC provides great information about how to manage stress and anxiety during the pandemic.