A+ Resources for Educators During COVID-19

Classroom Resources

Below is a compilation of resources to support educators as they work to provide creative and engaging learning experiences during the challenges of the pandemic.

A+ Schools LiveBinder
Among a wealth of resources for our A+ educators and administrators on the A+ Live Binder (Access Key: A+NCNetwork), you’ll find great ideas for continuing to integrate A+ practice regardless of the current learning environment. Especially check out these resources:

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

A+ Facebook Page
We are adding culled resources and A+ network news regularly. Make sure to like and follow us so you can easily view our most recent posts.
https://www.facebook.com/aplusnc

A+ Quick Links
A+ staff have collected, vetted and compiled various resources for educators into a single, dynamic Google document. The resources cover a variety of content areas and topics that can be used both 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 has provided a collection of virtual resources for educators, arts educators, students, and parents. Resources are appropriate for different instructional levels and ages, and many are useful for in-person and distance learning. Resources may be sorted by discipline, content, grade, or resource name. Please note: this is a dynamic and growing list.

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 in-person or remote arts integration? You can look for tips, activities, and full lesson plans by grade, subject, concepts, and keywords on the NCMA Educators site. You can also access all of the works of art in the NCMA collection as well as 10 integrated lesson plans that were created as a collaboration between A+ Schools of North Carolina and the NCMA.

Cult of Pedagogy
Listen as a podcast or read the content on the Cult of Pedagogy website which has articles and podcasts relevant to our current times. We recommend Teachers Are Just Barely Hanging On. Are you teaching remotely? Check out the four-part podcast Distance Learning: A Gently Curated Collection of Resources for Teachers.

Amazing Educational Resources
Find a wealth of offerings from this community of educators sharing resources and support, from math lessons to virtual field trips. There are more than 1,700 resources and growing.

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.

Avoiding Compassion Fatigue
This article from Lesley University, Six Ways for Educators to Avoid Compassion Fatigue, is particularly relevant in our current changing and challenging times. While the article is not pandemic-specific, the six steps, listed in brief below, are especially valuable now:

  1. Know what is yours to do. Separate what you wish you could do from what you know you can do.
  2. Let go of the result. When we loosen the grip on our ideas about the way things should be, we are much more open to new ideas and new ways of looking at things.
  3. Develop a self-care strategy. Creating a strategy for taking care of yourself is a necessary step in avoiding compassion fatigue.
  4. Create a strong network. Build a professional community of trusted colleagues with whom you can share your vision, fears, hopes, and successes.
  5. Be authentic. Showing up as your truest self is an invaluable gift to your students.
  6. Practice mindfulness. Even when practiced for just a few minutes every day, mindfulness meditation can lead to increased self-awareness, self-acceptance, greater empathy, closer connections, and an overall sense of well-being.

Coping with Stress During the Pandemic
Learning to cope with pandemic stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and those around you become more resilient. The CDC provides great information about coping with stress during the pandemic.