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Virtual Learning Resources

Teach For America Teacher Resource Hub - Virtual Learning

Discover resources to support your leadership toward academic and broader outcomes for students in a virtual setting.

Students deserve an excellent and equitable education virtually and in the classroom. Below, you'll find resources from across the network, including our TFA’s global network, to support your teacher leadership.

Virtual Learning Resources

  • Check out Black Lives Matter At School resources and events Feb 1-5, 2021.
  • Teach For America and the Relay Graduate School of Education have partnered to create a series of interactive trainings designed to provide teachers and school leaders with the tools and resources needed to lead effective and engaging online learning experiences. The trainings run from 2/16 through 3/2 and are free of charge. Sign up early, as waitlists will open once each session reaches capacity!
  • ISTE, International Society for Technology in Education, is offering TFA limited scholarships for their Online Teaching Academy, a fully virtual, self-paced professional development course that helps K-12 educators learn foundational principles for teaching online. You can review the complete syllabus here. This is a first-come, first-serve opportunity! Please be sure to notify us here of your interest as soon as possible, before February 26, for the opportunity to access this 15-hour program at no cost (normally $129). 
  • Ian Cohen (Metro Atlanta ’12) from the organization TARA is offering TFA alum and corps members a free ebook with 60 student engagement strategies. Use discount code TARAPARTNER at checkout.
  • Join STEM Ed Innovators for a workshop series aimed to #STEMtheDivide by leveraging student voice, cultivating shared and transformational authority, and encouraging critical STEM literacy. Learn more about the workshop offerings and register here.
  • While the next few months may be unpredictable, our commitment to anti-racist teacher leadership requires us to teach in solidarity with our students from marginalized communities, address divisive comments, and develop students’ critical thinking skills so they can create the future they imagine for themselves. The Supporting Our Students Before, During, and After Election 2020 Toolkit is our best effort to give you the resources to leverage when supporting our students before, during, and after Election Day.
  • Check out StoryCorps resources for educators to help your students create their own stories.
  • What are students saying about remote learning? Check out a podcast from the students at High Tech High called This Teenage Life for their honest thoughts.
  • Check out inclusivity best practices collected around the globe from Teach For All that can help in your distance learning environment.
  • TEDEd has a student TED Student Talks Program that supports students as they discover, explore, and present their big ideas. You can also check out the TEDEd blog that includes resources to help support online and in-person learning. 
  • New Leaders has created a Virtual Classroom Toolkit promoting equity in your virtual classroom. There are also resources on building community, partnering with families, organizing your classroom, planning for effective virtual instruction, and many more.
  • The National Board has opened up a variety of critical topic webinars to all educators. These topics include self-care for you and your students, virtual/distance learning topics such as classroom management and literacy, and recent “replays” of webinars n case you missed a topic. You can also find supports if you are curious about National Board Certification.
  • Check out a new report from Bellwether Education Partners on What Have We Learned About Remote Learning? that uncovers valuable findings for schools.
  • Need help teaching reading online? Check out the University of Florida’s Literacy Institute webinar series
  • TFA Alum Elena Aguilar’s (Bay Area 1995) new podcast, Bright Morning, features a coaching episode with a teacher seeking to fulfill his vision for a virtual classroom where students feel loved and accepted.
  • Explore High-Quality Remote Instruction curated pedagogy strategies from Transcend.
  • SeeSaw​ is a free virtual learning platform that can integrate with Google Classroom. It comes with an activity library teachers can use to assign activities to their class as well as the opportunity to create your own. SeeSaw also allows students to choose what media they use to respond or engage with problems and assignments and comes with robust home-communication built-in.
  • Learn with and from fellow teachers at TeachersConnect (sign up for a free account). 
  • Discover online educator courses in virtual learning through the Global Online Academy.
  • Find research about equitable virtual education frameworks, designs, and lessons learned in this piece: Special issue free access: A Response to Emergency Transitions to Remote Online Education
  • Explore resources on remote teaching from Success Academies
  • The Adobe Distance Learning Resources on the Adobe Education Exchange provide learning opportunities and resources for educators who are engaging with remote student learning.
  • A few resources from our teachers from around the globe:

Virtual Learning Curriculum Resources

Educational resources for students in PreK-12th grade

The Teacher Resource Hub is created to support communities and teachers. Many of the resources are links to external resources created by external organizations or individuals. The resources linked within have not been fully vetted, and their inclusion is not meant as an endorsement from Teach For America, nor is it meant to replace or confuse any guidance teachers receive from their districts, administrators, or employers. Ultimately, Teach For America corps members, alumni, and partners must adhere to the policies and guidance from their placement schools.