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Virtual Learning Resources

Teach For America Teacher Resource Hub - Virtual Learning

Summer is upon us and for many this summer is going to feel radically different. Whether you’re taking a much needed break from the classroom or sticking around to hone your skills, check out these resources to envision the best school year ever.

Virtual Learning Resources

  • The NACA Inspired school network has recently created a hub of Native literature and lesson plans to utilize in Indigenous communities. Check out the Resources here.
  • Secondary Humanities teachers, check out The Financial Times, a newspaper focused on business, the economy, and current events. The paper offers free online subscriptions to students aged 16-19, their teachers, and schools around the world. More info about how to enroll is here.
  • All K-8 math teachers: Check out this great resource on developing effective fractions instruction.
  • Canva is providing Teach for America teachers a free Canva Pro account. The subscription gives you access to 420,000+ templates, 75 million+ premium stock photos, videos and graphics for presentations, classroom decorations, worksheets, lesson plans and more. Claim your account today, and check out some of the pre-made templates curated by Canva.
  • Communicating with family is vital to building a community of trust and support. That is why commonsense.org has curated a list of apps and websites for improving Parent-Teacher communication.
  • Remote Learning will continue to be a part of our 21st century education system. We've put together a short guide with 5 strong strategies to lead classrooms in this new 21st century reality.
  • The Mark Cuban Foundation works with local businesses to host A.I. bootcamps with high school students across the country. Thes in-person workshops take place in 10 different TFA regions. Check out this one-pager and encourage your students to apply by August 20th.
  • Calling all teachers! 3M’s new Science at Home program features free experiments for ages 6-12 that reinforce NGSS-aligned STEM concepts from any learning environment. Check out the website and take the survey to get everything you need for free!
  • STEM and CS Teachers: check out IBM’s Open P-Tech digital resources, a free suite of resources that include videos, gamified assessments, and industry-recognized digital badges on topics like artificial intelligence, data science, design thinking, blockchain, and more.
  • Discover free, action-oriented strategies to implement blended and personalized learning from The Learning Accelerator. Whether you’re a teacher or school leader you will find targeted resources and insights from schools implementing various blended learning models across the country. 
  • 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.
  • StoryCorps DIY is a collection of multimedia resources for educators, libraries, and nonprofit organizations who want to embed StoryCorps practices into their classrooms and communities. 
  • Listen to podcasts from High Tech High to learn about “how good ideas can improve schools."
  • 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, building a strong new school year, building a growth mindset, and more. Recent “replays” of webinars in case you missed a topic. You can also find supports if you are curious about National Board Certification.
  • 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.
  • The Adobe Distance Learning Resources on the Adobe Education Exchange provide learning opportunities and resources for educators who are engaging with remote student learning.
  • 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 
  • SeeSaw​ is a free virtual learning platform that can integrate with Google Classroom and comes with an activity library teachers can use to assign activities to their class as well as the opportunity to create your own.  It allows students the choices in what media they use to respond or engage with problems and assignments and has home-communication built in.
  • Check out this Family Guide to Distance Learning (Family Guide in Spanish) created in partnership between the Center for Public Research and Leadership with Columbia University.
  • A few resources from our teachers from around the globe:

Leadership Acceleration Resources

Our partners at the We Are All Human Foundation have put together a tool-kit to help you elevate Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM). The tool-kit includes data, social media tools, and campaign tools to help bring a bolder HHM in your school, district, and/or community.

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.