Coronavirus (COVID-19) Home Learning Resources

 

The Governor of Massachusetts has ordered all public and private schools must remain closed through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year to slow down the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. We are compiling home learning resources for families to support you and your children's education during this time. This page will be continuously updated.

 

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If you need home access to the internet:

 

If you need a computer:

 

If your child has an IEP and/or other special education needs:

  • The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has compiled a Family Resource Toolbox for families with children who have special education needs. This resource is available in 17 languages here.
  • Boston Public Schools (BPS) has created a resource page just for Special Education needs here.
  • The Massachusetts Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC) has created an open-access resource folder for Massachusetts educators in order to exchange educational resources. General education and special education teachers are encouraged to share resources through this online forum. For ease of use, MCEC has created individual folders by grade level, from preschool through secondary transition.
  • Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change (MAFOC) has organized MatchUs, a community-driven educator/related service provider and family response to support our students (and their families!) with disabilities/IEPs/support needs during this time of social distancing. If you need IEP support at home, please complete this form online (available in English and Spanish) to be matched with someone from MAFOC.
  • Understood.org has compiled several helpful resources for families.
  • The Oklahoma Parents Center has put together a one-page guide with Parent Tips for Virtual IEP Meetings (PDF file available in English only).

 

If your child is an English language learner (ELL):

  • Boston Public Schools (BPS) has created a resource page just for English language learner support here.
  • The New Teacher Project (TNTP) offers a PDF document of resources to support English language learners, including guidance, tech tools, and resources for continued literacy and language development for multilingual learners including printable worksheets, whether or not an adult is needed to complete the work, and how to access these resources.
  • Khan Academy: Available in 40 languages, Khan Academy has outlined support for parents and educators on how to use their resources during remote learning. Khan Academy is a free resource for students, teachers, and parents with a library of lessons covering kindergarten through early college math, grammar, science, and history, plus AP courses, SAT preparation, and more.
  • ColorinColorado: This bilingual website has compiled resources for educators and families of English learners.
  • Duolingo: For students to practice conversational English.
  • Immigrant Connections: From YouTube channels to multilingual reference guides, the site has compiled a comprehensive resource list to assist English learners and immigrant parents support the temporary home education of their children.
  • Listenwise: Supports listening comprehension with stories and non-fiction in English language arts, social studies, and science. A subscription is free and includes supports for English learners.
  • Newsela: Digital subscriptions for free in English language arts, social science, and science and supports social emotional learning and English learners.

 

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

DESE, the state agency that oversees education in Massachusetts, has compiled a comprehensive list of resources organized by subject (English/Language Arts, Math, STEM, Arts, etc.), as well as resources for ELL and special education support.

 

WGBH Distance Learning Center

DESE and public television station WGBH have partnered to bring educational resources to students and families through television programming and digital resources through PBS LearningMedia. Resources are available by grade level as well as by subject collections and are aligned to national and state education standards. These resources include videos, comprehensive lessons, and other activities:

 

Special distance learning programming aligned with PBS LearningMedia resources will air on the WORLD CHANNEL on television Monday through Friday from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM each weekday.

  • WGBH WORLD can be found on the following television channels: Comcast 956, FiOS 473, RCN 94, Cox 807, and Charter 181.
  • Click here to view the daily schedule of distance learning programming airing on television.

 

Boston Public Schools (BPS)

Family Helpline by Phone

  • BPS will remain closed through the 2019-20 school year due to the coronavirus pandemic. You can find resources and updates from the district by calling the BPS Helpline at 617-635-8873, Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM.

Home Learning Websites by School

Home Learning Resources by Grade

BPS TV

  • BPS hosts programming on Boston Neighborhood Network Community TV. Videos are available live-streaming at the website and on-demand to watch later.
  • Superintendent Brenda Cassellius hosts "Good Night Scholars" nightly for a bedtime read aloud at 7:30 PM with special guests.

Online Classrooms and Apps

 

Boston Public Library (BPL)

Please note: all BPL branches are currently closed. BPL offers a number of online resources for readers of all ages. You only need a BPL Library Card to access these services; the BPL Library Card is free to all residents in Massachusetts.

 

Boston After School and Beyond

Boston Beyond has gathered resources for enrichment and learning at home from its network of more than 300 programs. The resources are intended for other programs to use and for students and their families to access directly.

 

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