August 7, 2020 Blog

Remote Learning Resources for the CPS Fall 2020 Quarter

Last updated: August 31.

With the recent announcement from Chicago Public Schools (CPS) that the fall quarter will be entirely remote learning, teachers and principals will continue working hard to ensure that the needs of students and families are met in this virtual environment. 

Below is a list of resources we’ve pulled together from educators, nonprofits and media outlets that might be helpful to school communities during the remote learning period. 

If you have other tips, tricks and materials you want to share with fellow educators, please let us know. You can complete this form, email us at engagement@thefundchicago.org or message us on Facebook and Twitter. We will continue to update this post.

Technology Resources

Technology Access Information: 

  • Kids First Chicago and the Metropolitan Planning Council produced a summary and full report detailing issues of digital equity in education in Chicago. 
  • Chicago Connected, which aims to bring stable high-speed internet to approximately 100,000 CPS students, published an overview and FAQ about their program.
  • CPS has published Tech Resources for Remote Learning, which includes device, Google communication, and troubleshooting guidance; and Getting Connected to the Internet, which describes how families can get access to the Internet at home.

Tools & Platforms:

Virtual Instruction and Culture Resources

For principals & teachers: 

  • Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)/Trauma-Informed Learning Resources
    • CASEL has created an SEL roadmap to reopening school which includes strategies to communicate with staff and virtual teams, families, and students. 
    • WestEd has created a strategy guide to help educators to implement “Trauma-Informed Distance Learning” to help reach students and their families. It focuses on a framework of 3 ‘Rs”: Regulate, Relate, and Reason.
    • Education Week has released a white paper called “Integrate SEL into Remote Learning.” 
  • Professional Development (PD) Resources
    • PBS Teacherline has published a series of online PD courses for teachers, covering topics such as digital assessment, video making and storytelling, and online project based learning. 
    • The North American Council for Online Learning has published a “Professional Development for Virtual Schooling and Online Learning” report, which includes a “Myths and Facts” section about online learning, as well as policy insights, suggestions, and resources to keep in mind when implementing PD for remote learning teachers.
    • Accelerate Institute’s newsletter contains virtual workshops and blog posts about strategic and re-entry planning during the pandemic.
  • Budgeting Resources
    • The INCS School Reopening Working Group Budget Team published this budgeting presentation and tool. All of their other group presentations to date can be found here.
  • Project Based Learning (PBL) Resources
    • PBL Works has another set of curricular tools focused specifically on online project based learning.
  • Creative Resources
    • Teachers at Monroe High School in Georgia created a viral video to kickoff the first day of school.
  • Book Club Resources
    • Facing History and Ourselves has compiled guidelines, planning checklists, and handouts for remote bookclubs to help “foster a sense of community and connection among students.”
  • Subject Matter Resources
  • Virtual Events

For Parents:

  • CPS Materials 
  • Wrap-around Resources
    • Communities in Schools (CIS) in Chicago has also compiled a comprehensive list of resources for parents during COVID-19, including but not limited to resources on education and student engagement, childcare, remote work support, SEL/mental health, internet assistance, and online learning.
  • Mental Health Resources 
    • Included in CIS resource is information about the Erikson Institute, which is offering high-quality therapy services to caregivers and children through video platforms. These mental health resources are available in English and Spanish.
    • The National Association of School Psychologists has published guidelines for families to consider as they help their children through the pandemic and online learning.

Communication Resources

Communications Templates: