The Illinois State Board of Education curated the following free resources to assist districts, teachers, and parents during this unprecedented time. The intent is to provide free or temporarily free learning resources for teachers and parents to support student learning while Illinois’ schools are closed. These resources do not represent an endorsement or recommendation of curriculum or eLearning systems.
Educators can consider these basic steps to continue education for students regardless of technology capabilities:
- Send books home with students and/or print out articles, poetry, and writing prompts.
- Assign a long-term research-based project aligned to multiple standards.
- Put together learning packets to review or enhance material already taught.
- Assign simple science projects that could be done at home.
- Review textbooks and print the supplemental lessons that one often does not have time to do in class.
- Use any online resources available to teachers and print assignments to do at home.
- Have students write reflection essays about a movie watched or a book read and scaffold the assignment for different age ranges.
- If your school district is providing grab-and-go meals or meal delivery, make take home packets available at the same location or through the same delivery mechanism.
Additional Tools to consider for continuing education and e-learning:
Also, all educators in Illinois have free access to EdLeaders Network to continue work on their own professional learning during this time.
***According to the team at the EdLeaders Network, these is a considerable influx of districts and individuals seeking access to ELN. Due to the volume of requests, uploading staff, and granting access to the Learning Management System is taking longer than usual. Additionally, because of a larger than normal number of users wanting taking advantage of ELN, responding to support tickets is taking longer than usual. As they work through the queue of both uploading staff and support tickets, they appreciate your patience and understanding.***
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