Please note: This list is not meant to be exhaustive; rather, it is an ever-growing, un-curated list of resources that schools can use to meet the unique needs of their communities and students.
Please join the Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota and Minneapolis Foundation in partnership with the School Transformation Collaborative as they host a virtual town hall with a panel of parents from Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22.Prior to hosting this event, the Phillips and Minneapolis Foundations released a survey to highlight diverse families’ experiences in shifting to distance learning as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. District officials, teachers, principals, and state leaders are invited to attend this virtual town hall to unpack the survey results and hear concerns from Minnesota families.R.T. Rybak, President & CEO of the Minneapolis Foundation, and Joel Luedtke, Program Director of the Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota, will co-host the town hall. Tierney Carroll of the School Transformation Collaborative will moderate the parent experience panel.Tierney Carroll, founder of the School Transformation Collaborative and other parents and family members from the Council of Families for the Future of Education-Twin Cities will share their experiences with distance learning and discuss the survey results during the virtual town hall.Please visit minneapolisfoundation.org/reimagine-2/ to download a copy of the survey research brief and executive summary. If you have any questions related to the survey or the virtual town hall, please email Patrice Relerford at email@example.com or Joel Luedtke at firstname.lastname@example.org.Zoom meeting details will be provided in an email to registered attendees prior to the event date.📷 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2Ca4Lgwy3g&feature=youtu.be
As of 3/31/2020
CBC: Indigenous educators volunteer to teach short K-8 lessons online amid school closures
Homeschool Resources: Anti-Oppressive/Anti-Racist Home School Options During Quarantine
Mensa for Kids: The Art of Storytelling
NY Times: The Learning Network
NY Times: Students Can Respond to Daily Writing Prompts, Inspired by The New York Times, at Home for Free
Racial Equity Tools: The Storytelling Project Curriculum
Story Corps: The Conversation of a Lifetime
Success Academy to Share Remote Learning Plans Nationally (webinar registration)
Preparing to Take School Online? Here Are 10 Tips to Make It Work.
2Revolutions: How to Create Deeper Online Learning (free account required)
Success Academies Ed Institute
Wireless Minneapolis - free city-wide WiFi during COVID-19 crisis
WiFi Map - find and access existing free WiFi anywhere
Here are simple tips for working from home and staying productive.
1. Eat the Frog
Yes, it will be tempting to press Snooze a few more times. However, it’s crucial to start your day productively while working from home, and early. After you wake up and eat a great breakfast and sip on some coffee, do the task you’re dreading right away. Fueled with the satisfaction and relief of accomplishing the worst task of the day, you’ll feel more motivated to tackle your to-do list.
2. Set A Schedule
Especially if you have children at home, you need a schedule to stay on task and productive. Without meetings, calls, or breakroom chats it’s easy to burn out or lose focus. Create a daily schedule that works for you and your family. If you’re a morning person, plan to make your day top-heavy and schedule your difficult tasks in the morning, save your lower-priority tasks for the afternoon, and vise-versa if you’re a night-owl. Schedule time for lunch-breaks, cuddles, and walks with your kids.
3. Get Dressed
Instead of wearing pajamas all day, create a mental distinction that you’re working by dressing for your day (it’s okay if you want to keep on your slippers). Have your children get dressed as well to keep chaos at bay and provide them structure.
4. Create A Work Space
You may not be in the office, but you can have your own office. Instead of cozying up on the couch or bed, which should be for your inevitable Netflix bingeing, dedicate a specific room or corner to your work. Let each person in your family have their own work space so everyone can be productive.
5. Take A Fitness Break
Instead of feeling alone, take a lunch break and call your partner, friend, or co-worker. Take your kids or dog for a walk outside and get some fresh air. Use your extra time to improve your fitness by trying a home workout program. Even while we are all working at home, we shouldn’t forget to connect with each other.
Check the Minnesota Department of Health website often for updates about COVID-19.
We know that students in Minneapolis and St Paul will be following their distance learning plans. See the links here.
Minneapolis Public Schools PK-12 Online Enrichment Resources and Saint Paul Public Schools Distance Learning for Students and Families
We know you're under tremendous stress right now, and we want to help. Amplify is committed to ensuring that you're equipped to provide your students high-quality instructional resources beyond school doors.
We are offering free access to a remote learning version of Amplify Reading, our adaptive digital K–5 reading program that provides students with evidence-based instruction and practice in all foundational skills.
The provided resources include links to external websites or applications that are governed by their own privacy policies or information collection practices, which may be substantially different from STCollaborative. We encourage you to review the privacy policies and information collection practices of any external websites and apps before use with children or students.