For Distance Learning
Dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented challenge for our education system and our democracy. Members of the Teaching for Democracy Alliance are working to create and elevate resources which may be useful to students and teachers in these new circumstances, as aggregated in the list below.
- The American Federation of Teachers has compiled information for those working in schools and highlighted materials from their Share My Lesson database which may be used for remote learning.
- CIRCLE (the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, a part of Tisch College at Tufts University) recently launched a new data tool, Youth Voting and Civic Engagement in America, which offers a unique way to explore the relationships between voting and other forms of civic participation, and some of the (political, socioeconomic, and community) conditions that shape such engagement. Educators can explore the tool as well as this teaching resource which offers lesson ideas for social studies, math, art, journalism, or ELA teachers interested in having students investigate the resource on their own.
- Facing History and Ourselves created this master site which shares professional development opportunities, readings, and teaching ideas to help teachers translate to a virtual pedagogy.
- iCivics has created a School Closure Toolkit which centralizes access to iCivics' (free) online games and lesson plans for teachers which are based on readings and activities and are not tech-dependent. Their blog also lifts up teacher-created strategies for structuring a virtual classroom and advice for educators and parents during school closures.
- The National Association for Media Literacy Education has consolidated resources from across the web, including free media literacy tools, ideas for online teacher support, and tips on addressing misinformation related to the coronavirus.
- Here's a library of resources from the National Council for the Social Studies, including important information about the background and tracking of the disease, professional development webinars and materials for teachers, tools for at-home learning, and links to other media outlets' offerings.
- Follow @MikvaChallenge on Twitter for a daily release of new student and teacher-facing materials for engaging in Action Civics online, including this structured student guide for analyzing current events from different perspectives.
- PBS NewsHour Extra remains a resource for helping students access and analyze current events; for example, this teacher-compiled article, videos, and discussion questions focuses on the future of youth turnout in elections, and here's a one-stop-shop for other civics and digital lesson plan ideas.