Educator Resources for Quality Learning at a Distance

Teacher Self-Assessment Tool for Remote Learning by Michigan Virtual (Link)

In a collaborative statewide effort by REMC, MAME, and the Michigan Virtual Learning Continuity Workgroup, this free, interactive resource was produced for teachers and school administrators alike to help understand and develop the knowledge and skills needed for teaching in a remote learning environment. Teachers and school leaders may find this web-based resource valuable as a personalized self-assessment tool to determine their degree of readiness for teaching remotely. It is a checklist-style, interactive self-assessment spanning the categories of culture, equity, and relationships; technical skills; instructional design; and providing accommodations to students in need.After completing the self-assessment, the tool provides personalized recommendations for professional learning resources that educators can use to develop knowledge and skills identified as growth areas through the completion of the self-assessment. 

Key Concepts: Social/Emotional Learning Considerations,Technical Skills, Instructional Design, Student Accommodations

Foundation of Successful Online Teaching and Learning by Michigan State University (Link)

The program offers free access to a district-specific, five-module Google Classroom site. Teachers can navigate through the site at their own pace and communicate with peers in their local district as they work through modules covering: Class Design and Planning, Online Assessment and Feedback, Groups and Collaboration, Universal Design for Learning and Accessible Community Building, Meaningful Engagement and Interactions The program can be modified, supplemented with added content, or customized upon request.

Key Concepts: Learning at a Distance Teaching, Instructional Design, Accessibility, UDL, Assessment

Keep Michigan Learning Website by Michigan Virtual (Link)

This website houses a collection of tools and resources intended to support and empower teachers and school leaders as they design remote and blended learning experiences for their students during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Key Concepts: Learning for All Considerations, Learning at a Distance Teaching, Professional Learning, Accessibility, Parent Resources, Team Building

 GELN Asynchronous Professional Learning Maps (Link)

These maps are specifically designed to support schools and districts for the 2020-21 school year - as we reinvent ourselves during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Key Concepts: Professional Development, Learning for All Considerations, Social/Emotional Learning Considerations, Learning at a Distance Teaching

Return to Learn Playbook: Promoting Engagement, Feedback, and Communication in any Learning Environment (Link)

This guide was created from June-August 2020 as a resource to help prepare educators for an uncertain school year. It is centered around the themes of digital engagement, feedback, and communication and how these themes will look in both a fully remote learning setting, and a hybrid model. It contains a collection of instructional strategies, tools and platforms, best practices, templates, and other resources under the aforementioned themes.

Key Concepts: Learning at a Distance Teaching, Hybrid Teaching, Student Accommodations, Social/Emotional Learning Considerations, Family Involvement, In-Person Learning Modifications, Video Conference Support, Support for Coaches

Harvard University, Best Practices: Online Pedagogy (Link)

General advice, a variety of course types, and additional tips on student engagement. To keep things simple, we're focusing on the most common and most effective online teaching practices. We’ve also developed an overall guide: Designing Your Course for the Fall: Principles and Tips. We’ve broken up the teaching tips according to the common teaching styles (lecture, case, small group discussion, and hands-on). Feel free to jump to the section most appropriate to your course.

Key Concepts: Learning at a Distance Teaching, Student Assessment, Online Pedagogy, Instructional Design

Teaching Digitally: A FREE Resource Guide to help ANY K-12 Educator (Link)

A resource guide to help K-12 educators teach digitally. Topics include (but not limited to): screencasting, digital text, hyperdocs, and many other digital topics.

Key Concepts: Digital Lesson Toolkit, Digital Lesson Design, Digital Essentials

TEALS Program: A Brief Guide to Remote Teaching Best Practices (Link)

This guide provides guidance and suggestions for instructor-led remote learning programs. It is based on 8 years of TEALS remote instruction learnings.

Key Concepts: Learning at a Distance Teaching, Accessibility, UDL, Student PII & FERPA, Student Assessment, Online Pedagogy

CAST Remote Learning Resources (Link)

CAST provides resources to learn how to use accessible materials and technologies in early learning, K-12, higher education, and workplace settings. There is also a course on inclusive design as well as UDL guidelines.

Key Concepts: UDL, Accessibility

Creating Fluid Continuity of Learning using a Blended Approach in K-12 School Districts by University of Michigan (Link)

The self-paced professional development targeted at school district leaders is composed of six modules:

Module 1: Defining and understanding what a blended approach to fluid continuity of learning means for a school district

Module 2: Addressing the issues of equity for fluid continuity in blended learning (Digital Access, Students on IEPs, racial equity, ELLs, time, literacy).

Module 3: Explicitly supporting teachers and caregivers in being digitally legal when selecting, designing and using tools for a blended approach (FERPA, COPPA, EULA, Copyright)

Module 4: Selecting and setting up tools to support a district-wide system of fluid continuity of learning between school and home

Module 5: Defining district teaching strategies, communications, norms and routines for fluid continuity of learning between school and home

Key Concepts: Learning at a Distance Teaching, Instructional Design, Accessibility, UDL, Assessment

#Return2School (Link)

Use this guide as a starting point for what you will do related to each “Strongly Recommended” item from the Governor’s Roadmap. Do not treat it as everything and anything you could and/or should do related to the item. Based upon your community and context, there may be other actions you want to plan for and take.

Key Concepts: Social/Emotional Learning Considerations, Student Assessment, Professional Learning, Family Involvement, Instructional Design

Four Step Approach to Remote Learning (Link)

Follow this easy four-step approach when starting to offer online learning opportunities!

Key Concepts: Instructional Design