Resources for Educators & Families Adjusting to Online and At-home Learning

Image of computer screen with people pictured in smaller screens, using the Zoom technology

Just remember, we’re all in this together, even if we are at a distance.

Staff at the National Coordinating Center are aware that our diverse community is in need of a wide range of supports at this time. College staff and faculty are migrating from classroom-based learning to virtual environments.

Parents are welcoming their students home from college and school seeking to maintain a sense of structure for learning and engagement.

Below are some resources we believe may be helpful as we all cope with this new reality. We will be updating this listing weekly. If you have a resource to share, please send us the information at ThinkCollegeTA@gmail.com

Lori Cooney & Maria Paiewonsky just created Teaching & Learning Online: Strategies for Supporting Students with ID, a webpage with tips for educators to support students with intellectual disability as they move to online learning environments, (physically) away from their peers and established schedules. This page shares lots of resources, including videos you can use to teach students how to use Zoom.

Explore Access: Tools for Promoting Disability Access and Inclusion, created by Southwest ADA, defines what an accessible course is (and is not), suggests how to communicate with students, and provides examples and non-examples of slides, videos, meaningful links, and more. Universities are also providing guidance to their own faculty and all faculty.

Green Mountain Self-Advocates created COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities, a plain language information sheet for anyone to use, available in English and Spanish.

Establishing a Remote Learning Routine and Environment is a list of simple, yet critical, things to consider when setting up a home learning (and working) environment. Excellent advice for educators, students, families… anyone!

Zoom Directions for Students, created by The Techie Teacher, is a simple, step-by-step guide to using Zoom on a computer or iPad. It uses plain language and photos.

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights recorded this video about online education and website accessibility. The Department has also issued two Fact Sheets about  Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Schools While Protecting the Civil Rights of Students, the first on March 16 and a supplement on March 21.