Virtual Teaching Resources

You are likely being bombarded with online teaching resources, many of which are free or “free for now.” It might feel like drinking from a firehose. We don’t want to overload you, so WEAC is compiling high quality, vetted enrichment resources on this page for educators teaching online during the coronavirus crisis. Do you have a favorite resource that others might like to use? If so, please send us a quick email. To protect yourself and your students, be sure and visit our best practice considerations for teaching online.

Zinn Education Project: Teaching People’s History

The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the teaching of people’s history in middle and high school classrooms across the country. Based on the lens of history highlighted in Howard Zinn’s best-selling book A People’s History of the United States, the website offers free, downloadable lessons and articles organized by theme, time period, and reading level.

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Smithsonian Distance Learning Resources

The Smithsonian is committed to supporting teachers and their students around the globe as they face unprecedented new learning challenges. Here, on the Learning Lab, teachers have access to millions of digital resources from across the Smithsonian’s museums, research centers, libraries, archives, and more.

Resources for Online Learning During School Closures

Editor’s Note: We understand many schools and students cannot rely on virtual learning during the closures because many in our communities do not have access to it for a variety of reasons. We will address issues of equity in subsequent articles.]

Distance learning: PBS NewsHour classroom resources for students | PBS NewsHour Extra

Use these teacher-produced resources and lesson plans to create your own packets for students. We will keep this document updated, especially around current events. We have five sections to choose from, plus additional resources. Do you have resources you’d like to recommend to other teachers to use in the event school is closed or teachers/students have to miss class?

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creatED gives schools and districts practical, art-infused teaching strategies and insights that deepen creative thinking in schools. The program focuses on building creative capacity and embedding project- and inquiry-based learning in K–8 schools. The innovative teaching and learning approaches integrate across the curriculum and across grade spans.
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BrainPOP

BrainPOP – Animated Educational Site for Kids – Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Arts & Music, Health, and Technology

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Resources for Educators During the Coronavirus Pandemic | Common Sense Education

You’re already a trusted source of information in your school community. And now families and students are looking to you for additional support as school closures become the norm. Common Sense can help you prepare with remote teaching resources, family education materials, and research-backed strategies to ease stress and encourage learning.

At Home Learning – PBS Wisconsin

Public media organizations remain committed to ensuring that all kids statewide have access to educational instruction amid school closures. PBS Wisconsin and Milwaukee PBS, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), announce an ambitious new tv broadcast schedule to support At-Home Learning, accompanied by curriculum-aligned digital resources.

Teaching Tolerance | Diversity, Equity And Justice

Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to educators-teachers, administrators, counselors and other practitioners-who work with children from kindergarten through high school. Educators use our materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants.

Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC)

is a unique and vital gathering place for books, ideas, and expertise in the field of children’s and young adult literature. The CCBC is a noncirculating examination, study, and research library for Wisconsin school and public librarians, teachers, early childhood care providers, university students, and others interested in children’s and young adult literature.

Explore NASA STEM

NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America’s space agency. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the unknown and benefit all humankind.