Providing Ongoing Support for At-Home Learning
Our goal is to provide educators, students and their families the resources and support needed for success. This site contains instructional tools for teachers, practical suggestions for parents, and professional development opportunities to support effective at-home learning. We know that in this unprecedented time in education, there will be questions. We encourage you to reach out using the ‘Connect Me to Help’ button. This button will ask you to complete a brief form which will then allow us to determine which specialist(s) could best meet your needs.
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This electronic playbook is designed to provide you with initial considerations and tools to prepare for a sustainable re-entry while maintaining health and safety considerations during the pandemic. For each topic below is outlined, we’ve outlined Considerations, Resources, Templates, and Contact Information for additional support.
Additionally, we are providing free summer webinars addressing the topics outlined in the Playbook.
Click on your desired content area below to register or find more information.
Social & emotional learning (SEL) allows learners to become engaged with one another as well as their surrounding environment, making achievement a tangible tool for their future. View the complete Playbook for more information and resources.
In the new normal it is more important than ever to prioritize the needs of students when building a quality class schedule with proper staffing. To do so will require a fundamental shift in thinking. View the complete Playbook for more information and resources.
Research shows that One-to-One laptop initiatives boost student scores, but to be truly successful students need access to the Internet both at home & at school. Schools should know which students have access to the Internet at home & which ones do not. That data will be essential to develop plans to meet the needs of those without home Internet. View the complete Playbook for more information and resources.
Unforeseen circumstances forced schools to teach curriculum without traditional face-to-face structures to ensure mastery. Moving forward, how do we support students/teachers in curriculum & make up gaps using pre-assessments to build effective re-teach plans? View the complete Playbook for more information and resources.
There were no best practices in place for remote learning during a global pandemic. However, this experience will forever change our students’ perspective of learning. They have been given the opportunity to experience what it looks like & feels like to drive their own learning & make connections beyond the school environment. View the complete Playbook for more information and resources.
As we begin to consider what learning will look like as a result of the remote learning experience, it’s important to acknowledge that our learners will need different levels of support from educators as they return. While many have struggled & fallen behind as they’ve learned from home, there were also many that were able to thrive & continue to move forward as they made connections & learned independently. It will be important to consider how EVERY learner’s needs will be met, regardless of their progress during the remote learning experience. View the complete Playbook for more information and resources.
Professional learning must be more than just a moment of time. Educators are more likely to apply learning when they find it relevant to their current needs & are provided opportunities to practice the learning. View the complete Playbook for more information and resources.
Community engagement is where the school actively engages families, & the community to work together, creating networks of shared responsibility for student success. View the complete Playbook for more information and resources.
Teacher evaluations are essential to grow & empower teachers, especially in this time of teacher shortage & remote instruction. The appraisal process shall guarantee a diagnostic & prescriptive conference between the teacher & the appraiser to support teacher growth. View the complete Playbook for more information and resources.
The RLA TEKS emphasizes “the interconnected nature of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking.” The following menu provides sample tasks and digital resources that allow students to engage with the essential routines of the RLA TEKS. This resource was adapted from an original document created by Education Service Center Region 10.
Science Choice Boards
Our Science Content Specialists, Lisa Cisneros and Judy York, developed grade-specific science choice boards for use.
StudyJams Interactive Math and Science Activities
This easy-to-use teaching tool will help you introduce and reinforce more than 200 important topics in math and science through fun interactive activities.
Visit StudyJams.com >
StemScopes Activity Pack
Share this activity pack and readers set with your school community's parents and spark that science learning!
Amoebas Sister Videos
The Amoebas Sisters Videos are:
All of the lessons are expertly designed to engage students, achieve learning outcomes, and be easy for teachers to use. Mystery Science has short mini-lessons that are completely digital and full lessons that include an activity. All of the activities are designed to use simple supplies a parent will likely already have at home.
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Visit our Region 12 Math Page for more assistance or questions >
Math from Home Resources
Our ESC Region 12 Math team has created math from home resources and compiled them in a shared Google Drive. For access to the drive click here: Math from Home Resources >
Texas Association of Supervisors of Math
TASM is banding together to collect lessons, activities, and resources to support schools closing because of COVID-19. All of the resources will be collected in a shared Google Drive available to district math representatives. For access to the drive click here: TASM Resources
Khan Academy Lessons
Khan Academy is really good for middle and high school math. Our Region 12 math team has provided a link to a 30-minute video on how to get started with remote teaching using Khan Academy. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Desmos Classroom Activities
A collection of unique and engaging digital activities, which are free for you and your secondary level students.
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Helpful Apps/Website Links for the Classroom
Our Math team has provided some great applications and websites that can be used in the classroom or for remote learning.
View List >
As schools transition to remote learning, Texas Instruments is offering all students and teachers free, six-month software licenses for the following:
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Schools with students who do not have internet access at home who can request to borrow TI graphing calculators, while supplies last. See TI's blog post for more information >
History At-Home Extensions
Our Region 12 Social Studies Ed. Specialist Jessica Torres has compiled a number of assignments and extensions designed to use at home. Find the whole collection here >
Podcasts Specific to History
We've curated a list of excellent, history-centric podcasts to listen to with your students.
Check them all out here >
In KidCitizen’s interactive episodes, children explore civics and government concepts by investigating primary source photographs from the Library of Congress. They also connect what they find with their daily lives.
A Message from ESC Region 12 Early Childhood Team
In an effort to provide you with resources to plan forward for implementing instruction and family support at home, our team has curated various resources for you to use as an information and planning tool. The inclusion of these resources is not an endorsement of the resource. Users should be cognizant of usage rights before reproduction. View Full Message & Resources >
Circle Family Activity Collection
The CIRCLE Family Activity Collection translated child development research into practice by providing a variety of hands-on activities that families can do at home. This is organized by the Prekindergarten Guidelines domain areas and provides videos of many of the activities.
Scholastic Learn at Home (PreK-K)
Scholastic Magazine has provided a day-by-day breakdown of lessons for your students!
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET and then remain online to be streamed afterwards. Check back each weekday for new LUNCH DOODLES!
Visit Lunch Doodles >
Local Art Teacher Online Lessons
Check out the YouTube channel of Waco ISD Art Teacher Nicky Stokes. She provides lessons that can be done from home when following along with her videos.
Visit Mrs. Stokes YouTube Channel >
Midway ISD Teacher Paige Partlow is also providing online instruction via her YouTube channel.
Visit Ms. Partlow's Youtube Channel >
GoNoodle® engages 14 million kids every month with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. Available for free at school, home, and everywhere kids are!
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Cosmic Kids Yoga
More than a million kids do yoga, mindfulness and relaxation with Jaime on the Cosmic Kids YouTube Channel.
Parents and teachers report significant improvements in self-regulation, focus and empathy.
Visit CosmicKids.com >
Padlet of Bilingual/ESL Resources
Our Federal Programs Coordinator and ESL Specialist, Amberly Walker, has generated a padlet of resources related to this special population.
View the Padlet >
Any questions, please contact:
GT Resources for School Closures from TAGT
In an effort to support you during school disruptions due to COVID-19, TAGT has collected G/T-related educational resources to share with our members and followers. You can access the resources here >
National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
NAGC has compiled resources for those who are supporting gifted children during this unprecedented time.
Advanced Placement/College Board
AP Online Classes and Review Sessions - Watch classes taught by AP teachers to keep learning wherever you are.
Resources from Texas Education Agency (TEA) (excel doc)
TEA compiled an excel document so school systems would have more easily organized information on products being offered at this time.
Mensa At-home Learning Resources for Kids
Hand-selected lessons and activities for cooped-up kids.
Special Education State and Federal Guidance
This folder is a compilation of documents guidance and resources from the State and National level.
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Autism Circuit Tools
Tools and techniques for students on the autism spectrum
McKinney-Vento COVID-19 Update
Heart to Home: Connecting Homeless to Housing in the Heart of Texas (PDF)
Texas Education Agency (TEA) Guidance for Students Experiencing Homelessness
TEA has released guidance for local education agencies (LEAs) related to students experiencing homelessness and COVID-19.
Maintaining the Connection of the Classroom (Canvas LMS, canvaslms.com)
A step-by-step guide about how to maintain the connection of a classroom in a virtual environment from Canvas LMS.
Discovery Education announced that U.S. schools or school systems that are not currently using Discovery Education resources, but are experiencing closures due to the coronavirus, will have free access to Discovery Education Experience through the remainder of the school year.
To request access to Discovery Education Experience, principals and superintendents of affected school or school districts are encouraged to email Discovery Education at EducationPartnerships@discoveryed.com.
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Flipgrid Remote Learning
Flipgrid has provided a Remote Learning post with lots of great resources for educators, including a Disco Library Playlist, FlipgridPD webinars and a guide to using FlipGrid.
20 Steps to Get Started with the New Google Classroom
Provides a step-by-step process for teachers setting up Google Classroom for the very first time.
Using Flipgrid and Edmodo with Google Classroom
Remote Teaching & Learning from Microsoft Education
Mike Tholfsen, a Principal Product Manager on the Microsoft Education team, put together a fantastic Wakelet page, archiving a multitude of resources
Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Remote Learning Tools
Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) compiled tools for remote teaching and learning in one place. Check out the daily short-form video mini-sessions for bite-sized professional development, tips, and tricks for teaching online.
ZOOM is giving K-12 Schools their videoconferencing tools for free. Zoom allows people to easily connect via video and audio. There are many features included such as screen sharing, annotations, chat, and recording. All features will now be opened for schools and time restrictions have been eliminated. Interested parties need to verify through this site in order to gain access.
Instructional Continuity Planning:
ESSA Waiver and Instructional
Guidance Documents from ESC Region 12
Frequently Accessed Documents from Texas Education Agency:
TEA Instructional Continuity & Assessment Materials Printing
We are pleased to offer printing and shipping at state rates for your custom or TEA Instructional Continuity & Assessment Materials from TEA.
Pricing is based off of the TX Home Learning Print & Shipping Pricing listed under Printing & Shipping Services. Full pricing information and an estimate calculator can be found here.
Weekly Sustainability Playbook Webinars
The Sustainability Playbook is designed to provide you with initial considerations and tools to prepare for a sustainable re-entry while maintaining health and safety considerations during the pandemic. We are providing free summer webinars to accompany the Playbook and address individual topics.
The complete webinar schedule and registration links are below.
Remote Learning Webinar Series from Our Team!
ESC Region 12 wants to provide you with the necessary supports and skills to meet student learning needs now and in the future. These remote learning webinars are free and open to anyone, including parents and the community!
View the entire Remote Learning webinar playlist here!
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