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COVID-19 News & Resources
COVID-19 News & Resources
A message from COSA
Dear COSA members,
As we continue to deal with rapid changes due to the COVID-19 situation, we want to remind all our members that one thing remains constant — COSA is here to support you. We recognize that you are facing critical decisions as you work through a myriad of complex issues, and our leadership team stands ready to help with information, resources and connections. Please call any of us directly at the numbers below. If you have a resource you would like posted on this page, please send us an email. – Executive Director Craig Hawkins
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
COSA is working with ODE to prioritize questions for online superintendent meetings that review specific guidance and answer questions. If you would like to submit a question by email, please use this link. We would also like to alert you to a valuable resource from ODE: “FAQ for Oregon’s School District Leaders Responding to COVID-19.”
News & documents
- How to Address Learning Loss in Your District (May 1, Hanover Research)
- Larry Ferlazzo's 7 Tips for Remote Teaching (YouTube link from EdWeek)
- Scholastic Education: Instructional Support for Remote Learning (March 31, 100KB pdf)
- Toolkit: Planning and Delivering Online Instruction for K-12 Students During COVID-19 School Closures (March 31, Hanover Research, 1MB pdf)
- Example of Communicating Facility and Playground Closures (March 23, from Tigard-Tualatin SD)
- Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission Response to COVID-19 (March 23)
- Early Learning Division Extends Deadline to Access Early Learning Funding (March 13)
- Employer Alert: Guidance for employers on coronavirus (March 13)
- Scholastic offers a wealth of resources, including Scholastic Learn at Home and Grab and Go Book Packs. See all the details in the Instructional Support for Remote Learning document.
- Thoughtexchange announces free and unlimited access to its crowd-sourcing platform so leaders can ask mission-critical questions relevant to the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Rethink offers free access to its SEL platform through the end of the school year.
- Offline Equity Best Practices – This research brief provides an overview of the digital equity problem – the digital divide – as well as an overview of effective strategies to reduce inequities between students learning online and offline.
- Toolkit: Systemic Implementation of Equity – This toolkit is intended to support district leaders and equity committee members in guiding initial conversations around equity and supporting the district’s first steps in prioritizing equity across the district. The topics range of definitions of different types of equity to evaluating practices and developing an equity plan.
- Superintendents Leadership Council – The latest edition of Hanover’s Superintendents Leadership Council live discussion was held last Thursday evening and focused primarily on Managing Two Crises: Cultivating Anti-Racism in the Midst of Reopening. You can access a recording of the session here. Special thanks to the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), and Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA) for sponsoring this event.
VIRTUAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
- New Educator Learning Center – Hanover’s new online professional learning platform equips districts with sustained and interactive professional learning for remote teachers. Our current course material includes four priority areas – social-emotional learning, culturally-responsive teaching, instruction design, and multi-tiered systems of support.
- Best Practices in Online Professional Learning – This report presents best practices for online professional learning that providers and facilitators can use directly with participants to promote engagement and maximize the effectiveness of programming. The report includes a checklist for districts to assess their online professional development capabilities.