Find resources to help partner with families, build virtual classroom culture, and gain confidence with remote teaching.

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Election 2020 Youth Media Screening

Enjoy powerful and diverse student commentaries on election issues that matter to them ranging from climate change to gun control.

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SEL & Digital Citizenship in Distance Learning

Join Common Sense Education as we explore unique ways educators can use digital citizenship and social-emotional learning to create engaging, welcoming learning environments, whether in person or from a distance.

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From ELA to Emotional Well-Being: Free Learning Activities!

Join Common Sense in conversation with two educators from the New York City Department of Education who will share the treasures they’ve discovered here on Wide Open School.

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7 Tips for Remote Family-Teacher Conferences

Learn how to make these essential check-ins positive and productive for everyone during the coronavirus pandemic.

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SEL and Supporting Students from a Distance

Learn three key strategies for SEL support during uncertain times.

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Supporting Students' Mental Health During the Coronavirus

Get tips for strengthening students' mental health and well-being during remote or hybrid learning.

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Trauma-Sensitive Practices During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Learn ways to identify what students and their families need, and get strategies to help students feel safe and supported while learning at home.

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Elementary Remote Learning Class Meeting Guide

Provide SEL support while teaching remotely with 32 adaptable activities for elementary school classrooms.

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Quick Digital Citizenship Activities for K-5 Distance Learning

Use these short, self-guided digital citizenship activities and create a positive culture around digital learning.

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Elections in the Digital Age: How to Cut Through the Noise

Watch Common Sense for a discussion about how you, media, and tech companies can help give all voters, and especially young voters, the resources and tools necessary to separate fact from fiction and make sense of election news and social media coverage this election season and beyond.

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Future of Education Technology Conference

Hear insights about education technology and its impact on students, staff, and school communities in this free interactive online event January 26-29, 2021. Register now to reserve a spot.

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Common Sense Together: Building a Better Tomorrow

Watch Common Sense for an inspiring virtual fundraiser with special guests, hopeful reflections, and a provocative conversation about educational equity.

Build strong relationships with students' families to support learning at home.

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7 Tips for Remote Family-Teacher Conferences

Learn how to make these essential check-ins positive and productive for everyone during the coronavirus pandemic.

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How to Host a Virtual Back-to-School Night

Get helpful ideas and learn about recommended tools for making this kick-off event a success for you and your students' families.

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Parent Tips and Tricks for Distance Learning

Help parents and caregivers keep kids focused, interested, and balanced while learning from home.

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Daily Routine Template

Outline the day's learning activities and provide helpful support to students and families during distance learning with this customizable template.

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Learning Conversation Template

Help parents and caregivers track student progress during distance learning with this customizable short discussion guide.

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Free Distance Learning Plans for K–2 Students and Their Families

Help kick-start K-2 learning at home with these easy-to-use, customizable packets.

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Apps and Websites for Parent-Teacher Communication

These apps and websites provide instant, practical, and regular communication tools to encourage active engagement between students, teachers, and parents.

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Conversations with Common Sense: Tweens, Teens, Tech, and Mental Health

Listen to the latest research and learn how to best to support adolescents in an increasingly digital world that is both unequal and uncertain.

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In Support of Black Lives

It's time to do the work — Common Sense is proud to bring you these vital and challenging conversations in support of Black lives.

Establish your virtual classroom culture and procedures, and make sure everyone is on the same page.

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Quick Digital Citizenship Activities for K-5 Distance Learning

Use these short, self-guided digital citizenship activities and create a positive culture around digital learning.

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Digital Learning Pledge for Grades K–5

Set a positive culture of digital citizenship from the start with this customizable student agreement in English and Spanish. Set expectations for device use, online behavior, and more.

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Digital Learning Agreement for Grades 6–12

Establish a classroom culture of digital citizenship for distance learning with this customizable template in English and Spanish. Discuss expectations for communication, safety, device use, and more.

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Distance Learning Cheat Sheet for Families

Fill out this distance learning info sheet for families so they can post it at home for easy reference. Available in English and Spanish!

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Our Distance Learning Classroom FAQ

Customize this FAQ to set expectations and answer families' questions about your distance learning program.

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Learning Devices FAQ Customizable Guide

Edit and share this handy guide to make sure families have the information they need about your school-issued devices for distance learning.

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Essential Digital Citizenship Lessons for the Coronavirus Pandemic

Support the transition to virtual learning and help students think critically and compassionately about what they see online.

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Quick Digital Citizenship Activities for Middle and High School Distance Learning

Get tweens and teens thinking and talking about real issues they've encountered online -- from media addiction to hate speech.

Choose the best apps and websites for lesson planning, classroom management, video creation, assessment, and more.

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Distance Learning Short List: Best Free Resources by Grade and Subject

Get hand-picked tools for every scenario, all well-suited for use during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Best Tools for Virtual and Distance Learning

Set up an effective virtual learning environment with top tools for communicating and messaging, facilitating discussion, assessing learning, delivering lessons, and more.

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The Best Screencasting Tools for Classrooms

Find the right screencasting tool for your needs -- whether students are creating videos to demonstrate learning or you're recording your lessons to share.

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Best Student-Collaboration Tools

These tools mix productivity and creativity, allowing students to collaborate on projects, give and take feedback, annotate, brainstorm, make media, or just hang out.

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Best Interactive Video Apps and Websites

Have your students make interactive videos, or create interactive video lessons yourself with these high-quality apps and web-based tools.

Learn valuable tips and strategies for teaching with technology.

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Supporting Students' Mental Health During the Coronavirus

Get tips for strengthening students' mental health and well-being during remote or hybrid learning.

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Elementary Remote Learning Class Meeting Guide

Provide SEL support while teaching remotely with 32 adaptable activities for elementary school classrooms.

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eBook Guide to Distance Learning for Educators

From choosing your tech to optimizing instruction, get tips and recommendations on how to make the transition to distance learning.

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Middle School Remote Learning Advisory Guide

Learn how to provide SEL support by creating a remote advisory program. Plus, find templates, strategies, and activities to use with middle school students.

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How to Plan for Hybrid Teaching and Learning

Learn 6 key considerations for a blended model of in-person and remote instruction.

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Learning Resources from Apple

Discover apps, curriculum, resources, and support to help build great learning experiences wherever you are.

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Google for Education

Find tips, resources, and tools on this information hub to help teachers keep teaching.

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Make the Transition to Remote Learning

This distance learning hub is a good starting point for tips, PD, and getting started guides for teachers and administrators relying on Microsoft's education suite.

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Educating over Zoom

How to successfully spin up virtual classrooms, participate in online classes, and use Zoom for distance education.

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Teachers' Essential Guide to Google Classroom

What is Google Classroom? And how are teachers using it? Learn more about this popular platform and how to use it with students.

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7 Ways to Make Distance Learning More Equitable

Ensure your most vulnerable students and their families are supported during distance learning.

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Building Community for Connection and Learning

Nurture community, build relationships, and support students’ social–emotional needs first with these activities and routines.

Hear from peers and experts on timely education topics — from SEL during the pandemic to culturally responsive remote teaching.

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SEL and Supporting Students from a Distance

Learn three key strategies for SEL support during uncertain times.

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Trauma-Sensitive Practices During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Learn ways to identify what students and their families need, and get strategies to help students feel safe and supported while learning at home.

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Elections in the Digital Age: How to Cut Through the Noise

Watch Common Sense for a discussion about how you, media, and tech companies can help give all voters, and especially young voters, the resources and tools necessary to separate fact from fiction and make sense of election news and social media coverage this election season and beyond.

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Your One-Stop Shop for Teaching During the Pandemic

Watch a walk-through of Common Sense's new one-stop shop for teaching during the pandemic: The Wide Open School Resources for Teachers Center.

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Creating a School Culture and Curriculum of Racial Equity and Justice

Watch this important conversation with Common Sense, social justice experts, school administrators, and educators.

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How to Set Up for Distance Learning Success

Learn new strategies to engage students, collaborate, and reach out to parents and families at a safe social distance.

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Distance Learning with Common Sense

Tune in to this weekly video series to learn how educators around the country are managing the shift to distance learning and preparing for the coming school year.

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Engagement Strategies for Reimagined Classrooms

Learn how to take what you already know about engaging students and translate it into distance learning experiences that build community.

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Let's Listen to Our Young People: What Support Do They Need?

Find out what students need during the coronavirus pandemic and learn SEL strategies you can use to support them.

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Teaching and Modeling the Two-Word Check-In

Learn a quick SEL activity for students of all ages that helps them build self-awareness, empathy, and understanding.

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The Voice of the Future: Students Speak About Pandemic Learning

Incorporate student voices into your school planning by listening to a diverse panel of students sharing their experiences.

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Strategies for Healthy Emotion Regulation During Uncertain Times

Help students (and educators) practice healthy emotional regulation as you prepare for back to school.

Find ways to prioritize your own well-being and infuse self-care into your teaching.

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Educator Well-Being and Student SEL: The Critical Connection

In this experiential workshop, Dr. Ilana Nankin, Breathe for Change's founder and CEO, guides educators through a transformative mind-body wellness experience.

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Help for Stressed Educators During COVID-19

Learn how to prioritize your own well-being and support students at the same time with practical strategies from experienced educator and trauma expert Jen Alexander.

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Infuse Personal Reflection into Your Teaching Practice

Use these reflection prompts and action steps to infuse self-care into your teaching.

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Self-Care Tips for Teachers

Learn five ways to prioritize self-care while teaching from home during the pandemic.