COVID-19 Resources

Visit this section for the latest resources related to virtual learning for students, support tips and strategies for parents, online course development assistance for college and university faculty, and plenty more.


Parents: Supporting Learning

Parents: Supporting Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This resource offers tips to support your child’s learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers, share this resource with parents. Parents, suggest this resource to your child’s teachers. We think it’s helpful under a wide variety of circumstances. Este recurso también está disponible en español: Padres: Apoyo del aprendizaje durante la pandemia del COVID-19.

Online Course Design

Online Course Design for College and University Faculty

Created specifically for college and university faculty, this resource overviews the basics of backward design, offering practical tips, strategies, and steps to help develop and deliver a course for and during a variety of circumstances that include face-to-face, online, and hybrid instruction. This module was developed in collaboration with and the invaluable assistance of the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching, whose Online Course Development Institute provided much of the primary content.

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Family Engagement: Family Engagement: Collaborating with Families of Students with Disabilities of Students with Disabilities

This module—a revision of Family Engagement: Collaborating with Families of Students with Disabilities, which was originally developed in cooperation with the PACER Center—addresses the importance of engaging the families of students with disabilities in their child’s education. It highlights some of the key factors that affect these families and outlines some practical ways to build relationships and create opportunities for involvement. Additionally, it offers strategies for facilitating family engagement during distance learning (est. completion time: 1 hour).

Parent Tip Sheets (Folleto de Consejos para Padres)

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My child says she doesn’t like online learning. How can I help? Created by the IRIS Center, this handy tip sheet offers practical ideas and strategies for helping your child adapt to some of the challenges and frustrations of learning in a virtual environment. This tip sheet is also available in Spanish. Mi hijo(a) dice que no le gusta la enseñanza virtual. ¿Cómo puedo ayudarlo(a)?

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How can I help my elementary child stay focused during online learning? Learning at home via a virtual environment can make it hard for younger kids to remain focused. This tip sheet from the IRIS Center offers some ideas to help. This tip sheet is also available in Spanish. ¿Cómo puedo ayudar a mi hijo(a) que asiste a la escuela primaria a mantenerse concentrado(a) durante la enseñanza virtual?

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How can I support my teen while he learns online? Whether your teen has been learning online for a while or has adjusted to a hybrid schedule, he may be struggling with current or changing expectations. This user-friendly resource provides a few tips to help support your teen. This tip sheet is also available in Spanish. ¿Cómo puedo apoyar a mi hijo(a) adolescente durante la enseñanza virtual?

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How can I keep my teen engaged while she learns online? It’s likely that your teen has faced challenges that may have caused her to become less engaged in one or more of her virtual classes. This tip sheet from the IRIS Center offers some ideas about how to address this issue. This tip sheet is also available in Spanish. ¿Cómo puedo mantener a mi hijo(a) adolescente interesado(a) durante la enseñanza virtual?

For more online IRIS resources about evidence-based instructional and intervention practices, visit the IRIS Resource Locator. These resources cover a variety of topics, such as differentiated instruction, assessment, behavior and classroom management, mathematics, reading, diversity and many others of importance to educators in today’s classrooms.

Additionally, the IRIS Center offers FREE certificates to verify module completion and effort toward PD hours. Practical, flexible, and built around trustworthy resources, our online IRIS PD Certificates are a terrific option for educators ready to take their professional development to the next level. More than 35 modules are currently available, and more are added all the time.

For Your Information

For more COVID-10 related resources, we recommend that you also view resources offered by the following centers. These centers are funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and serve as repositories for COVID-19 related resources.

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The National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) offers a COVID-19 Resource Hub that includes state-specific COVID-19 Policy Guidance and Distance Learning resources.

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The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA) also offers a host of resources. View Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) for funding and guidance support and Remote Service Delivery and Distance Learning for information on the implementation of services and supports.

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