Distance Learning Resources

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Keeping Kids Safe Online

As more and more school districts are turning to online resources for their students to keep everyone safe and socially distanced, it's important for kids to be safe while being online now more than ever. With that in mind, we've created an updated guide on ways to keep kids safe while using the internet, including: Each state's internet safety laws; Tips for keeping kids safe online  - both at school and at home. Conversation starters for addressing online safety with your child

UFLI Virtual Teaching

University of Florida Literacy Institute (UFLI) have developed this site to assist teachers as they explore new ways to teach foundational reading skills using technology.  This site has tools for reading instruction and intervention with children in the elementary grades.

NYC DOE Learn At Home Packets

The New York City DOE produced this page for Learn-at-Home packets that can be tailored to grade levels and content areas.


C3 Teachers is offering direct access to 375 inquiries that you can use to sustain your students’ learning.

Colorín Colorado

A helpful bilingual resource for families and educators of English Language Learners

Reading Plus

Reading Plus is an adaptive literacy solution for grades 3-12 that helps students build fluency and efficiency, strengthen comprehension skills, expand vocabulary, and increase motivation for reading. To support differentiation during remote instruction, we are offering free sets of resources for educators and parents. Our printable skill-building packages help develop reading comprehension in essential comprehension skills. Contact us if interested in full portal access.


Learn Spanish Elementary aged students

True Flix

Offering hundreds of units to supplement social studies and science core curricula learning, TrueFlix® is a highly-engaging multimedia resource that can be used in the library, the classroom, on mobile devices, or at home.

Khan Academy, TEDed

Interactive lessons and informative lectures


Free yearlong subscription to books - they are read alouds with activities.  All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.


Free yearlong subscription to books - they are read alouds with activities


"Website featuring 150 Guided Reading Passages with Professional Narration, Comprehension Questions, and a Reporting System. Due to school closings - Free through June 2020.  Developed by a mother-son teamContent written by Anne Gardner (NBCT, Literacy - Owego, New York).  Programming and technical work completed by Keith Gardner (BS Computer Science, Binghamton University)"


Reading and writing content across the curriculum.

Stanford University/Youcubed

Home specific ideas to help with MATH learning at home

Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES/ SSELA

PNW BOCES has adapted some of their Social Studies/ELA embedded lessons onto grade band units that can be taught remotely. Currently the K-2 unit on Communities is available, Next week 3/30 the 3-5 unit on Human Rights will be released, the following week a 6-8 unit will be released

Teachers College Reading and Writing Project

Videos and resources to virtually support the continuation of reading, writing, and phonics units of study

Write Brain Books

In these challenging times, having a creative outlet to process and express feelings is more important than ever.  Just 10 minutes of reflective writing per day can strengthen any student's reading and writing skills, get them thinking creatively, and reduce stress! 1. Blast these journal prompts out to all of your students. 2. Encourage them to choose a prompt every day.  3. Watch as students write, rant and reflect in this critical time!

Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES

18 resources for the love of reading: categorized under independent reading, shared reading, interactive read alouds, and phonics


Scholastic has provided resources for educators to use when teaching at home, divided by grade level bands.


Awesome digital library for elementary grades.

Book Source (blog)

This blog provides a comprehensive list of resources, divided into elementary, middle grades, high school, and every grade.

Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media created a list of resources to help families navigate social distancing and school closures with quality media and at-home learning opportunities for children. In addition, Common Sense created a list of resources to help educators with virtual teaching, teach about digital citizenship and well-being, as well as support families.

Remote Learning Suggestions from Fountas and Pinnell

Fountas and Pinnell provide guidance and a list of suggestions for engaging students, in particular readers who receive intervention services, in literacy opportunities at home.

Unite for Literacy

Unite for Literacy is a digital library for preschool and primary learners that provides free e-books.

Storyline Online

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Storyline Online streams videos featuring actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Betty White and many more.


A resource for tips and resources for teaching remotely.

Mystery Science

Free hands-on Science curriculum for K-5. Open-and-go lessons that inspire kids to love science. The hook, visuals, and activity have all been prepared for you. This specific link includes activities that are easy to do at home, no login required.

The Liv Bits

A list of weekly, interactive read alouds

List of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions-Option 1

Growing database of resources for educators and families and caregivers

International Literacy Association

Our goal is to create a space where educators can connect in real time, on a level deeper than even Twitter or Facebook Live can provide. Social isolation may be necessary, but it's also linked to adverse health consequences. We're hoping this will, in some small way, help combat that. Will also be reopening access to select sessions from the ILA 2019 Conference, beginning April 1, you'll once again be able to learn from Pedro Noguera, David Kirkland, Tricia Ebarvia, Donalyn Miller, and more.  ILA Edcamp Online, will take place April 7 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET

University at Albany, State University of New York

The University at Albany has compiled a wealth of resources entitled Remote Education Resource center. Includes: How to I start; Weekly connections with teachers; Tools & resources by grade or subject area.

Storyline Online

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Storyline Online, streams videos featuring actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Betty White and many more.

K-12 Online Learning Collective

This group, curated by NYS Reading Association Members, is 2,500 members strong--and growing, too. It, like the group above, provides a wealth of resources, just for K-12 instruction. Similarly, this is a public group, so the same accessibility noted above applies to this group as well.

Online Learning Collective

This group of educators focuses on online learning at the collegiate level. It is 20,000 members strong--and growing. This is a public group. Therefore, you do not need Facebook to view the posts and comments.

Reading A-Z

A site with different level readers. The reading levels range from K-5+. Right now it is a free resource and teachers can assign students different books to read or listen to. There are questions and activities that go along with each book. There are even high interest/low level graphic novels for older students who may be a struggling reader.

PBS Learning Media

A site for NY educators with videos and resources for all subject areas PK-12. Includes links to standards and allows teachers to set up classrooms or link to Google classroom.

List of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions-Option 2

This is a list of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due to School Closings.

New York State Education Department

The New York State Education Department provides a list of helpful resources to support the continuity of learning online. The resources listed here are provided as options and examples only, in an attempt to provide helpful information. NYSED does not require, recommend, endorse, or advise on any specific program or product. All instructional decisions are made at the local level.