Educational Resources for At-Home Learners

Below is a list of online resources for families and scholars currently at home as a result of COVID-19. Resources for food, utilities, and other services can be found here

General/All subjects

  • MPS Distance Learning
  • Calvert Home School: Calvert is offering its online homeschool system for free for the next 3 months. Starting Tuesday night, Calvert will allow parents to sign up and use their services to teach their kids.
  • Great Minds: Free digital math and English language arts materials, including instructional materials, support resources, and free daily recorded lessons.
  • Khan Academy: Free, age-appropriate PreK-12 content for parents, students, and educators.
  • Minnesota Department of Education: Minnesota-specific COVID-19 updates from the Minnesota Department of Education, including FAQ on school closures and guidance on distance learning.
  • NewSchools: Curated list of free resources for teachers, schools, and parents. The list is updated frequently.
  • PAVE: A frequently updated list of education companies that are offering free subscriptions due to school closings.
  • PIE Network: A collection of resources for states, districts, families, educators, students, and advocates.
  • ST Math: MIND Research Institute is offering no-cost access to ST Math for parents, schools, and districts for students in grades K-8.
  • Thomas B. Fordham Institute: Resources for learning from home during school closures.
  • TNTP: Strategies and resources that school districts can use as they plan for high-quality, online learning opportunities.
  • US Department of Education: Resources for educators and local leaders on K-12 flexibilities, student privacy, and educating students with disabilities during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Khan Academy (all grades): Video lessons and practice across a wide variety of topics at all grade levels, from preschool through graduation. Check out the step-by-step video and quick-start guide for using remote instruction. High school math lessons, in particular, are a great accompaniment to teacher-created materials.
  • NYC Department of Education “Learn at Home” materials (all grades): These standards-aligned packets are a good option for students without internet or computer access.
  • Scholastic (K-8): Free lessons for all content areas.
  • Reading A to Z (elementary): Encompasses Myon, Starfall, and IXL. Basic reading practice for learning readers; lean on the resources already in use in your school. Also offers authentic Spanish books.
  • EPIC (elementary): Digital library for elementary students. Teachers must sign up and invite students. Also available in Spanish.
  • TumbleBooks (elementary): Digital library for elementary students.
  • Unite for Literacy (elementary): Digital library for elementary students.
  • Time for Kids (elementary): Student articles for grades K-6; good for knowledge-building reading.
  • CommonLit (upper elementary/secondary): More than 2,000 high-quality free reading passages for grades 3-12.
  • Newsela (upper elementary/secondary): Nonfiction texts at different independent reading levels paired with activities, including news articles, science pieces, and social studies pieces.
  • New York Times writing curriculum(secondary): Flexible program for middle and high schools based on the real-world writing found in newspapers, from editorials and reviews to personal narratives and analysis essays.
  • Defined Learning: eLearning projects grades 3-12

Math

English Language Arts

Science

  • PhD Science (3-5): Great Minds is sharing free, recorded daily lessons delivered by their own teachers, viewable on any device (including smart phones). If possible, send students home with their Ph.D. Science module 4 logbooks.
  • Big Picture Learning Student-Centered Responses Library: A living document to help educators navigate both big-picture and practical student questions about COVID-19’s education impact.
  • Zearn: Free digital math materials and guidance to support distance/virtual learning for families and educators