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Last spring, in response to the COVID-19 lockdown, UC campuses and programs quickly pulled together online assets for distance learning. These resources were intended for newly home-schooling parents, students at all levels, teachers and folks who felt empowered to learn a new skill, like becoming fluent in a new language.

Would any of us have expected to enter the fall semester still schooling at home? Probably not and yet, here we are. In our ongoing attempt to make sure all students have the support to keep from falling behind during this season of isolation from school settings, we have gathered more of the best K–12 and college-level home-learning resources.

Whether you are a parent, a student or a teacher, you can pore over — or share — UC’s Anti-Racism resources, the UCLA Science Project or the Paris Catacombs (from California MESA’s profusely generous list).

Below we have included access to standards-based lessons in STEM subjects, world literature, geography, music and many other education assets. We hope they will remain useful long after life and learning have returned to normal.

For parents

UC San Diego Early Care and Education at Home: For parents of very young learners at home

California History-Social Science Project: K–12 lessons, organized by grade, from a primary UC outreach resource

The Global Oneness Project: Interdisciplinary learning site with lessons on migration, creativity, climate change and nature; lesson plans for grades 9–12, along with standards alignment for each lesson

UC Davis MIND Institute — autism resources: In addition to a roundup of teaching and coping resources to support families with children on the autism spectrum during the COVID-19 pandemic, the MIND Institute released a helpful video of home-schooling tips for families with autism.

For students

KQED World and PBS KIDS 24/7: PBS at-home online learning media and activities for use outside the classroom

Audible: Free elementary through teen-level reading to stream from laptop, desktop, phone or tablet

UC Davis: Student-to-student home-study tips from a college senior, and other first-generation student resources

A-G Guide: Guidelines and criteria for A-G course requirements

For educators

How to Teach Online: Helpful and specific methods for teachers from Occidental College/World Language Project

UCLA Center X: Framing science-at-home explorations, with links to other great science resources

National Education Association: Teaching resources for discussing Black Lives Matter and principles of social equity with students

UC Irvine Teacher Academy: This site provides a helpful roundup of online educational and other COVID-19 family resources.

Resources for wellness

Greater Good Science Center parenting articles:

UC Davis Health Kids Considered podcast: The latest episode overviews what to expect when school reopens, why healthy children need routine care during the pandemic and more.

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals COVID-19 resources for parents: Learn seven ways to ease kids’ COVID-19 anxieties, plus specialized tips for each age group.

UC San Diego resources for families at home: From childcare providers to educational Netflix recommendations, UC San Diego has compiled a comprehensive resource to support parents during shelter-in-place mandates. 

Visit UCnet for additional educational resources from UC.

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