The Reading Rockets–NEA Guide to Learning at Home

Mother and two daughters working and learning with devices at home

What can families do to help ensure that children keep learning even when schools are closed? Where can educators find the best ideas, materials, and tips for distance learning? We’ve compiled information for families and educators, and we’ll update this page as needed.

National Education Association

This project was developed in partnership with the National Education Association and Colorín Colorado.

Family Activities for Summer

Here are some ideas to keep children engaged with reading, writing, exploring, and learning throughout the summer, whether they're interested in science, art, nature, history, current events, or almost anything else.

Going Back to School During COVID-19: News and Updates

What will school look like during the 2020-2021 school year? Learn more from the following resources, which include news headlines, expert recommendations, and statements from professional organizations. For information related to social-emotional learning and impacts of the crisis, see our related resource page.

Social-Emotional Learning During COVID-19

The coronavirus and other recent events have put an enormous strain on families nationwide. How can educators and parents support children who may be struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, fear, food insecurity, or homelessness as a result of the current crises? And how can schools address trauma related to the pandemic itself, as well as events related to racial injustice and immigration enforcement?

Supporting English Language Learners Through COVID-19: Resources for Educators

How can families and educators address the impacts of school closures and the other ways the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting English language learners? What kinds of support might be helpful during the coming school year?

Online Learning Resources for Educators

Providing high-quality online education has been a huge challenge for America's schools. We've highlighted the best of the best in this resource section to help educators find what you’re looking for more easily.

Supporting Students in Special Education Through COVID-19

How have school closures impacted the delivery of special education services to students across the U.S.? What questions should families and educators be asking to prepare for the coming school year? Which districts have had success in serving their special education population remotely? Find answers to these questions and more in this resource section.

Talking About Racism and Violence: Resources for Educators and Families

The following resources can help promote deeper understanding around the issues of racism and violence. They also can contribute to discussion of these topics with colleagues and students during this difficult time, even at a distance.

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