COVID-19 Resources

Navigating School Closure

For educators and parents alike, the abrupt mandates for school closure during the COVID-19 pandemic can be daunting. To help facilitate this transition, Marshall Street has created a virtual resource toolkit for those facing school closures. Together, we can turn this crisis into an opportunity to build more robust systems and structures that better serve our nation’s young people — both in school and at home.

Accommodations in Special Education

  • Accommodations & Modifications
    Accommodations & Modifications, Spring 2020
    Accommodations & Modifications, Spring 2020

    General Education and Special Education teachers alike may be wondering, what accommodations and modifications can be transferred to the virtual setting?

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  • Progress Monitoring
    Progress Monitoring, Spring 2020
    Progress Monitoring, Spring 2020

    What progress are students with disabilities making towards their IEP goals, and how can this inform planning? A compilation of guidance from educators in the field.

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  • Small Group Instruction
    Small Group Instruction, Spring 2020
    Small Group Instruction, Spring 2020

    Small group instruction remains a vital tool for student learning and progress towards IEP goals. Learn how educators can continue to provide small group virtual instruction.

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  • Virtual IEP Meetings
    Virtual IEP Meetings, Spring 2020
    Virtual IEP Meetings, Spring 2020

    How can Special Educators conduct IEP meetings during this time? Guidance from Special Educators in the field.

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Accessibility in the Virtual Environment

  • Accessible Virtual Learning Environments
    Accessible Virtual Learning Environments, Spring 2020
    Accessible Virtual Learning Environments, Spring 2020

    Discover our top tips for creating accessible virtual learning environments for students with disabilities.

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  • Connecting All Students
    Connecting All Students, Spring 2020
    Connecting All Students, Spring 2020

    This document presents strategies on connecting with students who have limited access to technology.

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  • Device Access & Broadband
    Device Access & Broadband, Spring 2020
    Device Access & Broadband, Spring 2020

    What are low-cost options for Broadband internet connectivity, devices for home learning, and grant opportunities for schools?

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  • Directory of CMO Handbooks
    Directory of CMO Handbooks, Spring 2020
    Directory of CMO Handbooks, Spring 2020

    Amid the uncertainty, school leaders may also be wondering, how are other schools responding to the crisis? We assembled a directory for how different networks are managing a variety of functions.

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  • Distributing Technology
    Distributing Technology, Spring 2020
    Distributing Technology, Spring 2020

    Virtual learning presents significant challenges in equity, accessibility, and access. What are best practices for distributing technology?

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  • Zoom Best Practices
    Zoom Best Practices, Spring 2020
    Zoom Best Practices, Spring 2020

    As schools seek ways to provide instructional continuity, Zoom has become a widely adopted solution despite security and privacy concerns. We provide tips for virtual live class delivery.

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Engaging Students & Families from Home

  • Check for Understanding
    Check for Understanding, Spring 2020
    Check for Understanding, Spring 2020

    During the course of virtual class delivery, educators can conduct checks for understanding with their students to inform next steps for instruction.

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  • Data Tools
    Data Tools, Spring 2020
    Data Tools, Spring 2020

    What kinds of data are schools tracking and how are they doing it in a virtual environment? Educators and school leaders can leverage data tools to assess student engagement and ability in the virtual environment.

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  • Family Engagement
    Family Engagement, Spring 2020
    Family Engagement, Spring 2020

    How can educators and administrators assist families with the transition to home learning? This guide is designed specially for parents and educators.

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  • Grief and Loss
    Grief and Loss, Spring 2020
    Grief and Loss, Spring 2020

    We recognize this is an extremely challenging time in the U.S. for pandemic-related tragedy. To that end, we are sharing tips for educators in our many communities whose students and families are dealing with grief and loss.

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  • Low-Incidence Support
    Low-Incidence Support, Spring 2020
    Low-Incidence Support, Spring 2020

    Creating consistent structures and routines is critical for students who have exceptional needs. We share guidelines for at-home low-incidence support.

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  • SEL Curricula
    SEL Curricula, Spring 2020
    SEL Curricula, Spring 2020

    Now more than ever, ensuring strong Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) programming for students is critical. In this guide, we compare popular curriculum offerings for middle and high school students.

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  • Student Collaboration
    Student Collaboration, Spring 2020
    Student Collaboration, Spring 2020

    In both General Education and Small Group settings, how can educators support student collaboration virtually?

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  • Student Engagement
    Student Engagement, Spring 2020
    Student Engagement, Spring 2020

    This guide contains practical methods for teachers to maintain relationships, boost attendance, and monitor engagement during school closure.

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Resources for Parents

  • At-Home Activities
    At-Home Activities, Spring 2020
    At-Home Activities, Spring 2020

    With school closures, social distancing, and self-isolation, parents across the country are trying to keep their families safe and sane. We provide bite-sized activities for parents now playing the roles of teacher, parent, and employee.

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  • Community Resources
    Community Resources, Spring 2020
    Community Resources, Spring 2020

    This curated list of community resources features educational, entertainment, media, and health and wellness tips.

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  • Parenting Tools
    Parenting Tools, Spring 2020
    Parenting Tools, Spring 2020

    We know there is a lot of advice out there for parents right now. To cut through the noise, we’ve created practical tools that bring the tips to life in your home, and create routine for you and your kids.

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Summer Planning and Beyond

  • Back-to-School Academics
    Back-to-School Academics, Fall 2020
    Back-to-School Academics, Fall 2020

    School closures have interrupted learning for millions of students. This guide provides guidance on short- and long-term planning, data resources, and CARES Act funding to address the challenges of COVID slide.

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  • Back-to-School Special Education
    Back-to-School Special Education, Fall 2020
    Back-to-School Special Education, Fall 2020

    For students in Special Education who are returning to school in the fall, educators can provide specialized support transitioning between grade-levels, learning environments, and compliance documentation.

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  • Back-to-School Wellbeing
    Back-to-School Wellbeing, Fall 2020
    Back-to-School Wellbeing, Fall 2020

    Having a coordinated plan for social-emotional learning (SEL) can set the stage for positive student and educator outcomes following the uncertainty of school closures.

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  • Closing Celebrations
    Closing Celebrations, Spring 2020
    Closing Celebrations, Spring 2020

    How can administrators and educators facilitate the school-year close-out virtually? Faced with prolonged school closures, district and site teams around the country are seeking creative solutions to end-of-year planning.

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  • Educator Growth
    Educator Growth, Summer 2020
    Educator Growth, Summer 2020

    What professional development (PD) structures exist during COVID-19? Virtual coaching, feedback, and teacher collaboration have not gone away; these structures have simply taken on a virtual format.

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  • End-of-Year Grading
    End-of-Year Grading, Spring 2020
    End-of-Year Grading, Spring 2020

    In the new distance learning environment, educators are grappling with the dual challenges of grading and assessment. How can teachers ensure equity and rigor in end-of-year grades?

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  • Funding Contingency Plans
    Funding Contingency Plans, Fall 2020
    Funding Contingency Plans, Fall 2020

    How can Special Education and funding decision-makers plan for 2020-21 when state, federal, and local contexts remain uncertain?

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  • Graduation Transitions
    Graduation Transitions, Spring 2020
    Graduation Transitions, Spring 2020

    For high school seniors, graduation is a defining time. How can school site teams support students with disabilities as they embark on their first postsecondary steps in the COVID context?

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About Marshall Street

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    Marshall Street Initiatives is a coalition of educators working to systematically improve opportunities for students across the country. Drawing from 15+ years of institutional knowledge at Summit Public Schools, we target locally felt, globally evident problems to deliver on the original promise of charter schools: to bring equitable solutions to all public schools.

    The resources here represent a fraction of our work in public education. As our work evolves, we will continue to refresh this page with new and updated resources.

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    Prepared Parents supports parents in their day-to-day parenting, readying their kids to pursue the life they want to lead. Learn more about our initiative for parents at the Prepared Parents website.

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    General Resources

    Building better schools and educational programs can be lonely work. Visit our general resources page to see our nascent library of white papers, frameworks, and the science behind what we do.

    Beyond COVID-19