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 Strategic Partner Resources to Benefit Superintendents, Teachers & School Districts  

 

WEBINARS/PODCAST

  • Forecast5 Analytics has developed a COVID-19 Resources page to help you address the complex  challenges school districts are facing. Additionally, download our NY Budget Impacts workbook, which will guide you through operational and budget considerations related to COVID-19, and take advantage of insights shared during our “COVID-19 Financial Planning & Communications” webinar hosted in conjunction with NYSCOSS, which focuses on strategies for Superintendents to communicate their financial situations to their Boards and communities. To receive a copy of your district’s customized Economic Profile Report discussed during the webinar, please contact Josh Rader at jrader@forecast5analytics.com.

  • WozEd K12 Superintendent Roundtable: Compassionately Responding and Adapting in 2020 Podcast/ Originally aired on May 11, 2020. 

  • A+Technology & Security Solutions - Pre-Recorded Webinar on School Safety and Security After COVID19. Will the unprecedented nation-wide school shut-down and anxiety over the COVID19 virus crisis cause our students to be more violent when they return to school? Can the stress of the last few months result in potentially violent outbursts from students who may have never been a threat before? Every school must reevaluate their safety and security profile, their policies, protocols, drills, security equipment, staff training and readiness. https://youtu.be/LDhjgbBSJj8 Temperature Detection Cameras for Schools: Implementing the Temperature Detection Camera System in schools can help detect an elevated skin temperature. Custom alerts can be set up to alert the proper personnel when anyone passes through the systems field of view and who's temperature surpasses the normal threshold set.

  • Anonymous AlertsTips for Distance Learning (Webinar Recording): Below is a link to a recording of one of our Distance Learning Webinar Series presentations conducted earlier this spring that discusses tips and observations associated with schools and distance learning. https://youtu.be/YzmlcXsN6xQ  CEO Blog Post about Distance Learning and Student Safety: Recent blog post we distributed as part of our recent client newsletter for the month of June that discusses the environment of distance learning and how K-12 schools, higher edcuation, ect. are adapting to this form of education.  https://anonymousalerts.wordpress.com/2020/06/04/distance-learning-for-the-fall-permanently-or-not-at-all/ 

  • Renaissance Learning presents " Focus Skills Webinar" presented by the NY Renaissance on July 15th at 2:00 pm 

    Focus Skills are—simply put—the building blocks of student learning. Based on extensive research into how learning progresses in reading and mathematics, Focus Skills provide a roadmap for closing learning gaps as you move every student toward greater mastery. Visit the Renaissance Focus Skills Resource Center to learn more: https://www.renaissance.com/focus-skills/ Available resources include: View focus skills for literacy and math by state; Download the Focus Skills Research Brief and Register for the Focus Skills Webinar on July 15 at 2:00pm ET

    Danforth's School Facilities COVID-19 Response Webinar Recordinghttps://www.dropbox.com/s/ixvfq4ywmkeolw0/6-25-20%20Webinar-20200625%201400-1.mp4?dl=0

FREE RESOURCES TO ASSIST SCHOOL DISTRICTS WITH RETURN 

  • Signature Partner Education Elements has been proud to partner with over ten districts across the country for the past month to begin to develop return to school plans. We partner with districts to: assemble a responsive return planning team, develop several potential scenarios for return with knowns vs. unknowns and a checklist of triggers/dependencies for activating each scenario, and to prototype systems, processes, and actions if each scenario is activated. To learn more, check out our recently released guide to Return Planning or contact us at info@edelements.com.

FREE VIRTUAL EXPERIENCES

  1. Diamond Partner EF Education First has developed a Virtual Experiences Toolkit - a digital toolkit of resources that EF has created and curated for educators to utilize with the goal of helping to connect them and their students to the world. This toolkit is filled with stories, lessons, and digital resources from EF staff, Tour Directors, partners, and educators across the country.  Two of our most popular resources are this 360° Virtual Tour of the Panama Canal, narrated by an EF tour director, complete with follow-up activities for students and these Immersion Challenges that are filled with quick prompts to help students explore their little corner of the universe, and find a new way of looking at the things, people, and places they see every day. Questions Contact: Michele Ahouse: michele.ahouse@ef.com

FREE TOOLS AND SERVICES 

  1. Signature Partner Infinite Campus is offering free LMS Tools through June 2020 and has other great resources for superintendents to pass along to their teachers.

  2. Signature Partner Navigate Prepared is offering no-cost access to their Behavioral Threat Assessment Solutions and free access to their COVID-19 Flipchart Guide

  3. Signature Partner NWEA just released their latest research brief, “The COVID-19 slide: What summer learning loss can tell us about the potential impact of school closures on student academic achievement.”  NWEA is committed to supporting districts this fall with MAP Growth licenses whether you are testing remotely or in the classroom. Having accurate data in the hands of your educators at the beginning of the school year will allow them to know where each student is academically and ultimately close learning gaps. If you’d like to have a discussion on how NWEA can help your district build a strong restart plan, please contact NYteam@nwea.org.  For more resources, visit our library of webinars

  4. Free Trial of Signature Partner SuperEval for NYSCOSS members through August 1st. In an effort to support you though uncertain times, SuperEval is offering NYSCOSS members the opportunity to try their online evaluation tool for free until August 1st. Members may try the school board self-evaluation or superintendent evaluation complimentary. If you are already a SuperEval user, you may add evaluations for your leadership team at no additional cost until August 1st.   For more information, or to take advantage of this special offer, please email info@SuperEval.com.

  5. Signature Partner Thoughtexchange providing Free-to-all Access during COVID-19 crisis. Any organization can visit www.thoughtexchange.com and gain free access to the platform to ask questions relevant to the COVID-19 outbreak. There are no strings attached and no limits put in place on participant numbers or the amount of questions able to be asked relating to COVID-19. Free access to the platform will remain open indefinitely. Sign up:  https://www.thoughtexchange.com/keep-people-connected/

  6. Signature PartnerWestEd made a commitment to extending our support for NYWe are fortunate to lead the federally-funded Region 2 Comprehensive Center supporting NYSED with HS Graduation Measures, Reopening Task Force, Strengthening Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Education, and Computer Science/ Digital Fluency Standards. We have applied the principles of our Center on School Turnaround and Improvement to successfully partner with a number of NY schools on their quest to return to good standing on NYSED accountability lists. We welcome you to check out our high-quality, online, professional development and support or to consider administering the Four Domains School Improvement CALL survey to gather baseline data around adult practices in one or more of your schools. For more information: Dr. Terry Hofer, 585-503-3862, thofer@wested.org.

  7. As K–12 and higher education institutions around the world adopt remote learning, Diamond Partner Apple has new resources to support you.There are curated collections in the App Store featuring remote learning apps for institutions and educatorsapps to learn and study from home, and apps that work with Schoolwork.

  8. Gold Partner The College Board is providing AP Central that highlights AP Updates for schools impacted by Coronavirus. In addition, AP students can still take this year’s exam, even though schools are closed. The College Board is offering at-home digital testing and free, online review courseswww.youtube.com/advancedplacementThe College Board is working to help students with connectivity issues get access to the tools they need to use the practice resources and take the test. More information is available at www.cb.org/coronavirusAPstudents.

  9. Gold Partner Discovery Education is offering free access to the Discovery Education Experience to those schools and school systems currently experiencing closures. Complete this Experience Access Request Form to request access.  

  10. Gold Partner EAB has created a compilation of access to major public health organizations, education associations, crisis plans and communication templates, and also lists what others are doing in real-time to respond to the crisis. Link here for details. 

  11. Gold Partner McGraw Hill Education offering's are:  Free K-12 resources to help support distance learning: https://www.mheducation.com/prek-12/explore/community-support/free-resources.html  Curriculum and Platform Training: https://www.mheducation.com/prek-12/explore/product-trainings.html  We are updating this site weekly with new trainings, especially those focused on remote learning. Complete support for remote and distance learning: https://www.mheducation.com/prek-12/explore/remote-learning.html   

  12. Gold Partner PowerMyLearning is offering Free Family Playlists® to schools and districts impacted by school closures through August 2020. Family Playlists are mobile-friendly, multilingual learning assignments that have students “teach” their families a concept by completing a fun, collaborative activity together.  Learn  more: https://powermylearning.org/learn/covid-19-update/ A special online workshop for teachers free of charge called “Strategies to Boost Student and Family Engagement During School Closures.” Customizable online workshops for families in English and Spanish to engage them in preventing student learning loss during the spring and summer. Learn more: https://powermylearning.org/learn/workshops 

  13. Silver Partner Allovue is providing free Community Allocation Response Team Services (CARTS)  to support districts nationwide procure and deliver resources to students and staff during closures, model resource allocation scenarios to prepare for revenue changes as a consequence of the crisis, and provide guidance to help districts decide what happens next

  14. NY superintendents have been sharing with us that one of the biggest challenges is making your community feel safe and well-informed going into summer and fall. SchoolCEO put together an entire magazine on what it takes to communicate in times of crisis. https://www.schoolceo.com/covid-19/ For more on what savvy superintendents are doing to take control of your message, reach out at apptegy.com/schedule

  15. Silver Partner Better Lesson's instructional coaches have compiled a collection of tips, resources, and recommendations  to support educators in planning and implementing remote learning. They are also offering a free Interactive Virtual Learning session

  16. Silver Partner clevr: For a limited time, clevr forms is offering to automate one manual form at no cost to NY districts.  If you are a clevr client, we'll add it to the list of forms in your clevr platform.  If you're not a client, we'll build the form in a sandbox.  We've never met a form we couldn't automate!  Watch our video to learn more about clevr and to share your form with us:  https://share.vidyard.com/watch/m8pjWd8YURf4GUVsRJrAgm

  17. Silver Partner Danforth has a Benchmark Report Card Program that is being offered at no cost where Danforth's team would evaluate and “grade” a School District’s facility infrastructure needs for self-funding upgrade opportunities.   

  18. Silver Partner Dream Box Learning member districts will receive free Dreambox licenses until the end of the June 2020. 

  19. Silver Partner eSpark Learning is offering free accounts (no credit cards or commitments) to support ongoing student learning at home. eSpark differentiates K-5 reading and math with activities kids love, and is a great way for students to be challenged at a level that's right for them! For administrators looking to start a free school trial link here! Parents can sign up free here

  20. Silver Partner Edgenuity provides online and blended learning solutions for students in grades K-12 including core and credit recovery courses, intervention and test readiness programs, virtual instruction, and professional development. Our solutions propel student success, empower teachers to deliver effective instruction, and enable schools to meet their academic goals. Learn more at Edgenuity.com

  21. Silver Partner Intralogic Solutions is helping districts to protect buildings and deter crime by providing two weeks of 24/7 no-cost Event Driven Remote Camera Monitoring to all current clients. These services provide important piece of mind and, should an incident occur the District contact(s) will be notified immediately. Read more about this service here! 

  22. To assist in distance learning measures, Silver Partner Legends of Learning is offering free access to all of our premium features through the end of the school year 

  23. Silver Partner Mind Research Institute is offering free access to ST Math until the end of the  school year. The free access will last until July and can be used at home or in school. 

  24. Silver Partner Rethink Ed is committed to supporting social-emotional wellness as we begin to Re-Imagine, Re-Start, Re-Focus, and ReCover from COVID-19 by providing districts with preventative health measures tool kit that includes webinars, whitepapers, tips and strategies for supporting your entire community during this time of uncertainty. They have developed online resources for families

REDUCED COSTS TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS

  1. Signature Partner Social Sentinel wants to help our New York State districts by offering access to their full language analytics platform at significantly reduced cost. If you are interested then please contact at gmargolis@socialsentinel.com or 802-861-1377.

  2. Gold Partner ClassLink created ClassLink Lite to provide essential remote learning tools that will help institutions make the switch in less than 90 minutes. ClassLink Lite will be available through August 2020 and the $995 cost includes setup, training, support, and license. No other fees apply for ClassLink Lite.

  3. Silver Partner iTutor is offering their virtual academy to school districts at a very low cost until June 2020. In this model, districts can use the iTutor platform (whiteboard) to bring information their administration, teachers, and students. 

SEE ADDITIONAL RESOURCES 

Strategic Partners
  • BBS Architects, Landscape Architects, Engineers, P.C.
  • C&S Companies
  • Campus Construction Management Group, Inc.
  • Core BTS, Inc.
  • CSArch
  • Day Automation
  • Education Elements
  • EveryDay Labs
  • Ferrara Fiorenza PC
  • Infinite Campus
  • K12 Insight
  • NaviGate Prepared
  • New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR)
  • Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA)
  • SEI Design Group
  • SuperEval
  • Thoughtexchange
  • Utica National Insurance Group
  • WestEd