Resources for Remote Teaching and Learning

Working from home may be new for many educators, but you don’t have to struggle through the experience. NAF is opening up our curriculum to everyone during this time of COVID-19 to support CTE teachers in our academies and beyond.

This resource list is focused on great CTE lessons, activities, and resources you can use in a virtual classroom. We plan to update this list regularly as we come across new ideas. Your feedback will help us to develop the next phase of virtual resources and tools. Please take this quick survey to share your thoughts with us. We’ll also enter you in a raffle to win a prize!

Last updated July 20, 2020

    Featured Resources

    The pandemic’s impact will create higher income inequity and significant hardships—especially for women of color, NPowerOrg’s new research report outlines actionable strategies to advance women of color in tech.
    The AU Antiracist Research and Policy Center is proud to partner with First Book and Pizza Hut to present this virtual convening. Featuring National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jason Reynolds, as well as award-winning educator Liz Kleinrock, and AU scholars, this event will support K-12 educators in engaging in effective, courageous conversations about race and social justice.
    Dr. Melissa Crum is an artist, education consultant and diversity practitioner who works with many educators in urban schools. She noticed that many teachers had challenges teaching and relating to students who did not share their same cultural background. So, she worked with a museum educator to create an arts-based professional development series that helps educators think about how they are thinking about their diverse students.

    Resources for Creating Virtual Internship Opportunities

    Providing internship opportunities for this summer has become a challenge as working remotely has become the new normal across the country and resources are reduced across most organizations. These resources highlight recommendations for building an engaging virtual internship for interns and employers.

    From NAF’s Curriculum Library:

    Other Great Resources:

    • ACTE has compiled a great list of distance learning resources for CTE teachers. You can also take advantage of free resources on CTE Learn and communicate with peers through their educator community.
    • The Buck Institute’s myPBLWorks has numerous standards-aligned project ideas you can put into place in your classroom.
    • The California Career Zone is a career exploration system providing career assessment tools and information on over 900 occupations.
    • ConnectEd’s Day at Work series features short videos of many professions – what they do, how they do it, and the path that took them there
    • CTE Online has thousands of lesson plans aligned to CTE, Common Core, and Next Generation Science Standards.
    • Discovery Education is offering lesson plans and project ideas about COVID-19 to help students learn about the science behind viruses.
    • Edutopia builds the capacity of teachers to design and facilitate quality project-based learning.
    • Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.
    • Nepris delivers online talks with industry professionals, and its virtual industry chats are available to everyone through April.
    • Road Trip Nation offers career exploration and advice in a student-friendly format
    • The San Diego County Office of Education content coordinators developed a list of resources specific to subject matter to support distance learning.
    • The United States Census Bureau’s Diversity: Minority Entrepreneurship and the Economy offers a lesson that fosters a discussion on diversity of race, ethnicity, sex, and veteran status through the lens of entrepreneurship.

    Resources for Making an Effective Switch to Remote Teaching

    We’ve gone through our entire curriculum to find our favorite resources that anyone can use!

    1. Workplace Research
    2. Comparing Colleges
    3. Mock and Informational Interviews
    4. Personal and Professional Branding
    5. Social Media
    6. Creating a Professional Online Profile
    7. Business Etiquette
    8. Career Profiles
    9. Elevator Pitch
    10. Personal Motivators
    11. Professionalism
    12. Workplace Safety
    13. Diversity

    NAF’s College and Career Readiness lessons are designed to provide students the strategies and skills for successful entry into college and career.

    The resources linked above are an excerpt from our full curriculum, focused on the best student-centered, self-directed, and future-focused options. There are also rubrics included (where applicable) so students and teachers can gauge student aptitude as they prepare for the future. We hope you enjoy them!

    • 2Revolutions is offering a free toolkit to educators that includes courses, playlists, and resources for people looking to deepen their practice in online/blended learning and project-based learning. They’ve also compiled a resource directory from across the web that can help.
    • ACTE Online‘s Preparing Learners for Career Success is a partnership with Accenture that provides ACTE member institutions and their faculty free access to the rich resources from the Skills to Succeed (S2S) Academy. Available free of charge to CTE educators.
    • Google’s Teach from Home is a temporary hub of information and tools to help teachers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
    • The Highlander Institute’s Planning for Distance Learning is a platform that shares observations and thinking and recommended action steps for distance learning. There is a forum for educators. Will continue to be updated with resources and examples.
    • NEW! Invest in What’s Next: Life After High School is an online mini-course developed by the Federal Reserve Banks of Richmond and San Francisco to help students navigate their first major financial decision: what path to pursue after high school. The course encourages students to explore multiple post-secondary education paths and job options and to think about how investing in their knowledge and skills may contribute to their future well-being.
    • Kinvolved offers remote two-way communications and engagement tracking with translation services, user-license required.
    • Learning Keeps Going is a website with a list of resources including NASA e-clips and activities, STEAM resources for online teaching, articles & tips for equity and access.
    • NewSchools Venture Fund created a list of technology discounts and tools you can access for free, along with other great tips for teaching virtually.
    • The New York Times is offering free digital access for three months for students and teachers. This includes lessons from The Learning Network featuring articles, photos, podcasts and more.
    • Tips on making the switch to teaching online from a group of educators who compiled their lessons learned during the coronavirus outbreak
    • Wide Open Schools is a collection of external sites and resources to support teachers and families.

    From NAF’s Curriculum Library:

    Other Great Resources:

    • Amazon Future Engineer is a comprehensive childhood-to-career program aimed at increasing access to computer science education for children and young adults from underserved and underrepresented communities.
    • Boolean Girl has launched live, online events to help teach students to code, build, invent and animate.
    • Carnegie Mellon has a free online Computer Science Academy courses for high school students — including both a longer course and a “lite” option.
    • Girls Who Code is making CS educational activities available for download free of charge, to anyone who wants to access them.
    • Open P-Tech offers student-facing, asynchronous, free digital learning on the tech skills of tomorrow. 
    • The San Diego County Office of Education content coordinators developed a list of resources specific to subject matter to support distance learning.

    From NAF’s Curriculum Library:

    Other Great Resources:

    • Algebra 1 Math Support can serve as replacement units for the major chapters in a traditional textbook or as supplemental projects to make Algebra I concepts and skills more engaging for all students.
    • AICPA offers a virtual field trip for students to get the chance to visit the wonderful world of accounting — without ever leaving the classroom.
    • Applied Finance Capstone Project example from the Milwaukee Public Schools’ James Madison Academic Campus (a NAF academy)
    • Capital One Future Edge is a free and open digital literacy program that gives everyone access to the digital skills needed for today’s jobs.
    • The Federal Bank of Kansas City Entrepreneurship in the Classroom resources offer activities, lessons & resources for entrepreneurship showcasing business owners and addressing entrepreneurship concepts.
    • The Summer Math Bridge Program introduces students to the process of selecting and using units of appropriate size and type to measure angles, perimeter, area, surface area, and volume.
    • The San Diego County Office of Education content coordinators developed a list of resources specific to subject matter to support distance learning.
    • The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis’ No-Frills Money Skills video series covers a variety of personal finance topics. The brief videos use clear, simple language, and graphic elements so that viewers can better visualize the personal finance content being presented. In the end, they will see how important these concepts are to their everyday lives.

    From NAF’s Curriculum Library:

    Other Great Resources: 

    • Discovery Education is offering lesson plans and project ideas about COVID-19 to help students learn about the science behind viruses and understand individual measures that can be taken to limit exposure and spread.
    • JoVE has made its educational video content available through Jun. 15, 2020. That includes free access to the three types of resources: JoVE Core, a video textbook that covers core concepts in biology and social psychology to improve learning comprehension; JoVE Science Education, a collection of easy-to-understand video demonstrations in eight STEM fields; and Lab Manual, curriculum for introductory biology lab courses.

    From NAF’s Curriculum Library:

    Other Great Resources:

      From NAF’s Curriculum Library:

      NAF Academies of Engineering use curriculum developed by Project Lead The Way, STEM 101, and Paxton/Patterson as described below.

      Other Great Resources:

      • Amazon Future Engineer is providing free online access to sponsored computer science courses in the United States. The company is working with curriculum partner, Edhesive, to grant teachers and students access to these free courses shortly after they complete an online application.
      • Project Lead the Way offers a robust engineering curriculum used by many NAF academies across the country
      • RoboKind, which produces “advanced social robots,” has made a virtual coding course from its robots4STEM Avatar Version available through Jun. 30, 2020.
      • Full Steam Ahead offers complete packages of activities for students in engineering, science, tech & math.
      • Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.
      • JoVE has made its educational video content available through Jun. 15, 2020. That includes free access to the three types of resources: JoVE Core, a video textbook that covers core concepts in biology and social psychology to improve learning comprehension; JoVE Science Education, a collection of easy-to-understand video demonstrations in eight STEM fields; and Lab Manual, curriculum for introductory biology lab courses.
      • Learning Keeps Going is a website with a list of resources including NASA e-clips and activities, STEAM resources for online teaching, articles & tips for equity and access.
      • Paxton/Patterson offers an engineering curriculum focused on mirroring the experience of real-life engineers.
      • The San Diego County Office of Education content coordinators developed a list of resources specific to subject matter to support distance learning.
      • STEM 101’s high school curriculum features thousands of hours of blended-learning curriculum and project-based activities
      • Encyclopedia Britannica is offering all schools and students free access to its “LaunchPacks” science and social studies learning content. The sets are intended for students in K-12 and provide articles, images, videos and primary sources of information, presented in an “engaging interface,” optimized for smart devices. The resources are translated into multiple languages.
      • Follett has waived the cost for current Destiny customers through Jun. 30, 2020 for its “Classroom Ready Collections.” These are pre-K-12 learning standards-aligned, educator-curated open educational resources with lesson plans, activities, videos, and worksheets. The company reported that more than 2,300 free CRC licenses have been activated in less than a week.
      • Gale is offering educators and librarians free access to digital content and resources to enhance instruction and learning. Resources include interdisciplinary, curriculum-aligned resources to support online learning; live and on-demand training materials; e-books on virtual learning; and more.
      • McGraw-Hill has developed an out-of-school learning website to help K-12 teachers make the transition to remote instruction, with product walkthroughs of its many math products and other free resources and videos over the coming days.

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