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COVID-19 Response

In response to COVID-19, REL West is working to provide evidence-based resources and guidance about teaching and learning in a remote environment, as well as other considerations for education during the pandemic. The resources below are organized by topic and will be added to as we respond to the needs of educators in our region. 

You can also access the Regional Educational Laboratory network's COVID-19 resource page which includes guidance and information from all 10 of the RELs.

Distance and At-Home Learning

COVID-19 Resources Memo: Where can teachers, caregivers, and parents find free digital resources to support early math learning?

Read an interview with leaders of the Parent Institute for Quality Education, a family engagement and empowerment organization in California.

Webinar Archive: Engaging Parents and Students from Diverse Populations in the Context of Distance Learning

Hear from researchers and practitioners about promising practices to engage students and their families during school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Blog: How "Classrooms on Wheels" Continue to Reach Rural Preschoolers During the Pandemic

Read how staff in rural Nevada are ensuring kindergarten readiness and pivoting their programming during the pandemic.

Early Childhood

COVID-19 Resources Memo: Where can teachers, caregivers, and parents find free digital resources to support early math learning?

Access digital games, handouts, and ideas for teaching foundational math skills during everyday activities.

Video: Interactive Readalouds: Learning from books together

In this video, a professional development facilitator shares tips for asking effective questions during readalouds and discussions of books, models the readaloud process, and introduces a readaloud planning template.

Health, Safety, and Well-Being

Webinar Archive: Strategies for Educators to Support the Social and Emotional Needs of Students Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Demand for Racial Justice: Plans for Reopening Schools

Panelists shared evidence-based information about social and emotional competencies that educators can use to rebuild conditions of success for students.

Blog: School Social Work in the Time of COVID-19: When Human-Centered Work Moved Online

Read how school social workers in the San Francisco Bay Area manage their professional responsibilities during school closures.

Blog: Culturally Affirming Care for Rural Students During the Pandemic: A Karuk Perspective

Read our blog post on how a social worker provides culturally responsive, trauma-informed supports for children in the Karuk tribe, in rural California.

Blog: Supporting Students at a Distance: A Discussion with Two Rural School Psychologists on Challenges and Opportunities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Perspectives from two rural school psychologists as they navigate school building closures and consider the return to in-person learning.

Parents and Families

COVID-19 Resources Memo: How can educators engage families in at-home learning and provide support to them during these challenging times?

Find resources for at-home learning, family engagement strategies, and tips for parents.

Blog: Engaging Parents and Students from Diverse Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Learn about our recent webinar and hear from the presenters about some of the main takeaways to consider for supporting students and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Remote Learning Strategies

COVID-19 Resources Memo: How can districts promote a safe and secure digital learning environment?

Learn how educators and families can support student safety online in three key areas.

Ask a REL: Evaluating Digital, Virtual, Online, and Blended Teaching

This Ask A REL memo from REL West includes research citations and resources on evaluating digital, virtual, online, and blended teaching, and on educator evaluation in the era of COVID-19.