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Helpful resources to support students during COVID-19

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Supporting our communities during COVID-19

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, educators and organizations have been innovating and sharing the best of what they know about how to support distance learning and student well-being after the sudden closure of schools.

There are so many resources out there, though, it can be overwhelming for teachers and families who are now in the role of facilitating or navigating online classes and assignments with their students and children.

City Year has been drawing on research, what we have learned through our partnership with teachers and principals in 350 public schools across 29 U.S. cities, and the on-the-ground experience of thousands of AmeriCorps members who help create learning environments where students can build on their strengths and fully engage in their learning.

While schools are closed, our team has been leveraging our experience in social-emotional development and the power of relationships to provide additional intensive supports to students as they make sense of this experience and navigate our new, remote learning “normal.”  Over the past month, AmeriCorps members have supported small groups and led enrichment programming for teachers; supported the technology during teacher-led online lessons; created encouraging or instructional videos for students and teachers; and held homework help office hours and yoga classes.

City Year’s tips for virtual learning

Our teams created new City Year tools to match the sudden need for online resources, as well as pulled from high-quality external resources—from Khan Academy to CASEL, from Search Institute to Brain Pop. These include academic resources for English Language Arts, mathematics, science, art and other subjects as well as social-emotional strategies to help students feel a sense of security, connection and continuity during a disruptive time.


Check out City Year’s Virtual Learning and COVID-19: Resources for Teachers and Families, a free online document with tips for diving into distance learning and how to vet online resources; communicating with kids about the pandemic and helping them through it; guidance for using texts online; and subject area resources for students K-12.


“We know that for students to learn and develop, paying attention to their social-emotional well-being is as important as keeping up with math and English Language Arts,” says Sheryl Boris-Schacter, City Year’s vice president of national program design and a former school principal.

“We wanted to make sure that the resources we created and gathered for this document offered concrete strategies and tips for teachers and families that will help them address the holistic needs of the children in their care at an extraordinary time that is uniquely stressful for everyone.”

Learn more about City Year’s holistic approach to student success.

The resource document also includes links to short meditation breaks, fun dance parties and virtual field trips to museums and cultural landmarks to help students focus, reduce stress, get some exercise and explore a wide array of content.

We hope this resource is helpful to teachers, parents, guardians and City Year AmeriCorps members as they work together to support their students during this challenging time.

Feel free to share Virtual Learning and COVID-19: Resources for Teachers and Families with educators and parents/guardians who may find it useful.
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