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Evidence-Based Resources in the Time of COVID-19

Updated: Nov 11, 2020

In response to COVID-19, the 10 Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs)  have collaborated to produce a series of evidence-based resources and guidance about teaching and learning in a remote environment.

Educators, districts, and parents alike are beginning to wonder the same thing: what research is there to guide us in how we can best support learners during COVID-19? A likely follow-up question to that may be: are there any evidence-based resources that can help me? Luckily, we have some good news in 2020 and the answer is out! The ten Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs), whose purpose is to conduct applied research and trainings to support a more evidence-based education system, have collaborated to produce a series of resources and guidance about teaching and learning in a remote environment.

We’ve taken a close look at their findings and here is a curated list of articles that contain strategies educators and families may find particularly useful this fall:

Meaningful online education for our youngest learners: Tips to reconcile the need for e-learning with how young children learn best

This article acknowledges how difficult this new learning environment is for students-especially younger ones and provides several helpful tips to cope. One especially helpful strategy recommends not just looking for learning apps, but making sure to choose ones that promote the 4 pillars of learning. Read more here.

Three Steps for Using Culturally Responsive Practices to Support Equity During Remote Learning

This article breaks down 3 key steps to implement culturally responsive practices in a community during a pandemic and remote learning. The three steps include: Developing a vision for educational equity in your community, identifying specific culturally responsive practices to support vulnerable student groups, and reflecting on the effectiveness of your approaches using data. Read the full article for examples and actions you can take that connect to these key steps.

Keeping Pace: Strategies for Ensuring Equitable Continuity of Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic

What can schools do to ensure that students continue to progress academically whether at home or on campus? This fact sheet (see image to the right) highlights evidence-based and promising practices that districts can consider as they develop learning plans. Access the article and fact sheet here.

Supporting Positive At-Home Behaviors Among Elementary Students

Parents, this one is for you! Learn 5 behavior strategies that you can implement to support at home learning. Even better, research suggests that moving through the behavior strategies in order will lead to increased academic achievement and help 80–90 percent of students successfully learn in a home or school environment. Read the full article here.

Trauma-informed strategies to support students’ transition back to school in the COVID era

For many students, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a considerable social and emotional toll. This article shares 5 strategies to help students transition back to school in the era of COVID-19 and it also includes a helpful fact sheet summary as well. (Link to Article)

The research is here and can guide us. Let’s ensure we use it to navigate this time and help our students succeed. We are here to partner with you along the way:

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