Resource Guide- Educational Resources & Covid-19 Information
Resources for Responding to Current Events
NEW on the PBS Teachers Lounge: Supporting One Another After Crisis
The PBS NewsHour Extra site includes student and teacher resources related to the recent current events in America.
PBS LearningMedia has early learning resources from Sesame Street In Communities, Difficult Times & Tough Talks sub-collection:
- Community Violence | Sesame Street in Communities
- Trauma | Sesame Street in Communities
- Offering Comfort | Sesame Street in Communities
MEET THE HELPERS is designed to introduce children to community helpers and practice emergency preparedness.
Professional Development Resources
Learn & Plan with PBS- Washington's PBS member stations have teamed up to bring you monthly virtual sessions so you can learn about how to use PBS LearningMedia resources for your distance, hybrid or in-classroom teaching and collaborate with other teachers during the breakout to explore the resources and build lessons. PBS member station staff will be on hand to help you navigate the site and answer questions. Up to 3 clock hours can be earned for each session you attend.
The third PBS Teacher Planning Kit for New School Routines is available, which is filled with eight weeks worth of relevant resources, free professional learning opportunities and learn at home content to support your students’ families. Topics included in this kit: election and civic participation. Appropriate for all teachers PreK-grade 12.
There will be a webinar on January 14 to review its contents and discuss implementation. Everyone with a PBS LearningMedia account will receive email notifications about the kits and webinars, so make sure you've signed up!
Self-Paced Virtual Learning: Social-Emotional Development: 3 courses designed to support early childhood teachers’ and caregivers’ understanding of the social-emotional learning and development of young children. Pre-K & Early Elementary.
- Challenging Behaviors in Early Childhood
- Designing Early Childhood Classrooms for Social-Emotional Learning
- Engaging with Families and Communities to Support Social-Emotional Learning
Tools for Anti-Racist Teaching- 4 part recorded webinar series; Deepening Your Understanding of Race and Racism; Using Media to Know Better, Teach Better; Amplify Student Voice; Focusing on Young Learners
Teaching About Racism, Civil Rights & Diversity
Click HERE to visit our dedicated page with educational resources to help parents and educators talk to and teach children about racism and civil rights.
KCTS 9 Science and Nature Page
Click HERE to visit our dedicated page featuring science and nature programming, Crosscut science and environment coverage and fun science experiments to try at home.
Distance Learning Resources for PreK-12 Educators
PBS LearningMedia offers educators a variety of features that support distance learning, including easy searching by grade level, curriculum area and state and national standards, as well as integration with Schoology, Google Classroom, Remind and more.
PBS LearningMedia Virus Information & Prevention Collection: This collection of resources helps PreK-12 educators teach the nature of viruses (including novel coronavirus), how they are transmitted and the healthy habits we can all engage in to prevent their spread.
PreK-12 Resources for New School Routines: As teachers, students, and families enter an uncertain school year with new routines, both in-person and virtual, PBS LearningMedia offers this special collection of flexible resources to support learning from anywhere. Find videos, self-paced Interactive lessons, printable activities, and more. This collection is also available in Spanish.
The “Ken Burns in the Classroom” hub includes many of the award-winning films of Ken Burns and Florentine Films in their entirety. The full-length films support teachers and students with distance learning.
All PBS member stations in Washington and WORLD Channel, in partnership with PBS LearningMedia, are broadcasting At-Home-Learning programs for grades 6-12 Monday – Friday, 9 am - 2 pm. These daily, free, over-the-air broadcasts feature the best in public media science, history and other educational programming. Find KCTS 9's WORLD Channel schedule here, with linked support resources on PBS LearningMedia. The channel is also now available for live streaming on the KCTS 9 website.
Webinar: “Distance Learning with PBS LearningMedia” Recording of a one-hour PBS professional learning event for PreK-12 educators that includes tips and techniques to support distance instruction.
Find tutorials that satisfy many of your burning questions on how to make the most of PBS LearningMedia.
Ask Dr. Universe is a series of short animated videos from WSU and fellow PBS affiliate Northwest Public Broadcasting. Dr. Universe answers audience-sourced science questions.
Spanish with Esmerelda, from fellow PBS affiliate Northwest Public Broadcasting, will help kids build their vocabulary with short, fun and engaging videos. ¡Empezemos!
Resources for Children and Families
PBS KIDS offers a variety of free resources to support families and caregivers, including a 24/7 channel with anytime access to trusted educational series for kids ages 2-8 (check local listings) and the following digital tools.
- PBS KIDS Video: Available on mobile, tablet and connected TV devices, PBS KIDS offers on-demand educational videos and a livestream of the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel. No subscription is required.
- PBS KIDS Games App: Includes nearly 200 educational games, which can be downloaded for offline play anytime, anywhere. Learn more about this and PBS KIDS’ other apps at pbskids.org/apps.
- PBS KIDS for Parents: A robust website with information, activities and tips for parents, including resources for talking with kids about coronavirus, encouraging healthy habits, managing worried feelings and supporting playful learning at home.
- PBS KIDS Daily Newsletter: A new weekday newsletter with videos, games, related offline activities and tips parents can use to keep their children playing and learning at home.
- The PBS KIDS Facebook page and YouTube channel host read-along videos by authors and celebrities including Michelle Obama.
Bright by Text is a free tool for parents and caregivers of children under 8 to make your jobs just a little easier. Sign up to receive free tips, learning games and activities sent straight to your phone!
Sesame Street in Communities has resources to help support caregivers in their efforts to keep kids healthy, provide learning opportunities and help them face challenges big and small.
Meet the Helpers is a website designed to teach children about important community helpers so they are better prepared in emergency situations.
When Something Scary Happens is a website with resources to help families cope in emergencies and other challenging times.
"Life's Little Lessons" is a collection of resources designed for early childhood care providers, based on DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD. This is a robust offering that offers lessons, activity sheets, take-home materials, and video (English and Spanish).
Latest News and Information on Coronavirus
Crosscut Digital News & Resources
- Crosscut Coronavirus news hub: Crosscut’s news hub for everything Coronavirus related
- How you can help people in need during coronavirus: We’ve rounded up a few suggestions of ways you can share your cash, time and supplies with organizations in Washington state.
- Be a Neighbor: Look for info at the bottom of Crosscut’s coronavirus stories to help you or your organization find volunteers or find places that need them.
- Submit your questions here and our reporters may answer them. What questions do you have about Washington's coronavirus outbreak? What are you doing to prepare yourself or your community? What concerns do you still need answers about? We want to hear from you.
PBS Digital News & Resources
- PBS NewsHour Novel Coronavirus Web Portal: This website contains breaking news coverage on the novel coronavirus.
- PBS’s “What You Should Know About the Novel Coronavirus” Visit this web portal for evolving coverage and important background information.
- NOVA: How Serious is the Coronavirus? Video: A short video from NOVA examines what medical experts know—and don't know—about the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease it causes, called COVID-19.
Additional Learning Opportunities
- Seattle Symphony
- Pacific Northwest Ballet
- Pacific Science Center
- Seattle Aquarium
- Point Defiance Zoo
- Seattle Art Museum
- Burke Museum
Other Organizations Sharing Resources
Health & Government Sites