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DCYF Grantees: Register for Online Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Workshops

Many of the Technical Assistance and Capacity Building workshops you know and love are being offered online during the COVID-19 outbreak. Click to the button below to find out what is on offer and to sign up. Please note that these workshops are only available for current DCYF grantees.

Resources for Affordable Home Internet Access

The obvious downfall of online programming: it’s entirely useless if the people who need it lack internet access. If you or the families you work with are in need of support with affordable internet access, check out these resources:

From SFUSD: Family Technology Information: Internet Access. SFUSD is working with the City & County of San Francisco, community-based organizations, and local philanthropists to expand internet access for students in grades 3-12 who need WiFi to engage in SFUSD’s Distance Learning Plan. In support of SFUSD’s efforts, several Internet providers are offering free and/or low-cost options to SFUSD families.

Getting Online During the Coronavirus Outbreak. List of internet service providers offering low-cost internet services.

Get Connected with Affordable Home Internet Access. Printable flyer from Internet for All Now with guidance in English and Spanish.

Special Focus: Social Emotional Learning

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which people acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Out-of-school-time programs have always been important facilitators of SEL lessons and experiences for children and youth, and this is as important as ever - perhaps more so! - during the COVID outbreak.

The DCYF team has put together SEL resources that we hope you will find useful. We’ve highlighted a few here, and you can find more on our SEL, Wellness, and Trauma-Informed Practices page.

Don’t Forget to Take Care of Yourself! The San Francisco Foundation is hosting Mindful Mondays, a series of virtual mindfulness workshops specifically for Bay Area nonprofit staff. Learn more and register here.

Countering Coronavirus Stigma and Racism: Tips for Teachers and Other Educators. COVID-19 does not recognize race, nationality, or ethnicity. Individuals of Chinese ancestry, or of any other Asian nationality, are not more vulnerable to this illness. Accurate information is essential to allaying anxiety about COVID-19 and ensuring that Asian communities are not unfairly targeted or stigmatized.

Four Core Priorities for Trauma-Informed Distance Learning, from KQED’s Mind/Shift. What trauma-informed teaching looks like varies for different teachers and students. For that reason, Alex Shevrin Venet, a college professor and consultant who facilitates professional development on implementing trauma-informed practices, presents “four core priorities,” rather than “strategies,” for trauma-informed classrooms.

Institute for Social Emotional Learning Tips for Distance Learning. The team at The Institute for Social and Emotional Learning created and curated ideas to address social and emotional needs that students and educators are experiencing. We love their REALM process: Rituals, Energize, Appreciation, Lighten, Mindful.

Microsoft Educator Center’s Supporting School Community Wellbeing During Remote Learning. This guide includes strategies that focus on recreating important social and emotional aspects of school/afterschool life, including culture and interpersonal relationships.

UNESCO Distance Learning Solutions for Social Care and Interaction. List of educational applications, platforms and resources to help facilitate student learning and provide social care and interaction during periods of school closure. Most of the solutions curated are free and many cater to multiple languages.

Online Learning for Service Providers

The COVID-19 outbreak has suddenly thrown us into a new world of learning delivery. We’re right there with you: we have questions, we have frustrations, and we have major concerns, particularly for San Francisco’s least resourced children, youth, and families. But we also see this as a time to strengthen the skills of the people who work with children, youth, and families, and for the creativity and ingenuity of the people who provide services to shine.

We’ve included two paths for service providers on this page: one specifically for DCYF grantees that includes links to online professional development opportunities, and a second that includes resources for any agency that wants to convert educational programming into an online resource for the children, youth, and families you serve.

Resources that Support Distance Learning from the California Department of Education

The California Department of Education has published Resources that Support Distance Learning, a comprehensive list of guidelines, resources, and best practices for educators who are working with children and youth to support remote learning. The guidelines and resources have been broken into three sections, and the buttons below link to all of them.

Remote Learning Guidance I. List of resources including platforms, lesson sharing, tools for students who are English language learners, tools for students with disabilities, resources by content area.

Remote Learning Guidance II. Best practices such as breaking content into chunks, maintaining a consistent “presence” as a teacher, being flexible with pacing, and creating smaller learning groups.

Remote Learning Guidance III. Outlines the key elements of high-quality online coursework, including the need for new response to intervention models, online tutoring, technical support, and counseling.

Other Resources

Catchafire Bay Area. A wealth of information about how to continue nonprofit operations during COVID-19. Webinars, live Q&A sessions, and a Slack group specifically for nonprofit professionals.

CommonLit. Free lesson plans focusing on reading, writing, communication, and problem-solving skills.

Connecting Across Distance - A Coronavirus Cross-Curricular Project Resource. The idea of an interdisciplinary COVID-19 project began with a blog post, morphed into prompts on a Google doc, and it grew. Over 10 days, 140 educators joined a shared document and built this resource. Includes links, videos, sample project plans, and much more.

Digital Resources for English Language Learners. ELLs have unique learning needs and require specialized services to support their language development. has compiled a list of digital resources to help supplement learning at home for ELLs.

Google’s Teach from Home Hub. Excellent guide from Google, the United Nations, and UNESCO about how to teach remotely with and without video calls, how to make lessons accessible for all, how to keep students engaged, and much more.

Illustrative Mathematics. Free resources to plan, implement, and support students’ mathematics education.

Lessons from Around the World: Remote Learning in the Era of Coronavirus. LinkedIn article from Kirk Wheeler, Ed.D that includes ideas, suggestions, tips, and lessons learned.

Khan Academy. Khan Academy’s library of trusted, standards-aligned practice and lessons covers math K-12 through early college, grammar, science, history, AP®, SAT®, and more. It’s all free for learners and teachers.

Learning Keeps Going. COVID-19 is posing unprecedented challenges to educators around the globe. To help you keep the learning going, a coalition of education organizations has curated free tools, strategies and best practices for teaching and learning online.

MBSK-SF Everybody Reads Learning Resources. This initiative is focused on equity and economic inclusion, and is targeted at helping the most vulnerable populations of San Francisco’s youth, by providing them with learning experiences through Google classroom, books, supplies, and online resources. Online resources are offered in a variety of topics, ranging from kid-friendly videos explaining updates from the SF Department of Public Health to how to write an acrostic poem.

PBS LearningMedia. KQED and PBS have curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more. Content available in English and Spanish.

SF Opportunities for All Learning Resources. The SF Human Rights Commission has partnered with the SF Mayor’s Office, HOPE SF, Collective Impact, the SF Public Library, Project Level, and other community partners to share digital tools, academic enrichment, and workforce development resources to support distance learning during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Smithsonian Distance Learning. Access to millions of digital resources from across the Smithsonian's museums, research centers, libraries, archives, and more. Pre-packaged collections that contain lessons, activities, and recommended resources made by Smithsonian museum educators and thousands of classroom teachers. Excellent resources in Spanish on this page.

Support for Families of Children with Disabilities. This page is specifically dedicated to Education resources for children and youth with special needs, and is part of Support for Families’ comprehensive COVID-19 resource guide.

Supporting Students with IEPs During eLearning Days. Resources to support students with IEPs and resources to create and curate accessible educational materials.

Wide Open School. Free collection of PK-5 and grade 6-12 resources and content for parents and educators, from partners like Khan Academy, Google, Boys & Girls Club, and PBS.

Zearn Math. K-5 math curriculum – including 400 hours of digital lessons with on-screen teachers, paper-based materials that can be used without a device, and supportive remediation – available for free during COVID-19 outbreak.

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