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COVID-19 Resources for Educators and Families

Published: 7/13/2020 12:47 PM

Video Series to Help Educators Prepare to Address Academic Gaps When Schools Restart

This video series offers guidance on next steps for how educators can plan and prepare for addressing knowledge gaps due to extended remote learning as a result of the COVID-19 emergency. Stage one addresses drafting and adjusted curriculum and was released in the spring of 2020 and stage two addresses meeting learners' academic needs and was released in the summer of 2020.

Academic Re-entry Stage One: Drafting an Adjusted Curriculum

Each different part outlined in the COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools Academic Re-entry, Stage One: Drafting an Adjusted Curriculum document is discussed in a webcast.

Academic Re-entry Stage Two: Meeting Learners' Academic Needs 

Each different part outlined in the COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools - Academic Re-entry, Stage Two: Meeting Learners' Academic Needs document is discussed in an accompanying video.


NTI Program Guidance Document

The following non-traditional instruction (NTI) program guidance includes information and essential questions concerning instruction that can guide thinking as districts leaders, administrators and teachers address the needs of students.

Considerations for Instruction


Helpful Tools for Evaluating Online Instructional Resources

Schools and districts are currently being provided increased access to digital resources. To ensure our students continue to have access to high-quality, standards-aligned instruction, schools and districts can use Instructional Resource Alignment Rubrics and Assignment Review Protocols to evaluate how well online instructional resources align to the Kentucky Academic Standards.

Instructional Resource Alignment Rubrics are meant to evaluate curriculum and are available for reading and writing, mathematics, social studies, science, health education and physical education, and visual and performing arts.

Assignment Review Protocols are meant to evaluate individual assignments and are available for reading and writing, mathematics and social studies. This video provides guidance for using the Assignment Review Protocol.


Standards Family Guides Help Families Understand Grade Level Content

Now is a great time for schools and districts to share the Standards Family Guides with families.

Here is a sample message you can use to share this resource with families:

Want to Learn More About Grade Level Expectations? Check out the Standards Family Guides!

The Kentucky Academic Standards (KAS) Family Guideswere developed by the Kentucky Department of Education to help families familiarize themselves with the content of each grade level’s standards. Each grade level guide contains a standards overview for reading and writing, mathematics, science and social studies that includes suggestions for ways you can incorporate learning into your daily activities. Now more than ever, the Standards Family Guides are a great resource to help you meet your child’s learning needs!


Virtual Curriculum Design and Implementation Guidance Session Now Available

In order to provide equitable learning environments for all students, it is important for schools and districts to translate the Kentucky Academic Standards into a guaranteed and viable curriculum.

The "Curriculum Design and Implementation Guidance Leadership Session" focuses on building an understanding of the role of standards, curriculum and instructional resources, as well as the components of a curriculum development process outlined in the revised Model Curriculum Framework. The session also provides an overview of resources available to support schools and districts as they develop and revise standards-aligned curriculum at the local level.

To participate, view the "Curriculum Design and Implementation Guidance" session video and use the accompanying materials in the March 2020 Leadership Meeting materials folder. EILA credit is available for this opportunity.


Online Professional Learning and Instructional Resources

Many of Kentucky’s education partners have generously created lists of online instructional resources to assist educators and families during this time of extended remote learning. The Online Professional Learning and Instructional Resources document contains links for both instructional support and professional growth and will be updated regularly.  These resources have not all been vetted by the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), nor should this be considered an endorsement. Educators should be mindful of digital resources that require teachers or students to create online accounts. Please check with district policies and consider HIPPA, FERPA, and COPPA laws with regards to student privacy BEFORE implementing any of these resources.


Please email the Standards team if you have any questions.


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