COVID-19 Resources

The below resources are meant to help leaders “cut through some of the noise” as they figure out how to serve their students and families effectively during school closures. We will continue to update this page with the resources that we think are most relevant.

Articles

Remote Learning

Ingenuity in a Crisis: Inspiring Ideas and Creative Solutions from High-Performing Public Charter Schools During COVID-19
Great public charter schools have leveraged their ingenuity, grit, and crazy thinking to transform how they’re serving kids and families in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. Here are just a few of the genius ideas we’ve seen—to empower students of all ages, celebrate community virtually, and recognize the critical role that parents play in their children’s education.

Remote Learning 2.0: Using Data to Understand What’s Working
As remote learning gets off the ground across the country, the conversation is shifting from “How can we keep teaching?” to “How will we know if it’s working?” Here’s how high-performing public charter schools are leveraging data to assess and improve remote learning during looming school closures.

I See You. I Care. How Can I Help You Grow?
How can we foster the critical teacher-student interactions that we know drive motivation in a classroom – but can be tricky to replicate when remote? Here’s how Achievement First leveraged Zaretta Hammond’s framework for culturally responsive, asset-based feedback to support student learning.

One Week In: Rocketship’s Reflections on Remote Learning
It’s been one week since Rocketship Public Schools launched distance learning. Despite the short turnaround, all 9,634 students are engaged and learning online. Here’s what they’ve learned about effective remote instruction.

When Days Become Weeks: Building Blocks for Strong Remote Learning
In mere days, public schools are going from executing contingency plans to embracing remote learning solutions for a longer haul. Here are a few actionable elements we’ve seen as great organizations plan for the “new normal.”

Approaches to Instruction During School Closure
In the midst of unprecedented school closures, we’ve curated some high-quality instructional resources that public schools are using to navigate these murky educational waters on behalf of students.

First Steps Into Virtual Instruction: Advice From a Pioneer
Gem Prep has run high-performing online and “brick and mortar” public schools for almost a decade. Here’s their powerful advice for other educators taking their first steps into virtual learning.

Leadership and Talent

“What Does Rebirth Look Like?”: Three Lessons for Leading through a Crisis from a New Orleans Leader
“I’ll never forget August 25th, 2005,” said Jamar McKneely, CEO of InspireNOLA Charter Schools, remembering when Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans. “Now there’s a second date in my mind: March 13th, 2020.” Jamar shares three important lessons for leaders in every sector as they support and rebuild their communities through the COVID-19 crisis.

Managing through Screens: Talent Practices for Leaders in this New (Virtual) Reality
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, managers (and employees) in public schools everywhere are moving into remote roles for the first time. Here’s how great networks are helping managers learn to lead in this new (virtual) reality.

Multi-dimensional Teacher Hiring in a 2D World
Without a school to tour or classrooms to teach, high-performing public charter schools are finding creative ways to recruit the best teachers for the 2020-21 school year. Here are a few best practices from across the country.

Family Engagement and Enrollment

Staying Connected: Supporting (and Retaining) Families During COVID-19
It is still unclear when physical school buildings will reopen, and many schools are starting to wonder what to expect for enrollment in the fall. Here’s how great public charter schools support and stay connected with families already enrolled in their schools — and in turn, mitigate potential enrollment issues for the upcoming year.

Join Us for a Virtual School Tour
The COVID-19 crisis has made traditional student recruitment strategies nearly impossible. Here’s how high-performing public charter schools are leveraging digital tools and trying new twists to engage prospective families for the 2020–21 school year.

Finance and Operations

Ring the Bell
It’s budget season for public schools — a stressful time in any school year, but now leaders are faced with the most uncertain budget environment in memory. Here’s what we can learn from the Great Recession, as well as some of COVID-19’s additional financial implications for public schools.

Rapid Deployment: Getting Technology to Students and Families
With remote learning ramping up across the country, public schools are deploying laptops and other technology to students and families. Here are some tips from great organizations to get this done quickly and safely.

Resources

To create a virtual community of practice, school and network leaders can upload and peruse high-quality resources.
While CSGF cannot attest to the accuracy or quality of all of these resources, we hope that this will be a helpful place to crowdsource resources during a dynamic situation.

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