Resources for LRA Members: Response to Covid-19

In the March Newsletter, we asked you to gather resources that we can share with one another as we move our university teaching &/or research online. We are pleased to announce that our first round of results have been collected. 

During this challenging time, we want to make sure that we are presenting useful information to our members, K-12 literacy learners, teachers, parents, principals and policymakers.  If you have already taken the survey, but have recently learned of new resources, please feel free to complete the Call for Colleagues survey again. 

Results will be pulled and uploaded each week on Monday.


Available Resources

Updated on: 7/14/2020

Q1. Teaching Resources for online university teaching (@ 60-word max. per resource)

  1. Pear Deck Pear Deck is an educational technology company offering a webbased application to K-12 schools and teachers. “Pear Deck Slides are very similar to a PowerPoint or Google Slides presentation. But instead of simply static, informational slides, you get to create Interactive Slides that let every student respond to your questions or prompts. When you present your Deck, students get a unique Join Code to enter your presentation right from their own devices.” EPIC Educators Resource: Epic! Read Amazing Children’s Books Project Epic! on your interactive whiteboard to teach a specific skill or strategy. 3. Use non-fiction books for research projects, such as reports on animals. 4. Students create a "wish list" of books and then partner up to explain that list. 5. Epic! is perfect for Read Aloud, Shared Reading & Independent Reading Time.
  2. Free 35 minute presentation and ppt on teaching vocabulary through word roots.
  3. Blackboard, Kaltura, Google Classroom
  4. Flipgrid: Good platform for recording video responses to discussion questions; breathes life into the standard discussion board posts. Easy to use and syncs well with Google and Microsoft accounts. Playposit (free version): Embed YouTube and Vimeo videos with multiple choice, free response. check all that apply questions as well as polls. You can grade within the Playposit website. Pay version has more affordances.
  5. Animoto helps online instructors put various slides and videos together into one continuous video. The voice overs and written text make the videos accessible and even a bit entertaining.
  6. Blackboard learning modules combined with Blackboard Collaboarate
  7. The Master of Arts in Educational Technology Program at Michigan State University produced a Mini-MOOC on Remote Teaching that focuses on high-priority, digestible topics for faculty who are teaching across a range of remote teaching contexts.
  8. Lots of good teaching samples and other resources.
  9. provides free, evidence-based resources for use in teacher ed. courses, including short, accessible articles clustered around topics (e.g., vocabulary), videos, activity guides (e.g., text complexity), and tutoring guides. Resources address many of the topics covered in literacy courses and pertain to all grade levels.
  10. @ONE--the Online Network of Educators-- a collaborative, system-wide network of California Community College faculty, staff, and administrators, is coordinated by the professional development team of the CCC California Virtual Campus-Online Education Initiative (CVC-OEI). @ONE provides training and professional development to support the effective use of digital tools and platforms to make California Community Colleges a nationally recognized leader in online teaching and learning. Funding from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office ensures that @ONE’s offerings are provided for free or a very low cost.

Q2. Research Methods Resources for conducting online research (@ 60- word max. per resource)

  1. Flip Grid will transcribe the discussions and allow you to export to a spreadsheet. Zoom will transcribe interviews if you record and save to the cloud. Rev has an app that allows you to record cell phone conversations. Plus you can upload straight to their website if you'd like to pay for transcription.
  2. Educational Research data base - most libraries have access through online data bases.

Q3. Resources for LRA members who support K-12 online literacy learning and teaching (@ 60 word max. per resource)

  1. Lee & Low Books - [email protected], Lee & Low Virtual Read Alouds Resources for flipped classrooms:
  2. Beginnings Reads From website: “TextProject's BeginningReads program supports teachers, parents, and tutors in bringing children into reading. The goal of Beginning Reads is to connect student’s oral language knowledge with written language. Ten levels (of 12 books each) are available.” (description from website) Jen Serravallo Handouts utm_campaign=DNR_Heinemann&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=8 5906999&_hsenc=p2ANqtz--Fv1yviihMOQ5Sn0Xb9ImriDl3NbPpFIKOvLgP_jSFlM2bIMWuYcf0mTArBtWWPEonAaYNKIu5T8t7WB5q7jOfTf2g&_hsmi=85906999 “Jennifer Serravallo, author of The Reading Strategies Book, The Writing Strategies Book, and many other Heinemann titles, has organized a list of free online resources to help you teach during these challenging times. Keep this list bookmarked so that you can come back to it when you need it.
  3. The Classroom Bookshelf ( - This weekly blog, hosted by the School Library Journal and co-authored by literacy professors, provides reviews and teaching ideas about a recently published book for children and young adults. In response to the coronavirus outbreak, weekly posts will also include K-8 teaching resources for online literacy learning and teaching.
  4. I do a free and printable/savable daily Word Ladder phonics/vocabulary lesson that I post on my twitter feed . Each lesson is linked to a daily event or celebration (e.g. Earth Day)-- @timrasinski1
  5. Epic, ReadWorks, Scholastic Learn at Home,and NewsELA + Zinn Education Project
  6. Check out Culturally Responsive Remote Learning resources at Learn more about CRE, get resources, and get inspiration for CRSE! #CREHub @metronyu
  7. I created a Google Classroom for the teachers I support. That way I can post resources (e.g. strategy lessons I've recorded and links to online trainings) that fit well with each school site.
  8. This is a letter to parents on tips for supporting their children's literacy at home.
  9. Please see 2020 UCF Literacy Symposium I compiled ( Resources at
  10. I am leading a research team of faculty, graduate student coordinators and undergraduate facilitators that are currently working to create and offer Spanish/English bilingual resources and events to children and their families living in central California. To follow this development, stay tuned via our website:
  11. The Master of Arts in Educational Technology Program at Michigan State University produced a Mini-MOOC on Remote Teaching that focuses on high-priority, digestible topics for teachers who are teaching across a range of remote teaching contexts.
  12. International Literacy Association (preK - 4th) National
  13. offers open-access, evidence-based materials for use in literacy instruction, including 300 free, downloadable texts and an accompanying guide that includes word cards and additional texts. More than 600 pictures are sorted into mind maps on 16 topics (e.g., transportation, animals). Vocabulary lessons support learning of key semantic clusters such as words related to emotions and motion.
  14. In this white paper, Ouellette and Gentry present three vital lessons from the science of reading. These lessons tell us much about the importance of brain words—representations stored in the brain for word meaning, sound, and spelling—and how we can help students develop them.
  15. In this white paper, we enter a classroom of students who are at a crossroads of whether or not they will identify as readers choosing to read on their own because they know it's worth it. We explore the three common challenges to supporting readers who can and want to read, and unpack the true power of independent reading.

Q4. Other resources that you think would be beneficial during this time (@ 60 word max. per resource)

  1. Doug Reeves, Creative Leadership Solutions
  3. 1) document camera 2) tripod for smartphone
  4. Free 30 minute presentation with powerpoint on parental involvement in reading education - what parents can do. Can+Do/0_724gvh2h
  5. Microsoft Teams or Slack (or some similar platform) is excellent for collaborating with faculty about online teaching and learning. We have created a Team specifically for sharing ideas and self-made how-to resources specific to our university's technologies. Great for file sharing as well as quick video chat.
  6. @PoetsORG #ShelterinPoems
  7. Acquity and other scheduling systems are helping me schedule small group meetings.
  8. St. Louis Storytelling Festival will be online through April 20. Listen to stories for all ages!
  9. Please see 2020 UCF Literacy Symposium I compiled ( at
  10. One suggestion for university educators--get in touch with local organizations to see how you can support/consult. Public libraries, museums, school districts and after school organizations (e.g., Girls Inc.) are working to learn needs/interests from the community. It would be good to connect and coordinator for maximizing our efforts.
  11. Academic libraries are still functioning. Remote help is available for research & teaching.
  12. In addition to resources for use in teacher education and literacy instruction, contains a wide range of materials for researchers. These resources include professional books and articles. TextProject’s Youtube channel includes presentations by leading scholars as well as interviews with members of the Reading Hall of Fame.
  13. Online Educational Resources from the California Virtual Campus