In this time of uncertainty, as we look for ways to keep our kids engaged in their learning, to potentially teach remotely, and to keep on with our learning and our engagement as educators, citizens, and members of our communities, here are some resources that you can use online for both civics and other social studies subjects. As a reminder, if you are in Florida, be sure to follow the FDOE Twitter and website for information and resources as well.

Civics360 
Civics360 is a resource from your friends here at the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship that is intended to help students learn what they need to know to be knowledgeable citizens. It has readings in multiple languages (at a 7th grade level) as well as engaging 10 minute videos on a variety of civics topics. You can learn more about it here. 

The Civics Renewal Network

The Civics Renewal Network is a consortium of nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations committed to strengthening civic life in the U.S. by increasing the quality of civics education in our nation’s schools and by improving accessibility to high-quality, no-cost learning materials. On the Civics Renewal Network site, teachers can find the best resources of these organizations, searchable by subject, grade, resource type, standards, and teaching strategy.

The Civics Renewal Network is currently in the process of compiling a number of civics-related remote learning resources that we will be sure to share out as soon as it is up.

Free Resources and Apps
Many companies in this time of need are offering free or reduced subscriptions to educational tools and resources. Mary Ellen Daneels, a wonderful civic educator from Illinois, has helped to compile many of these into one location. I encourage you to explore this spreadsheet. Without a doubt there is something that you can use!

You will also find some excellent free resources here, and they have all been vetted by quality educators that have used them!

Resources for Teachers
These next resources have been compiled by the always excellent Joe Schmidt of the Maine State Department of Education.

essential compoennts

Supporting Resources for TEACHERS Preparing to Teach Through Distance Learning
Summary of best practices from list on the left:
  • Focus on what works best for YOUR students based on age, content, and technology access.
  • Create asynchronous learning experiences
  • Less is more for quantity of assignments and instruction
  • Offer a variety of options and experiences to allow for personalization of the learning.
  • Give explicit instructions and time expectations
  • Specify expectations for students and parents
  • Be empathetic and flexible to the circumstances
  • Communicate consistently and constantly
  • Become familiar with the technology and tools needed to participate in the work and stick with them.
  • Schedule online “office hours”
  • Encourage collaboration among your students
  • Connect with other educators and the DOE for support
  • Take care of yourself
Supporting Resources for STUDENTS Preparing to Teach Through Distance Learning
Summary of best practices from list on the left:
  • Check your email & communicate
  • Become familiar with the technology and tools needed to participate in the work
  • Collaborate with others
  • Plan your time each day and schedule breaks
  • Have a distraction free place to work/study
  • Focus on what works best for you
Grade Band Specific/Content Specific Curricular Resources and Supports
PK-2
3-5
6-8
9-12
Resources specific to developing and delivering distance learning for Civics & Government
Resources specific to developing and delivering distance learning for Personal Finance & Economics
Resources specific to developing and delivering distance learning for Geography
Resources specific to developing and delivering distance learning for History
 
Resources specific to developing and delivering distance learning for Behavioral Sciences

 We hope you find these resources useful. We’ll be sharing more as we are made aware!