Learning Continuity Resources

Are you looking for ways to keep your students engaged during the extended school closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak? Below you'll find a variety of free resources designed to help schools evaluate and prepare for providing students with learning continuity.

Free mental health resources for students

During times of crisis, our students need extra support to help them manage their mental health and process their emotions. Thanks to funding from the state of Michigan, we’re launching our new Michigan Cares program to provide FREE lessons and videos to K-12 students, parents, and educators on developing critical skills required for mental, social, and emotional wellbeing.

This resource will remain free to all Michigan residents until the end of the 20-21 school year, so we continue to provide emotional and mental support to students as we all recover from this crisis together.

Keep Michigan Learning Website

Powered by the Michigan Virtual Learning Continuity Workgroup, this website houses a collection of tools and resources intended to support and empower teachers and school leaders as they design remote and blended learning experiences for their students during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Teacher self-assessment tool & personalized PD playlist generator

This interactive self-assessment tool asks teachers to evaluate their readiness to effectively reach and teach students in a remote or blended learning environment. Upon filling out this checklist, teachers will receive an automated playlist of PD options based on their unique growth areas.

Guide to selecting an LMS for K-12

Trying to decide which learning management system (LMS) is the right fit for your school or district? Unsure if now is the best time to implement one? Curious about how popular LMSs compare to one another? This free guide can help you answer these questions and determine which path forward will be best for your students and staff.

Crowd-sourced repository of K-12 digital content

You can use this repository to find, share, and rate both free and paid digital content options that can be used in your K-12 classroom. Because this repository is crowd-sourced, each resource listed has been submitted by a fellow educator who believes in the value of this resource to meet the unique learning needs of K-12 students.

Free access to Michigan Virtual course content during school closures​

For the duration of these closures, Michigan Virtual will be offering the content of over 70 of our high-quality online courses FREE to educators and parents as a resource to supplement student learning.

This course content includes all digital lessons; however, it does not include assessments and is non-credit bearing. It is intended to provide educators and parents with enrichment materials they can use to keep students engaged and learning during school closures.

The free access to this course content will end after September 30, 2022.

Organize student learning with our weekly checklist template

If you’re using our free course content to supplement student learning during school closures, check out this weekly checklist template to help you organize activities for your student(s).

This template will help you organize the content you want to provide your students, instructions on what they should do with the content, and lastly how/if you want them to assess their understanding.

Join the statewide discussion on learning continuity​

We’d like to invite you to join a statewide conversation about how we can keep Michigan students learning during extended school closures. 

Our Keep Michigan Learning Facebook group is intended to facilitate discussion among Michigan educators on how we can share best practices for learning continuity and move forward together.

Learning Continuity: Planning Considerations for School Leaders

The following guide offers school leaders actionable advice on how they can leverage digital instructional content and remote teaching practices to provide learning opportunities for all students in the event of unanticipated and extended school closures.

Transitioning to Remote Learning (PD series for educators)

Unsure where to start with remote teaching? Have some ideas, but need more resources? We’ve designed a series of six 2-SCECH, self-paced courses designed to provide you will examples and resources on how to reach your students via remote teaching.

Courses include topics such as building relationships, digital content, assessments, and SEL supports. You are free to move through the courses as they pertain to your needs and interests, as they are designed to allow for choice and are not dependent upon prior course knowledge.

Teacher Continuity Readiness Checklist​

Effective remote instruction requires different skill sets, tools, and practices than teachers may be accustomed to using in the face-to-face classroom. That being said, there are many simple adjustments teachers can make for quick adaptation to remote teaching. The following checklist is designed to help teachers self-assess their readiness for providing teaching continuity during extended school closures. Tool and resource recommendations are included in each category.

Teacher Continuity Readiness Rubric​

As schools move forward and develop current and future plans for providing learning continuity during extended closures, one critical aspect worth considering is teacher readiness for remote instruction. The following rubric is designed to help school leaders evaluate staff readiness for remote instruction based on ten categories rooted in research on effective online teaching.

School Closure Learning Continuity Readiness Rubric

Michigan Virtual has created a School Closure Learning Continuity Readiness Rubric that schools can use as an evaluation and planning tool. 

Download the rubric below, or by clicking/tapping on the image of the rubric.

Keep Michigan Learning webinar series

To help Michigan educators and parents keep students learning during school closures, we’re producing a series of short webinars (approx. 30 minutes each) that offer tips, tricks, and best practices for remote teaching and learning.

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Free professional development on online & blended learning

Wondering how you might provide your students with at-home learning experiences? Unsure of how best to reach your students during extended school closures? 

We’re currently waiving the registration fee for our online courses on best practices for blended and online learning. These courses offer educators a variety of resources and tools for facilitating at-home learning.

In addition, we have a new online Coronavirus prevention course available for educators.

Looking for other PD options? Our professional catalog has over 250 courses for educators on a variety different topics, including literacy, social emotional learning, and more. Come learn with us!

Home internet options for the economically disadvantaged

The Michigan Department of Education has compiled a list of low-cost internet options available to economically disadvantaged families in Michigan. 

Parenting in a Pandemic

A blog series for parents

With students home from school, social emotional learning strategies can help parents support their children’s overall well-being in the face of global stress from the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this blog series, we offer strategies to help parents support students’ social and emotional needs during this disruptive time. If you’d like to receive notifications when new blogs in this series are available, you can subscribe to our blog here.

23 team-building activities for staying connected in a remote work environment

Most of us are proficient in how to complete the tasks and responsibilities of our positions while working remotely. We have the tools we need to perform our job functions and we have the technical skill to do so.

But how do we remain connected to each other virtually? How do we foster a collaborative team environment and avoid feelings of isolation while working remotely for extended periods of time?

David Young, Director of Instructional Product Development at Michigan Virtual, has been managing a mostly full-time remote team for many years. We asked him to share some helpful strategies for maintaining a positive team culture while everyone is working from home.

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Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.