In these unprecedented times, we are in service of you, our partners, the education community and ultimately our students who need all of us now more than ever. We’ve created this space for you to discover vetted resources, learn from experts across the field via live webinars, and most importantly connect with other educators, leaders, and experts in the field.

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Reality Check: Systems Leadership In Action

An Interview with Barbara Jenkins, Superintendent, Orange County Public Schools & NTC Board Member

For NTC and Ed Trust, the (R)evolutionizEd2020 learning journey has created an opportunity to come together and delve deeper to better understand what it takes to advance equity in education. After talking with students, school leaders, teachers, policy advocates, and nonprofit partners, our final series topic: (R)evolutionizing Systems Leadership, is welcoming the voices of systems leaders. As we learn from those on the education frontlines, we are pleased to introduce Dr. Barbara Jenkins, Superintendent of Orange County Public Schools and NTC’s newest Board Member. Dr. Jenkins has worked in public education for more than two decades. While leading the eighth largest school district in the United States, serving more than 200,000 students, Dr. Jenkins has been Florida Superintendent of the Year and Hispanic-Serving School District National Superintendent of the Year. We appreciate Dr. Jenkins taking the time to share her perspectives on the field this unique year.

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Season 2 for our podcast is here. Join our (R)evolution Campaign! In partnership with The Education Trust, NTC is presenting a new series of professional conversations and resources that center equity as a foundational aim of student and teacher learning.



(R)evolutionize Systems Leadership

(R)evolutionize Professional Learning

(R)evolutionize Relationships

(R)evolutionize School Reopening

Dismantling Education Inequities: Walking the Talk

From the Education Frontline: Superintendent Roundtable

In Conversation: Supporting Students & Educators Experiencing Trauma

Effectively Engage & Support Your District’s Diverse Learners

Supporting the Whole Child & Educator: Meeting Social-Emotional Needs Virtually

Aperture Ed – Free professional development, strategies, and activities to help teachers, students and families.

CASEL Cares Initiative – CASEL CARES is a new initiative that connects the SEL (social emotional learning) community with experts to address how SEL can be most helpful in response to today’s circumstances. We are committed to our vision of disseminating high-quality SEL research and best practices – and are more determined now than ever. Please feel free to access and share the resources, which are designed to support educators, parents, and anyone who works with children.

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative – In response to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on the educational system, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) has granted more than $1 million to the Council of Chief State School Officers, the International Society for Technology in Education, National Parents Union, and State Educational Technology Directors Association to support educators and families. These initial grants are aimed at providing resources to states and school districts impacted by school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Child Mind Institute – Offers articles, guides and other resources by topic to help inform and support adults and children.

Common Sense Education – Topics about character strengths like empathy, find actionable activities and edtech tools for the classroom, and discover ways to involve families in SEL learning.

CNN OpEd by Luma Mufleh, Founder of Fugees Academy – Luma Mufleh is the founder of Fugees Family, a non-profit that works with child refugees and their families. The opinions expressed in this commentary belong to the author. 

Dena Simmons: Without Context, Social-Emotional Learning Can Backfire 

Education Leaders of Color: COVID-19 for Schools, Families, Nonprofits, and Businesses – Many are leading organizations that are working in real time to respond to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This is an aggregate of resources and best practices to address COVID-19. 

English Learners Success Forum (ELSF) – The ELSF is a collaboration of researchers, teachers, district leaders, and funders who are passionate about improving the quality and accessibility of instructional materials for English learners (ELs). 

Instructional Leaders – As Schools close out the academic year and move from crisis into reentry planning, many are asking how to start to prepare for the coming year. While no plan is perfect and reality will continue to throw curveballs, leaders know their team will benefit from having a sense of what school can look like in different scenarios. This blog series by Instructional Leaders is a starting point, with tools and practical resources to orient a leadership team towards the year to come. 

Latinos in Action – Empowering Latino youth to lead and strengthen their communities. 

National Child Trauma Stress Network (NCTSN)- Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – The National Child Traumatic Stress Network is a premiere resource under the umbrella of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (HHS). This detailed resource provides facts and advice for caregivers about how to help kids cope with anxiety and stress triggered by coronavirus.

New Teacher Center: School ReopeningThe COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare pre-existing inequities experienced by our nation’s students. While there are many uncertainties facing districts across the United States, of one thing we can be certain: classrooms will not look and feel the same when the 2020-21 school year begins.  

Parent Institute for Quality EducationSince 1987, Parent Institute for Quality Education has been engaging, empowering, and transforming families by providing the knowledge and the skills to partner with schools and communities to ensure their children achieve their full potential. 

School Resources Hub– Powered by Instructional Partners, this hub provides school and system leaders a starting point to support student care and continued leaders a starting point to support student care and continued learning during extended school closures and re-entry into buildings. You’ll find toolkits, templates, and ready-made instructional materials that can be adapted for your local context and put to use in your community immediately. 

SEL Virtual Meetings and Icebreaker – During this time of disruption and fear, it is more important than ever to build in time for a round of check-ins to let people share how they are doing.

Springboard Collaborative – Springboard Collaborative open-sourced their recipe for impact! Underlying their outcomes is a methodology through which teachers and parents team up to support learning at home. They call it a Family-Educator Learning Accelerator (or FELA). FELAs are 5-10-week cycles during which teachers and parents share a game plan to help kids reach growth goals.  

The Education Trust A national nonprofit that works to close opportunity gaps that disproportionately affect students of color and students from low-income families. 

The Teaching Brian by Vanessa Rodriguez 

Turn Around for ChildrenCurated list of resources for parents and caregivers, teachers, educators and leaders.

Wide Open School – They help make learning from home an experience that inspires kids, supports teachers, relieves families, and restores community. 

5000 Role Mentors of Excellence Project  – Dedicated to providing the support necessary to reclaim our youth.