This resource is meant to support virtual instruction and teacher assistance as well as provide resources for online learning for students in K-8th grade.


Folder for backgrounds to use on your video.


Teacher Reads: The videos in this series, recorded by Durham Public School teachers and other local educators, aims to help kids absorb books as much as they want, even if they can’t read by themselves. These videos can be also used for ESL students who want extra time and practice with the English language.


11 Teacher-Recommended Math Apps and Online Tools


Toy Theater: A collection of interactive educational games for elementary school. Free and designed to work on desktop computers, tablets, and mobile devices.

Online Instruction:

Virtual Trainings*

Virtual Best Practices Video:* A very basic overview of the different elements of a successful live online class, with modeling. It should be appropriate for all grade levels.

Mindfulness Activities:

COVID-19 Resources:

EmbraceRace Resources for COVID-19

TeachForAmerica: Supporting students through coronavirus* – This document is created to support our communities and teachers during the coronavirus pandemic throughout prolonged school closures. It is maintained by Teach For America’s National Teacher Leadership Development team, but as you will see, many of the resources are links to external resources created by external organizations or individuals. The resources linked within have not been fully vetted, and their inclusion is not meant as an endorsement from Teach For America, nor is it meant to replace or confuse any guidance teachers and corps members are receiving from their districts, administrators, or employers. Ultimately, corps members with Teach For America must adhere to the policies and guidance from their placement schools. 

Trauma-Responsive Education: Supporting Students and Yourself:

  1. Supporting Students Through Coronavirus
  2. Ending Curriculum Violence: Yes, curriculum can be violent—whether you intend it or not. Here’s what it looks like and how you can avoid it.
  3. Educators and Their #Community: Finding Solidarity on Social Media: How social justice educators are using social media to find support, a platform and PD.
  4. A Trauma-Informed Approach to Teaching Through Coronavirus: Experts from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network share their recommendations for educators supporting students during the COVID-19 crisis.
  5. Affirming Black Lives Without Inducing Trauma: This week, we were disappointed to see wide circulation of the videos showing Ahmaud Arbery’s and Sean Reed’s shooting deaths. Educators have a responsibility to engage with students about this violence against Black men—and the white supremacist systems that allow it to continue. But they must do so without re-traumatizing Black students and with extra care for their mental health. These resources can help.
  6. Online Teaching Can Be Culturally Responsive: Amid school closures, online classes can offer new opportunities for culturally responsive teaching. Here’s what one educator is trying with her fifth grade students.
  7. When Schools Cause Trauma
  8. Additional Resources

Trauma-Informed Approaches:

Teaching Tolerance: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Teaching Through Coronavirus

Teaching Tolerance: Teaching Through Coronavirus: What Educators Need Right Now

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)


*To count these trainings toward your timesheet/hours, you can fill out this reflection form for each starred* training or online module/video.