Resources for Districts

Materials for Families and Child Care Providers

The AESD has developed learning platform-specific materials to assist districts in working with families, community organizations, and child care providers as they support students and families with distance/remote learning.

Materials and Resources

Materials are available for districts to use with families in nine (9) languages (Ukrainian, Russian, Farsi, Tagalog, French, Arabic, Somali, Vietnamese & Spanish) for each of the five (5) learning management systems (LMS): Canvas, Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, Schoology, and Seesaw.

Customizable PowerPoint presentation slides with presenter notes

The slide deck is intended to be customized and presented by district personnel to parents. It includes highlighted text and/or images that indicate the district-specific changes that will need to be made to fit local decisions, tools, and approaches–for example, you will replace placeholders to mention your district’s chosen video conferencing tool (Zoom, Google Meet, Teams, etc.) Please check both the slides and the speaker notes for needed customizations. 

The slide deck may be presented in any way that works for your district. Some ideas you might consider are:

  • Virtual parent night
  • Partner with your parent-teacher organization to present
  • After sharing the slide deck, add resources to your website for continued access

Grant Opportunities

Media Literacy & Digital Citizenship Grants - Now Open

Thanks to House Bill 1365, Washington State schools, districts, and ESDs will soon be able to apply for competitive grants that will support integrating Media Literacy, Digital Citizenship, or Synthetic Media (aka deepfakes) curriculum into classes. Options include two-year project grants for teams that are ready to start developing or adapting existing curriculum and sharing best practices through a Professional Learning Community, or one-year planning grants for teams that aren’t sure where to start (these could lead into one-year implementation grants).

Visit this OSPI page or email the Media Literacy & Digital Citizenship Program Supervisor, Lesley James, lesley.james@k12.wa.us.

Digital Equity and Inclusion Grants - Now Open

An essential part of implementing OSPI’s educational technology standards is advocating for sufficient funding for all districts to help close opportunity gaps related to educational technology. Through the legislative support of House Bill 1365, OSPI is providing grants focused on digital equity and inclusion to support these standards.

Visit the Digital Equity & Inclusion Grant page or contact Digital Equity & Inclusion Program Supervisor, KC Merchant, kc.merchant@k12.wa.us for details.

Additional Documents & Videos

District guidance with “how to” instructions

This document includes general guidance for districts to present materials as well as instructions on how to customize them.

Video to share with child care providers

This video can be shared with child care providers supporting students with distance/remote learning.

Remote Learning Vocabulary and Key Terms handout for families

Please feel free to share this document with families/caregivers. It is recommended that you share the document prior to presenting the slide deck, as it defines some terms used in the slides. Care has been taken to ensure that the document uses parent and family-friendly language.

Resource: Supporting Student Learning (for parents and caregivers)

Please feel free to share this live document with families/caregivers. It contains information for parents and caregivers about how to support students’ social-emotional learning and academics. Links within the document can be opened online or printed to share with families/caregivers.