Michigan State University Extension launches new resource to support teachers, parents and homeschool families during COVID-19 pandemic

The newly launched site features lessons and activities for both in-school and at-home learning.

With a back-to-school season that has looked unlike anything seen before, the 2020-2021 school year has brought and will continue to bring new challenges. To support teachers, parents and homeschool families in their educational efforts, Michigan State University Extension has compiled a list of helpful resources that can be used to supplement school plans. With a comprehensive index and robust list of resources, the virtual learning tools site supports youth in the classroom, online or at home.

Arranged by audience, grade level and topic, extension.msu.edu/virtual-learning-tools hosts a variety of resources in differing delivery methods. From preK to high school, the site also features resources for special needs learners, parents of children ages 0-3 and parent support tools. Resources range from instructional videos to print-and-go lesson plans that can be used individually or as part of a series. While not all resources utilize school standards, many do. In addition to the educational tools, viewers can also explore the list of virtual events that are being offered to youth audiences.

“As leaders in the field of experiential, out-of-school learning, we have a multitude of resources to support Michigan’s teachers and students,” said Erica Tobe, director of MSU Extension’s children and youth programs. “Many of our counties have partnered with local school systems for years and we wanted to ensure all the state’s learners, be they virtual or in-person, were aware of and had access to these tools as they tackle the 2020-2021 school year.”

After browsing the many educational offerings, available in topic areas such as STEM, careers, arts, social studies, leadership and more, visitors to the site are also encouraged to connect directly with MSU Extension staff. Though the site features a dynamic listing of on-demand content, MSU Extension has a wealth of customizable trainings, programs and workshops that teachers, families and homeschool cohorts can request for virtual delivery.

“MSU Extension’s children and youth staff possess both youth development knowledge and content expertise in areas such as science literacy, leadership and civic engagement, and career preparation,” continued Tobe. “In this virtual world, we are ready and poised to support learners across the state through personalized trainings on a number of topics. Connect with us to see how we can support your educational needs!”

To begin exploring the educational resources for teachers, parents and homeschool families, visit extension.msu.edu/virtual-learning-tools. To learn more about MSU Extension’s remote learning resources for all audiences, extension.msu.edu/online4MI.

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