COVID-19 Resources for Illinois Charter Schools

INCS is here to help our members navigate the challenges of operating during this time of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Mitigating the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, required all public schools across Illinois to move to remote learning in the early spring. Since then, INCS has worked with state and local authorities to ensure that charter public schools have access to the resources and information they need to continue to serve their students and families.

On this page, we’ve gathered useful links for charter school educators to use as a reference for further planning and COVID-19 response. This includes information on local resources such as food distribution, community health, and technology solutions.

Please note: There are currently no specific dates or guidance on when schools may reopen for in-person instruction. We will update this page as more information comes available. 


INCS Remote Learning Webinar Series:

  • Gina Musumeci from Achievement First presents on grading and assessments during a remote learning school year. Gina is a former Founding Principal and Regional Superintendent of Achievement First Charter Schools and is currently leading planning workshops as their network prepares for remote learning in the upcoming school year. Click here to view the presentation slides and here to access the audio recording.
  • Joshua Scott, PhD of 2U Inc. presents on key design ideas and standards for designing digital learning. Topics included in the presentation are learner focused courses, tracking progress, cultural inclusion, balancing student choice/direction and building remediation online. Josh is a Lead Strategist of Learning Design and Development and will be sharing how 2U’s Learning Experience Framework can be applied to K-12 remote learning during this unique school year. Click here to view the presentation slides and here to access the audio recording.
  • Dr. Frederick W. Freking on teaching Science remotely through the lens of Next Generation Science Standards. For the past twenty years, Freking has utilized his science teaching and science research experiences to prepare future science teachers. During this webinar, Dr. Freking will share his work preparing teachers to implement NGSS-aligned curriculum using the 5E model in online contexts.  A collaboration with colleagues at the USC Rossier School of Education and the Mattel Children’s Foundation, Speedomety provides teachers and their students with meaningful opportunities to explore their scientific ideas. The goal of this webinar is to provide resources that support educators as they move their teaching to online contexts. Click here to view the webinar.
  • Author Douglas Fisher focuses on the Assessment module of The Distance Learning Playbook, which details the ways educators can measure student learning in a remote setting and how students can self-assess their own learning. The pandemic teaching of mid-2020 was not really distance learning, but rather crisis teaching. But starting now, teachers have the opportunity to prepare for distance learning with purpose and intent—using what works best to accelerate students’ learning all the while maintaining an indelible focus on equity. Harnessing the insights and experience of renowned educators Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Hattie, The Distance Learning Playbook applies the wisdom and evidence of VISIBLE LEARNING® research to understand what works best with distance learning. Spanning topics from teacher-student relationships, teacher credibility and clarity, instructional design, assessments, and grading, this comprehensive playbook details the research- and evidence-based strategies teachers can mobilize to deliver high- impact learning in an online, virtual, and distributed environment.  Click here to view the presentation slides and here to access the audio recording.
  • NextWave STEM strives to offer innovative educational experiences using emerging technologies, ignite a passion for learning that leads to improved academic outcomes and opens up new opportunities post high school and throughout one’s career. NextWave engages educators and administrators from all over the world with PD sessions exploring topics that range from the technical to the topical. This webinar will be focused on diversifying the remote school day with project based learning, so children can step away from the computer screen and work with their hands. NextWave will demonstrate how students can make meaningful connections in 3D design and printing by learning how to  build learning connections in Tinkercad and expanding hands-on building using emerging technologies in this webinar for educators. Click here to view the presentation slides and here to view the webinar.

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