Launching the School Year

"How do I....?"

For Remote and Blended Learning Lessons in Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies, and Cross-Content Literacy Routines, please see our New Visions Curriculum website.

Build a coherent, school-wide approach to GOOGLE CLASSROOM?

  • TOOLKIT: Building a School-wide Approach to Google Classroom - This resource will help your school implement a coherent approach by creating consistency in Classroom naming, settings, and application. A School-wide approach benefits administrators, educators, students, and families.


  • Google Classroom Style Guide Recommendations - A collection of best practices, tips and tricks to setting up Google Classrooms for Remote and/or Blended Learning.

Support students to acquire DIGITAL SKILLS they need for remote and blended learning?

  • Use Unit Zero to build students' digital skills for success in remote and/or blended learning through lessons focuses on digital citizenship that also build community through social and emotional connections.



  • Explore the free Google Applied Digital Skills lessons. These Google-created lessons integrate with Google Classroom and can be used in any core content area.


Plan for SYNCHRONOUS and ASYNCHRONOUS instruction?


  • Explore the NVPS Teacher Planning Notebook (2020) for planning strategies and other resources to incorporate like Cultural Responsiveness and Micro Routines.


  • Planning for Instruction in Fall 2020 and SY 2020-21 Team Meeting Agenda - In this agenda, teachers will have the opportunity to 1) reflect on experience with remote teaching and learning; 2) discuss knowns and unknowns for the fall; 3) ensure a common understanding of key terms (synchronous, asynchronous, and blended); 4) discuss the types of activities that lend themselves to each type of instruction; and 5) discuss what planning for a week of instruction could look like. Slides for facilitating this agenda as a virtual meeting can be found here.


Provide SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL supports for students in virtual settings?

  • Use Unit Zero to build students' digital skills for success in remote and/or blended learning through lessons focuses on digital citizenship that also build community through social and emotional connections.


  • Explore our SEL Curriculum page for a variety back-to-school activities


Build a sense of COMMUNITY in my school/Classrooms?

  • Use Unit Zero to build students' digital skills for success in remote and/or blended learning through lessons focuses on digital citizenship that also build community through social and emotional connections.

Support DIVERSE LEARNERS in virtual contexts at the start of the year?

  • Universal Design for Learning in Online Formats - How to support students with learning and linguistic differences such as students with disabilities, English learners, and developing readers and writers in a virtual teaching and learning environment.


  • Explore our Resources for Diverse Learners page for help planning for Equitable Grading, Online Discussion Skills, and a range of other topics to support every student in each of your classes.

Provide POSTSECONDARY planning and resources to students?

  • Use the True Colors Activity to help students begin considering career options well suited to their personality traits



  • Explore all of the resources on our Postsecondary page, including College Access Resources, Virtual Events, Instructional Materials, and Career and Employment Resources for students