K12 Emergency Education Relief Effort
Carnegie Mellon University education leaders are coming together to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and its disproportionate impact on underserved learners and communities. The Sustaining Equity in Education Network (SEEN) is focused on first helping high-need K-12 schools make a successful transition to remote learning through emergency relief and then continuing partnerships with those schools and communities to invest in equitable new educational systems post-COVID-19.
Virtual Office Hours
Our team is holding open Zoom office hours for K12 educators and out of school providers. These are an opportunity to connect with peers, problem solve, and learn together.
- Wednesdays, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
- Fridays, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Contact Elizabeth Roberts for information to join via Zoom.
Connecting Communities in Need
Access to devices and internet connectivity is an existing problem exacerbated by the pandemic. We are working to allocate emergency resources to fund fast, durable connectivity and device solutions to communities in need. We are starting with one pilot district and hoping to expand and scale to many other partners in the region (and, eventually, beyond!).
If you are an educator, leader, or out of school time provider and you would like to explore solutions for learners and families in need, please contact us. The allocation of resources is currently need-based.
K12 Educational Technology Roundup
The following evidence-based tools and resources are available to help with the transition to remote learning.
For grades 9 and up:
CMU’s Open Learning Initiative has made all of its courseware free, including many courses relevant to high school students. OLI’s OER courseware combines interactive textbooks with learning activities, assessments, and rich simulations. The materials are organized into units and modules that are aligned to learning objectives, so educators can select OLI content to match their needs for the rest of the semester.
For more information visit https://oli.cmu.edu/fee-waivers-for-mid-semester-transition-in-spring-2020/
For more information visit https://academy.cs.cmu.edu/splash
For grades 6 and up:
PL² is a project addressing the opportunity gap for marginalized students through personal mentoring and tutoring with artificial intelligence learning software. Personalized mentoring and tutoring in small groups can promote the social, emotional, and motivational conditions that support student success. Learning software, powered by AI, adapts curriculum and content to each student's unique learning speed and style. PL² combines these two proven approaches to help mentors practice culturally-responsive teaching that is informed by their students' progress in learning software.
For more information visit personalizedlearning2.org
MATHia is intelligent math software designed by CMU cognitive scientists to help teachers deliver a successful math experience to each individual student with real-time feedback and assessments. Fees are currently waived for MATHia
For more information visit: https://www.carnegielearning.com/products/software-platform/mathia-learning-software/
MathTutor is a free, intelligent tutoring software to help students learning middle school math and to help teachers differentiate instructions for individual needs.
For more information visit https://mathtutor.web.cmu.edu
For ages 6 and up
Alice is a free innovative block-based programming environment that makes it easy to create animations, build interactive narratives, or program simple games in 3D.
For more information visit http://www.alice.org