NYC Outward Bound Schools Resources
NYC Outward Bound Schools has developed a series of resources that can assist teachers and staff — and parents, too! — in facilitating virtual learning and keeping students connected despite distance.
Best Practices for Virtual Project-Based Learning
Virtual Crew Resources
Effective Virtual Team Meetings
Grief Resources for Schools
In addition, NYC Outward Bound Schools has curated a list of several online learning tools that are free and easy to use, can be used by teachers in multiple content areas and grades and can be integrated into routines or long-term projects. These tools provide opportunities for increased student engagement and collaboration and provide data for teachers to use about student learning. All of the tools align with EL Core Practices.
Online Tools for Virtual Project-Based Learning
Checks for Understanding/Formative Assessments
Asynchronous Teaching Tools: Facilitating Students Leading Their Own Learning
Curated Remote Service Learning Ideas
At NYC Outward Bound Schools, we connect service learning to the ethos of kindness that is part of the school culture. We design and plan service learning experiences that go beyond charitable volunteer work to include projects that build important academic skills. These experiences help students to see that academic work can be in the service of good for others. Though these projects are remote for the time being, we continue to research service opportunities to ensure that service learning projects provide a real benefit to the community. These resources align with EL Education Core Practice #7: Incorporating Fieldwork, Experts and Service Learning.
All Service Learning Projects
Projects that Support the NYC Outward Bound Schools Community
Projects That Provide Needed Resources or Improvements to the Community
Projects That Take Action or Raise Awareness on Social Justice Issues
Social Justice Issues Related to COVID-19 Pandemic Choice Board
Fight xenophobia and racism around the origin/spread of the virus
Help combat the increase in racist and xenophobic attacks against Asian Americans.
Spread facts and promote healthy behavior to prevent spread of COVID-19
Make sure everyone in our communities has accurate information about COVID-19.
Increase participation in the US Census
Now that face-to-face education regarding Census participation can no longer happen, online advocacy is more important than ever.
- “Everyone Counts” campaign, from the Brennan Center for Justice
Increase voter turnout
Given stay-at-home orders, voter registration efforts have gone virtual. How can you make a difference in the upcoming election?
- Resources needed to start a voter registration drive, from National Voter Registration Day
- Volunteer and leadership opportunities, from Rock the Vote
- Engage in activism related to voting rights, from the ACLU
Earth Day was April 22, but don’t limit your actions to just one day!
- “Climate Art for Congress” campaign, from The Climate Museum
- Digital Earth Day activities, from EarthDay.org
- Earth Day at home, from EarthDay.org
- 11 Actions for the Planet Now, from EarthDay.org
- Use Coronavirus to Reset Your Life for Sustainability, from Earth911
Due to the costs to New York City during the pandemic, schools are facing massive budget cuts.
Other Virtual Learning/Working Resources
Online Learning/Planning Tools
- EL Education
EL Education K-8 Language Arts Curriculum: a comprehensive, standards-aligned curriculum, including the K-2 Skills Block, available online as an Open Education Resource. (If you are currently using the curriculum, check out this detailed guidance for virtual learning).
Models of Excellence: the world’s largest digital library of high-quality student projects includes information on how to create projects in and out of the classroom.
EL Education Resource Library: a searchable library of EL Education’s high quality instructional resources on implementing our Core Practices.
Videos about Crew: a subset of the 288 videos available through our website.
Leaders of Their Own Learning: a bestselling education book full of strategies to help students take responsibility for their own learning.
- NYC Department of Education Learn at Home
- Restorative Practices Virtual Learning Toolkit
- Coronavirus Resources: Teaching, Learning and Thinking Critically – New York Times
- COVID-19 Resources curated by ISTE members
- Navigating Uncertain Times: How Schools Can Cope with Coronavirus – EdSurge
- Remote Crew lesson planning template & samples – Brooklyn Collaborative Studies
- Sample daily schedules – Khan Academy
- Instructional continuity plan – Miami-Dade County Public Schools
- We are Teachers
- Actively Learn – curriculum units from 6th-12th grade
- Distance learning toolkit – Edmodo
- Free educational resources
- Online teaching resources from The Marshall Memo
- Illustrative Mathematics
- Zearn math
- Observe a Tree – lesson plan for science/mindfulness activity
- Videos, interactives & lesson plans from PBS
- Virtual field trips & apps – Common Sense Education
- Marco Polo – to help Crew stay connected
- Best messaging apps – Common Sense Education
- Template for daily check-ins
- Relationship-building questions
- Icebreaker questions
- Riddles and brain teasers for Crew
Goal Setting for Academic & Character Growth
- Best education podcasts – Edutopia
- 10 best podcasts for teachers – We are Teachers
- 40 best educational podcasts in 2020
- Tips to stay healthy while working from home – Entrepreneur
- Give us 7 days, we’ll help you get your work done – New York Times
- Tips on cultivating tiny habits for personal transformation
Articles for Reference
- AP Exams and Updates
- National Association for College Admissions Counseling
- Changes in college admission events, deposit dates, etc.
- Colleges with new deposit dates
- Several colleges have changed their deposit date to June 1, 2020
- Virtual college admissions events
- College Board update: SAT
- College Board is canceling the May 2, 2020, SAT administration. Makeup exams for the March 14 administration (scheduled March 28) are also canceled.
- ACT update
- ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of COVID-19.
- College Essay Guy
- Ethan Sawyer is a nationally recognized college essay expert and sought-after speaker. His website features some free resources.
- FAFSA Guide
Technology & Hardware Needs
- NYC Department of Education remote learning device request
- Remote learning and access survey form
- Companies offering free WiFi
- WiFi hot spots in NYC
The following organizations are offering free software that can be used for virtual Crew and other student/staff meetings:
Physical & Mental Health Resources
- Coronavirus data pack
- Coronavirus racism infected my high school – New York Times
- Five ways to view coverage of the coronavirus – American Psychological Association
- How to protect yourself from coronavirus while grocery shopping – Consumer Reports
- Managing anxiety & stress during coronavirus – CDC
- Need to Talk? COVID-19 resources
- How to protect your mental health during ‘social distancing’ – TalkSpace
- Prompts and exercises for introspection
- Good News Network
- 7-minute workout
- 20-minute yoga for teens
- Boost your immune system – New York Times