SPARK District Toolkit

SPARK Resources

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Colleen Kaplan
Remote Learning Outreach Specialist
ckaplan@ltcillinois.org

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SPARK District Toolkit

Resources designed for districts and schools to use when working with parents.

The SPARK District Toolkit is a collection of resources that can be used by districts when working and communicating with parents and caregivers. Resources can be used as developed, or a school can modify resources to better fit the needs of their community.

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Surveys

  • LTC SPARK District Check-In
    Google Form: Available in English and Spanish
    Microsoft Forms: Available with Multilingual Setting for Arabic, Chinese, French, Polish, Spanish, and Urdu
    • Created for districts to use on an ongoing basis, these forms will help administration monitor the social-emotional and physical wellbeing of their students and families.  Two forms are available and both can be edited to fit the needs of the school/district.  The first is for quick, weekly/biweekly input from parents and caregivers, focusing on family wellbeing.  The second is an in-depth and involved survey that can be administered once a quarter, trimester, or semester.  This survey will provide administrators a better look at overarching parent and caregiver concerns.

Parent Resource Hub

Resources specifically curated for parents and caregivers. Each of these slidedecks can be embedded in a district or school website using the code below the slidedeck.

For all possible slidedeck combinations, including Spanish translations, please visit this link.

  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • Canvas
  • Schoology
  • SeeSaw
  • Zoom

Google Resource Hub

Share this resource or embed it on a school website.
<iframe src=”https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vQttfTJx6YtYlDqKEr87aFbNU-xoZ1FdGlYDdt00P_oFXO_RxvmF_V1rLqRP_1pmod-JFHXcbRGDmdX/embed?start=false&loop=false&delayms=60000″ frameborder=”0″ width=”960″ height=”569″ allowfullscreen=”true” mozallowfullscreen=”true” webkitallowfullscreen=”true”></iframe>

Embed code for a combined SeeSaw and Google Classroom parent portal is available here.

This slide deck is available in Spanish.  Please click here for the embed code.

Microsoft Resource Hub

Share this resource or embed it on a school website.
<iframe src=”https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vSrVsEDW5rmqxO5w7WDSWfL7mYNOwQ8eAiEKFxyUgQvtFOlZB3sxtynAY0RKlIYY9KzoYDqNdO0As0U/embed?start=false&loop=false&delayms=60000″ frameborder=”0″ width=”960″ height=”569″ allowfullscreen=”true” mozallowfullscreen=”true” webkitallowfullscreen=”true”></iframe>

Canvas Resource Hub

Share this resource or embed it on a school website.
<iframe src=”https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vTIw4Jzy7plHlc_1DHMcCaHcrGb7_dKXrIUMaqHLTlPVRysMFVvorSLMUjDxofwBObs-4-pniI7Y7Hl/embed?start=false&loop=false&delayms=60000″ frameborder=”0″ width=”960″ height=”569″ allowfullscreen=”true” mozallowfullscreen=”true” webkitallowfullscreen=”true”></iframe>

Schoology Resource Hub

Share this resource or embed it on a school website.
<iframe src=”https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vThvHFuFSxMwlRO_JcK9mWd1vs2ls-G_MJhLhUkYZIuAJQAJpBlVI7Cmcnw-y5foC3FzoOLMOsZnwU3/embed?start=false&loop=false&delayms=60000″ frameborder=”0″ width=”960″ height=”569″ allowfullscreen=”true” mozallowfullscreen=”true” webkitallowfullscreen=”true”></iframe>

SeeSaw Resource Hub

Share this resource or embed it on a school website.
<iframe src=”https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vQqpbj22_uvd3bl8kHqmedo150CYqvhlelURqKucGWR2sE0icfMKZCJLNRFVSJw4qfTgvRZLdEqvO6n/embed?start=false&loop=false&delayms=60000″ frameborder=”0″ width=”960″ height=”569″ allowfullscreen=”true” mozallowfullscreen=”true” webkitallowfullscreen=”true”></iframe>

Embed code for a combined SeeSaw and Google Classroom parent portal is available here.

This slide deck is available in Spanish.  Please click here for the embed code.

Zoom Resource Hub Add-On

Share this resource or embed it on a school website.
<iframe src=”https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vQdu397sEBJGCRIUro891o6aX4g76csmdMi3SlO3g74onyB1pofvWNnynfedKPBUYkuralQboYdCkaE/embed?start=false&loop=false&delayms=60000″ frameborder=”0″ width=”960″ height=”569″ allowfullscreen=”true” mozallowfullscreen=”true” webkitallowfullscreen=”true”></iframe>

This resource is considered an “add-on” and can be added to any of the currently existing parent portals.  To find a combined LMS+Zoom embed code, please click here.

This slide deck is available in Spanish.  Please click here for the embed code.

Parent-Focused Resources for School Districts

The LTC curates parent resources to assist school districts with remote teaching and learning.

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Family Online Safety Institute

The Family Online Safety Institute is an international, non-profit organization which works to make the online world safer for kids and their families.

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Parent Guides from ConnectSafely

A growing collection of clearly written guidebooks that demystify apps, services and platforms popular with kids and teens.

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Connect Safely Guides

Short, clearly written guides for social media and digital citizenship.

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SPARK Parent Podcast Episode 4 Resources: The Importance of Reading During Remote Learning

These resources are a companion to Episode 4 of the SPARK Parent Podcast.  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.
  • For a quick infographic of these resources, please click here.
  • For a detailed list of these resources, including full descriptions and additional information, please click here.
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SPARK Parent Podcast Episode 3 Resources: “The Basics” of Remote and Hybrid Learning

These resources are a companion to Episode 3 of the SPARK Parent Podcast.  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.
  • For a quick infographic of these resources, please click here.
  • For a detailed list of these resources, including full descriptions and additional information, please click here.
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Parent Resource Hubs Master List

Looking for a specific LMS combination for the LTC SPARK Parent Resource Hub?  Find the master list of embed codes here, including all Spanish options!

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LTC SPARK District Check-In

Created for districts to use on an ongoing basis, these forms will help administration monitor the social-emotional and physical wellbeing of their students and families.  Two forms are available and both can be edited to fit the needs of the school/district.  The first is for quick, weekly/biweekly input from parents and caregivers, focusing on family wellbeing.  The second is an in-depth and involved survey that can be administered once a quarter, trimester, or semester.  This survey will provide administrators a better look at overarching parent and caregiver concerns.

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Email Etiquette for Students

Do your students need some reminders of good email etiquette?  Use these clear and concise infographics to give them a gentle nudge in the right direction!  Graphics are available to download and share on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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SPARK Parent Webinar Series: Get to Know Google Classroom

Join us as we talk with Ben Sondgeroth, LTC Regional Educational Technology Coordinator and Google Expert, as we discuss the top things parents need to know to help their students be successful for the new school year. We will cover Google Classroom basics and leave time for Q & A!

This is an on-demand webinar.

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Family Guide to Microsoft Teams

Everything your student needs to know to get started with online learning.

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Back to School on a Budget

Are your kids ready for remote learning, but your house is not?

Are you dreading shelling out too much money for yet another piece of furniture (let alone where it is going to fit in your house!)?

Check out these creative workspace solutions for the at-home, remote learners in your life. Most importantly, each solution comes in at under $40.00 (including optional supplies)!

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SPARK Parent Guidelines for Remote Learning

Struggling to set boundaries for class video calls?  This infographic sets out clear guidelines for parents and caregivers to follow while students are engaging in remote learning from home.

Click here for a set of images sized just right for sharing on social media!

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SPARK Interactive Schedule Builder

Does your student need a daily schedule to help them visualize their day while remote learning?

Use this interactive schedule builder to make a printable schedule that can be customized to their unique learning plan!

*NOTE: You will need to sign in with a Google account to access a copy of this interactive schedule builder.  For instructions on making a Google account, watch this video.

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Resources for Parents During Extended School Closures

A 2-page handout providing resources for parents.

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Home Internet Resources

Resources for home connectivity.

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Office365: Guidance for parents and guardians

Get to know Office 365 tools made to support learners of all ages and abilities.

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Google Classroom: Parent Guide

Google Classroom is available to any teacher with a Google Apps for Education account. The Parent Guide shows you how to get started.

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