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NCSS Resources for Navigating Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)


On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared Coronavirus Disease 2019 (abbreviated as COVID-19) as a pandemic. National Council for the Social Studies is providing this landing page as a resource for social studies educators, administrators, and professionals to stay informed on the latest updates from the U.S. Department of Education, the current containment status of the pandemic, prevention tips, school closures, and teaching resources for classroom or virtual usage. Please bookmark and check this resource page daily for updates and share it with your network. 

Table of Contents

  1. Background
  2. Global Situation Dashboard
  3. Prevention
  4. NCSS Webinars - Teaching Resources
  5. NCSS Publications - Teaching Resources
  6. Media Outlets - Teaching Resources
  7. At Home Learning Resources
  8. Education & Administrator Updates
  9. U.S. School Closures Updates


Coronavirus Disease 2019 Situation Summary (Centers for Disease Control)

Global Situation Dashboard

World Health Organization

Johns Hopkins


Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Basic Protective Measures Against the New Coronavirus (World Health Organization)

NCSS Webinars - Teaching Resources

Webinar Recording: When COVID-19 Closes Your School: Ideas and Suggestions for Social Studies Instruction

NCSS - Teaching Resources

NCSS and WHDEF Teaching Resources

ISTE Teaching Resources

“Documents Related to the Spanish Flu” (Pandemic of 1918)

“The Saffron Scourge: Society, Politics, and Disease” (Yellow Fever)

“Exploring the Black Death: The Medieval Review and Response” (Bubonic Plague)

"Disease and Social Disruption"

“The Anticipation Guide: Motivating Students to Find out About History”

"Plagues and Disease Throughout World History"

Media Outlets - Teaching Resources

PBS Newshour Extra

The New York Times: "Coronavirus Resources: Teaching, Learning and Thinking Critically"

Washington Post: “What happens if parades aren’t cancelled during pandemics? Philadelphia found out in 1918, with disastrous results.”

At-Home Learning Resources*

Slowing The Infodemic: How To Spot COVID-19 Misinformation

Scholastic Learn at Home: Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing

Zoom CEO Eric Yuan is Giving K-12 Schools His Videoconferencing Tools for Free

Education & Administrator Updates

Secretary DeVos Delivers Nearly $1.4 Billion in Additional CARES Act Relief Funds to HBCUs, Minority Serving Institutions, and Colleges and Universities Serving Low-Income Students

Secretary DeVos Makes Available Over $13 Billion in Emergency Coronavirus Relief to Support Continued Education for K-12 Students

Secretary DeVos Delivers $6 Billion in Additional Grant Funding to Support Continued Education at America's Colleges, Universities

Secretary DeVos Announces $3 Billion in Emergency Education Block Grants for Governors

Secretary DeVos Rapidly Delivers More Than $6 Billion in Emergency Cash Grants for College Students Impacted by Coronavirus Outbreak

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Authorizes New Funding Flexibilities to Support Continued Learning During COVID-19 National Emergency

Coronavirus Public Health Emergency Underscores Need for Department of Education’s Proposed Distance Learning Rules

Readout of Vice President Pence and Secretary DeVos’ Conference Call with Education Stakeholders

The U.S. Department of Education Releases Webinar, Fact Sheet for Protecting Students' Civil Rights During COVID-19 Response

The U.S. Department of Education's COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel

U.S. School Closures Updates

Education Week: Map -- Coronavirus and School Closures

Disclaimer: National Council for the Social Studies has curated these materials to offer helpful teaching strategies and resources for educators. The links posted on this webpage do not represent an endorsement of any organization or product by the association as a whole, its staff, nor the members of its board.

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