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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)

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Risk Assessment and Public Health Management Decision Making (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

NCSS Webinars - Teaching Resources (Sign-up now!)

An NCSS Response to COVID-19: A Historic Shift to Online Learning and How to Respond

More Deadly Than War: How Do We Teach the Lessons of Pandemics — While We Are in One?

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*

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

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

Helping Students Adversely Affected by School Closures, Secretary DeVos Announces Broad Flexibilities for States to Cancel Testing During National Emergency

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

The U.S. Department of Education's Cornoavirus Conference Call with Chief State School Officers

Secretary DeVos Releases New Resources for Educators, Local Leaders on K-12 Flexibilities, Student Privacy, and Educating Students with Disabilities During Coronavirus Outbreak

Interim Guidance for Administrators of U.S. K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

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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