Welcome to the Parent Resources section of our eLearning Hub! We have compiled many resources to assist you in helping your student during eLearning.
Additional Parent Resources for At-Home Learners
Accessing Student Resources
Students can access the Student Textbooks & Resources Canvas course by clicking the Digital Student Resources button (outlined in red below) on their Single-Sign-On Clever LaunchPad.This course has a section titled, Learning Never Closes, which allows students to work through self-paced digital lessons from Canvas, Nearpod, Newsela, and Vocabulary.com.
Self-Paced Student Activities
- Nearpod (K-12)
- Nearpod Keyboarding (K-12)
- Nearpod Digital Citizenship (K-12)
- Nearpod Social & Emotional Learning (K-12)
- Nearpod Microsoft (K-12)
- Nearpod College & Career Exploration (K-12)
- Nearpod Virtual Reality Career Tours (6-12)
- Newsela Self-Paced Articles
- Vocabulary.com Self-Paced Challenge
- Naviance (outlined in red below)
In addition, online databases have been purchased by Broward County Public Schools to assist students in finding reliable information on curricular topics. To access these resources from home, click the Library/Media Resources tab (outlined in red above) in the Student Textbooks & Resources Canvas course.
Back to School Forms
Back to School Required Online Forms
Available starting August 6th.
It is more important than ever that parents complete the online back to school forms (Links to an external site.). You must submit the forms for each student enrolled in the district. The BTS (Back to School) wizard provides forms in English, Spanish, Haitian-Creole and Portuguese.
IMPORTANT: By submitting your back to school forms and emergency contact card through the BTS wizard, you are updating your contact information in the school database. If you do not update your contact information in the online forms, you will not receive school calls, emails and texts.
English Language Learners (ELLs) are taught grade-level standards using core materials identified by the district. The supplemental materials listed below can be used to help make content more comprehensible and accessible to ELLs. In addition, they provide the opportunity for additional practice applying skills across the curriculum. Some resources are used to develop academic vocabulary and background knowledge.
Free Online Bilingual Resources (K-12) Free bilingual resources for additional practice applying skills across the curriculum including developing academic vocabulary and background knowledge. For free resources, please click on English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Portuguese InSync (K-12) https://browardschools.instructure.com/courses/236351
InSync provides online and printable activities to support academic achievement in math, reading, writing, science, and test taking in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole. Access through student textbooks by clicking on Digital Resources then Bilingual/ESOL Resources. Unique login information is found here.
Follett eBook (K-12) https://browardschools.instructure.com/courses/236351
Serves as an online library, providing eBooks and audio books in multiple languages. Access through student textbooks by clicking on Digital Resources then Bilingual/ESOL Resources. Unique login information is found here.
Imagine Learning (K-5) Serving English Language Learners with A1 or Level 1 language classifications. It is an interactive online learning environment designed to provide individualized instruction based on each student's unique language and literacy needs in all four domains of literacy—reading, writing, listening, and speaking.Available through the SSO LaunchPad iStation Español (K-5 and select 6th grade Dual Language students) Provides authentic Spanish literacy instructionParticipants are able to access differentiated lessons, adaptive curriculum, and assessments. Available through the SSO LaunchPad Google Translate Chrome Extension
Ciencias en español:
Ortografía en español:
Geografía en español:
Canvas Parent Observer Directions
Become an Observer in Canvas
You can become an observer in your child's class on Canvas to be able to see everything your child sees in their Canvas courses without disrupting any announcements or "unread" items. As an observer, you have your own log-in so there's no fear of being locked out of Canvas if your child changes their password.
Disclaimer: the Canvas parent app has limited functionality. For this reason, we encourage all parents to use their internet browser to access canvas. You can log into canvas as a parent observer in this link.
Print Directions: How to Become an Observer (Links to an external site.)
How to get Parent Access to Canvas:1) Have your student login to Clever and Click on Canvas2) Click on Account (left navigation bar)3) Click on Settings4) Click on Pair With Observer (it's on the right hand side of the screen)5) Write down the code listed7) Click where it says, Parent of a Canvas User? Click here for an account.8) Enter your email, a password, and the code you copied.
This allows you to be an observer in Canvas. Logging in on a computer, as opposed to using the Parent App on your phone allows you to view a lot more than the app does. You can see assignments, their directions, upcoming due dates, announcements. You can also email teachers through the Canvas Inbox. Parents that work for BCPS need to set up their observer accounts with a personal email address.
- Parent iOS app (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
- Parent Andriod app (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.\
- Canvas App Features (Links to an external site.)
- Canvas Parent App Video Tutorial (Links to an external site.)
College and Career Readiness
College and Career Readiness
Naviance and Financial Aid Resources
This course will prepare seniors for graduation and post secondary options. The course is designed to assist students in planning and managing their goals and providing a variety of post secondary pathways that will allow students to individualize their college and career road map.
- College and Career Readiness-Seniors: https://browardschools.instructure.com/enroll/RTNFML
- Middle School College and Career Readiness: https://browardschools.instructure.com/enroll/HXY93R
- High School College and Career Readiness: https://browardschools.instructure.com/enroll/6NDFE9
ESE Resources & Information
Accessing your Child’s Documents (IEP, EP, PSSP)
Parent(s) or Guardian(s) who have given your school(s) the necessary email and or cell phone will receive an email from EDPlan Connect with a link to access these documents. Should you not receive the email, please contact us via email@example.com and provide your child’s name, student number, your email and a cell phone number. We will then send you the link.
Exceptional Student Learning Support
ESE Online Resources Students can register for online resources through a canvas course as part of the Learning Never Ends district resources to ensure that students with disabilities have to tools to continue skill development. Students and staff can self-enroll in the course at: https://browardschools.instructure.com/enroll/XTLXDN Pre-K AM/PM, Specialized, Intensive TeachTown
1. TeachTownParent Introduction Letter https://s3.amazonaws.com/teachtown-public/User-Support-Materials/TTBasics-English-parentLetter1.pdf
2. TeachTown Parent Instruction Letter https://s3.amazonaws.com/teachtown-public/User-Support-Materials/TTBasics-English-parentLetter2.pdf
3. The above instructions are available in Spanish, French, and Creole by clicking on the following link:
Family Network on Disabilities
PBS for Parents
Elementary Access all resources and materials recommended for general education peers. Additional resources below. Secondary Access all resources and materials recommended for general education peers. Additional resources below. Transition Home Work Readiness Skill Development
- www.EmployFlorida.com and https://www.thecareerindex.com/dsp_intro.cfm for job searching
- https://www.matsuk12.us/cms/lib/AK01000953/Centricity/Domain/2596/DisplayFile.pdf resume worksheet
Get a Job Keep a Job
Career Exploration with Videos
Online Transition Career Interest Assessments
Social Skills Development
- https://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/youth/softskills/ - skills to pay the bills are interpersonal skills that job seekers need to succeed on the job. They include communicating clearly and appropriately, remembering work directions, working well with others, and knowing how to solve problems.
- http://www.selfadvocacyonline.org/learning/speakingup/ self-advocacy video
- www.Mint.com – financial tool students can use to understand their spending. Can also use it to track and set savings goals.
- https://www.myfloridacfo.com/mymoney/ financial literacy through interactive videos to teach the basics of money management.
- http://www.practicalmoneyskills.com - Basic money skills
- Khan Academy Online courses - https://www.khanacademy.org/
- www.YouTube.com multiple videos including how to tell time.
- Skills to Pay the Bills - https://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/youth/softskills/SoftSkills-videos.htm
Making my way through College
Each day, in addition to educational time with the hard copies of the worksheets, or online instruction, youth are encouraged to apply daily living skills at home by identifying a minimum of one household task (laundry, garbage, dishes, sweeping, vacuuming, food prep, creating a grocery list, etc.) per day to complete and master for success!
Coronavirus Social Stories: Other Social Story Resources for Parents: Parents can join Carol Gray’s Social Story club as a free resource for numerous social story resources on various topics at: https://carolgraysocialstories.com/carols-club/register/ Resources for Caregivers
- Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) A Parent Resource
- Hable con sus hijos sobre el COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Un recurso para padres
- Parler aux enfants du COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Une ressource pour les parents
- Coping After a Disaster Elementary School Activities
- Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health
- Tips for Caregivers, Parents, And Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
- Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
- Preparing for Infectious Disease Epidemics
Directions for accessing Microsoft Word Online and Immersive Reader
1. Log into Clever ; 2. Click on O365 in the Clever Launchpad 3. Click on Word 4. Click on "New Blank Document" 5. Add text. Text can be something copy and pasted from a website or worksheet (i.e. NEWSELA). Text might also be something that students have produced themselves. 6. Once text is in, click Immersive Reader 7. This will move the text into Immersive Reader. 8. Once in Immersive Reader there are many amazing functions. Using this link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEgMTg8BPYw, please view this brief video on using Immersive Reader. This will explain some of the features available within the program which is completely free within our office 365 accounts.
Available via the Single-Sign-On Clever LaunchPad.
Algebra Nation (6-12)
A dynamic resource available to all math students in Florida! Algebra Nation is customized to help students succeed in 6th-8th Grade Mathematics, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and beyond.
A geographic information system for working with maps and geographic information. Students can create, manage, share, and analyze spatial data.
Provides chess education for kids of all skill levels.
Provides activities to learn computer science.
Discovery Education (K-12)
Supports K–12 students with award-winning curricular resources.
i-Ready (K-8/ only participating schools)
An interactive online learning environment designed to assess students and provide individualized instruction based on each one's unique needs.
Khan Academy (K-12/Multilingual)
Offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empowers learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Khan Academy tackles math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.
Learning A-Z (K-5)
Combines reading and writing with many other 21st-century skills to provide the assessment, instruction, and practice students need.
Scholastic (K-5/6-12 DLA classes)
Provides students with multiple opportunities for deep, critical reading at every level.
The Pinnacle Gradebook
Link to Pinnacle (Links to an external site.)
The grade you see in Pinnacle is your child's current grade for the quarter. All assignments and grades populate into Pinnacle. Canvas has a course progress tool that lets you see grades for assignments graded only within Canvas. Any other assignments that are completed on a third party site like USA Test Prep, Khan Academy, Math Nation, etc. are scored and put into Pinnacle. It is important that you understand that the course progress grade in Canvas does not factor in any assignments from third party sites like the ones mentioned. If you want to know your child's current grade in a course, you look at Pinnacle.
Go to the Pinnacle Gradebook
Default Student Login:
- On the homepage, click on "Options"
- Add the Email Address(es) and Phone Number(s) you'd like to receive information sent to
- Click "Notifications" and add the types of notifications you want (recommendations below)
Important Notification Options to Choose
- Weekly grade summary.
Provides a detailed assignment list for each class so you can see grades on each assignment - choose the day you'd like to receive the report.
Select to receive the unexcused and excused absence notifications so you know if your child is reporting to their live sessions.
- Class Alerts.
Sends email notification if a grade in a class drops below a certain level. The default is 90% but you can adjust it to have any threshold you want.
REMEMBER TO CLICK SAVE ONCE YOU'VE MADE YOUR SELECTIONS!
Secondary Resources for Students
Secondary Resources for 6-12 Students
Instructional Materials(All content areas: ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies) Every student can access the core components via the “Digital Student Resources” app in the SSO LaunchPad which redirects to the Middle School and High School Student Resources course in Canvas. CPalms.org(All content areas: ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies) CPALMS is an online toolbox of information, vetted resources, and interactive tools that helps educators effectively implement teaching standards. It is the State of Florida's official source for standards information and course descriptions. Available at https://www.cpalms.org/Public/ FloridaStudents.Org(All content areas: ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies) Florida Students have access to this free resource provided by the Florida Department of Education through CPALMS. This is a website for students with hundreds of free original student tutorials. Available at https://www.floridastudents.org/. i-ReadyMath and ELA/Reading Students at participating middle school (6-8) should continue working on their learning pathways and/or teacher assigned lessons. Available through SSO LaunchPad. To learn how to get your child started and get tips on how to monitor progress and support their child please visit http://bit.ly/2U3iou6. Khan AcademyMath, Science, and ELA/Reading Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Available through SSO LaunchPad or https://www.khanacademy.org/ Newsela.comSocial Studies, Science, and ELA/Reading Newsela contains passages across the content areas that are aligned to the social studies and science curriculum as well as the ELA/Reading standards. Available through the SSO LaunchPad or https://newsela.com/.
Free Secondary Mathematics Recommended Resources
Elements of Mathematics Foundation (EMF) Middle school students (6-8) enrolled in the EMF program should continue working on their curriculum. Students may use the following URL https://www.elementsofmathematics.com/eimacs/signin
to access the curriculum.
Math Nation Math Nation provides videos and workbooks for secondary students to learn at their own pace, in their own place, at any time. Students may access their Math Nation account through the SSO LaunchPad. Parents can get more information at https://www.algebranation.com/fl/families.
Free Secondary ELA and Reading Recommended Resources
CommonLit CommonLit.org contains engaging reading passages compiled into text sets with questions and writing prompts that are aligned to the standards. Available at https://www.commonlit.org/. Listenwise Listenwise.com contains free audio texts with questions and graphic organizers on a variety of topics for students to choose from. Available at https://listenwise.com/. Audible Participating students ages 13 in grades 8-12 who completed and returned the Parent Consent Form receive free access to the audible app on their tablet or phone. This includes unlimited access to 80 titles in the School Collection and 12 credits for your choice of 12 audiobooks from the entire Audible catalog.
Free Secondary Science Recommended Resources
Science News for Students Science News for Students is a free online publication that provides award winning topical science news articles to learners, parents and educators that connect the latest in scientific research to learning. Available at: https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/ PBS.org PBS.org is a free online resource that contains videos and popular shows aligned to topics in science 6-12. A great way to provide real-world examples of scientific content. Available at: https://www.pbs.org/ (On the homepage select shows then science and nature on the left hand menu)
Free Secondary Social Studies Recommended Resources
iCivics ICivics.org uses games to transform abstract concepts into real-life problems. Students gain civic knowledge and skills because the learning experience is fun and challenging. They learn without even realizing it. Available at: https://www.icivics.org/ Civics 360 Civics360 is an interactive civics review tool to help Florida students improve their understanding of civics. Available at: http://civics360.org/ Florida Council on Economic Education FCEE prepares Florida’s young people for personal and financial success through educational programs in economics, the free enterprise system and personal financial literacy so that they become productive members of the workforce, responsible consumers and wise investors.Available at: http://www.fcee.org/educational-resources/online-resources/
Additional ESOL Multilingual Resources
InSync * InSync provides Resources for Class and Home to support Academic Achievement of every child. https://www.browardschools.com/Page/38587
*Requires Broward Student ID & Password
Follett eBook * Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and schools. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, eBooks and audiovisual materials. https://www.browardschools.com/Page/38633
* Requires Broward Student ID & Password
Free Advanced Placement Resources
AP Classroom Students can access their AP curriculum by logging into their CollegeBoard account at: https://account.collegeboard.org/login/signUp. Once logged in they have access to their classroom teacher's AP classroom online instructional resource. This will enable students to interact with their teacher and maintain the proper pace of learning to prepare for the AP exam. Khan Academy Khan Academy also offers students the ability to connect their PSAT/SAT results to their Khan Academy account. This creates a personalized learning pathway for SAT practice. Available through SSO LaunchPad or https://www.khanacademy.org/. Information about linking PSAT/SAT results to Khan Academy can be found at: http://bit.ly/2W6bDdE
Tips for Parents
Tips for Parents
Parents involvement in the education of their child is extremely important not only during the early stages in their education but throughout. Below are some tips for parents on how they can support their child at home to be successful in school.
Send Your Child to School Ready to Learn:
Make sure your child gets sleep each and every night so your child is fully rested. Also, make sure that your child eats a nutritious breakfast every morning to make sure they are ready for the start of their school day.
Get to know your child’s teachers:
Visit your child’s school when you can for functions and meetings such as open house, school orientation, teacher-parent conferences, PTSA meetings, etc. Positive home-school relationships help your child flourish during their school journey
Support Homework Expectations:
Establish routines at home to support daily homework and study skills. Providing an environment at home where your child can review what they learned at school and practice skills can help with achievement.
Teach Organizational Skills:
Work with your child to make sure he or she has all of their needed supplies for class. Being prepared helps children with organization skills. Also, when appropriate, teach your child to have a “to-do” list or check their agenda/planner. Repetition and routines help your child in this area.
Take Attendance Seriously:
If kids are sick or not feeling well, it’s ok to stay home to recover. Otherwise, children should come to school each and every day so they don’t fall behind, which can be stressful. When students come to school every day, their chances of excelling increases.