Parent University Online

The Alliance for Public Schools has always believed that our public schools are central to our community well-being and realize how stressful facing the temporary closure of this community resource is for families. In an effort to support families and supplement teachers’ online instruction, we are compiling available resources for parents to utilize with their children while schools are closed.

Below you will find some of the best curated resources available to parents. In collaboration with the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association, we will be adding useful sites, tools, and modules from our Parent University program that can be accessed online.

As we navigate this unprecedented time, we welcome suggestions on how we can better support parents during the school closures. Please feel free to contact us via email or connect through Facebook or Twitter. To stay up to date with the latest information impacting public schools, visit our blog.

Hillsborough County Public Schools

Hillsborough County Public Schools has a handy guide to provide parents and guardians with helpful information for using Canvas to support and monitor student academic progress.

Orange County Public Schools

Orange County Public Schools

Orange County Public Schools has numerous resources to help parents and students navigate LaunchEd learning at home.

Pinellas County Public Schools

Pinellas County Public Schools has provided information and frequently asked questions about their MyPCS Online distance learning option.

Volusia County Public Schools

This page outlines the learning options available to families in Volusia County.

Tampa Bay STEM Network

Tampa Bay STEM Network

The Tampa Bay STEM Network has created a list of engaging opportunities and resources provided by the partner organizations of the Network, including the Alliance!

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Khan Academy

This online resource is often used to supplement school-based instruction. It is a great resource for parents and their students to support learning at home during school closures.

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STEM Ecosystems

The Alliance for Public Schools proudly participates with the Tampa Bay STEM Network in this national network to improve K-12 STEM education. Communities from across the country have developed a list of resources available for parents and students.

Duke TIP

Duke TIP

The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) provides resources, enrichment activities, and advice for academically talented students.Their latest blog post provides resources for students learning at home.

We Are Teachers

This online community, usually focused on peer to peer support for teachers, has compiled one of the most comprehensive lists of parent resources available.

Read on MyOn

myON Reader

Renaissance myON® Reader allows students to choose what they want to read in a digital environment, while motivating them to become better, more confident readers. Through partnerships with community organizations, myON Reader is available to children in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

National Geographic Kids

National Geographic

These online resources include games, videos, brain games and links to more in-depth resources that can support the project-based learning assigned by teachers during this time of distance learning.

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Smithsonian

This site contains a wonderful collection of materials in various forms, virtual tours, podcasts, videos and more drawn from a vast national collection that covers topics from art to zoology.

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Google Arts and Culture

Google has partnered with over 2,500 museums around the world to provide virtual tours. Peek inside the Museum of Modern Art in New York City or the British Museum in London and explore famous works of art, exhibits and more. Search “National Parks” to find tours from the National Park Service.

Discovery Education

Discovery Education

Discovery Education hosts field trips centered around engaging themes and can be accessed live or watched later in a recorded format. The site includes supplemental learning materials available for download.

United Way Suncoast

United Way Suncoast

As the provider of the 211 resource guide for families, United Way Suncoast has created a growing database for families about resources that can be accessed during this difficult time. United Way Suncoast serves Hillsborough, Pinellas, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties. For all other locations, visit United Way’s 211 locator.

Hillsborough County Public Schools

Access school district information and resources including Grab-and-Go food locations for student breakfasts and lunches.

Orange County Public Schools

Orange County Public Schools

Find feeding locations for all LaunchEd students throughout Orange County.

Pinellas County Public Schools

Find information about feeding locations and the student food and nutrition program in Pinellas County Public Schools.

Volusia County Public Schools

This page gives information about the school breakfast and lunch program in Volusia County Public Schools.

FL Department of Education

Florida Department of Education

The Department of Education has compiled a list of state level resources, food related resources and other private or non-profit sites that provide additional information and supports for families.

A message from a teacher

The closing of schools has been stressful for everyone- students, educators, AND parents. We reached out to one of our favorite teachers for some words of wisdom to help parents of teenagers during this trying time.

Patrick Boyko is a Hillsborough County high school teacher. He was the 2014 Hillsborough County Teacher of the Year and is considered an expert in all of the subjects he teaches: “Holocaust Studies” and “Wars of the 20th Century.”  He has also created and written curriculum for a class taught to freshmen at his school titled “Introduction to Leadership.”