In light of our recent school closings due to COVID-19 (aka the Coronavirus), we want to reach out with resources to support the transition to teaching remotely. Recognizing the challenges that this may present, we are working to find and share resources that include best practices for distance education, educational content providers that have removed paywall requirements, and accurate COVID-19 updates. 

To support this work we will be pushing out and organizing resources on our website at and through our social media accounts. 

You can access our social media accounts using the following tools

  • Using Twitter @NCCSS using the hashtag #nccsscommunity
  • Using Facebook at NCCSS VOICE


We will be updating these resources over the next few weeks. If you would like to contribute to the conversation, please connect with us through our Twitter hashtag, Facebook account, or by emailing [email protected]

We'd like to highlight that the National Council for the Social Studies will be hosting a FREE webinar, "When COVID-19 Closes Your School: Ideas and Suggestions for Social Studies Instruction from the NCSS," on March 25 at 4:30pm. Visit the NCSS site for more information and to register. 

The outpouring of support from the social studies community has been tremendous and as a connected group of educators we are stronger together through challenging transitions.

Thank you all for the support and we hope these resources will aid in the hard work you do for all of our students in NC. 

Best Wishes,

NCCSS Board of Directors


additional resources

Have any you'd like to add? Email [email protected]

Open Source Curriculum/Teaching Tools

The following spreadsheet contains a list of companies or organizations that have lifted paywalls for the next few weeks in order to support instruction:

Carolina K-12 Offers Hundreds of Free Lesson Plans

Carolina K-12 offers hundreds of engaging and ready-to-implement lesson plans and activities for use in K-12 classrooms, all of which are available for free download in our Database of K-12 Resources at All lessons are aligned to the NC Essential Standards and are created using interactive and higher-order thinking strategies to maximize student engagement.

Using Khan Academy for Remote Learning During School Closures

While Khan Academy has been around for awhile, this post provides best practices for using Khan Academy during school closures. 

Using Khan Academy During School Closures

Studies Weekly Online

Studies Weekly is now available to ALL schools for distance learning during the Coronavirus outbreak. Get directions for your free curriculum at


Whether you are at school or at home, Newsela is here to help during #COVID19 All teachers can now access Newsela ELA, Newsela Social Studies, Newsela Science and the SEL Collection for FREE for the rest of the school year.

Get instant access using the following link:

Social Studies School Service

Social Studies School Service is making their three digital platforms available free of charge until the end of the school year.  For access to the elementary program (K-3), Nystrom Young Citizens, Active Classroom (5th-12th) or Nystrom World (1st-12th), please go to:

C-SPAN Classroom

As we learn more school districts are shifting to online learning, we wanted to share the free digital resources that are available through C-SPAN Classroom. We offer thousands of free resources on a variety of topics including public affairs, the branches of government, history and literature. With educators looking for quality OER, we have made the decision to remove the login and password requirements that were necessary to view all of our lesson plans and bell ringers. Now teachers and students can search for and access any resource that was previously behind the login wall. We hope that removing this obstacle allows you and your students to easily utilize our resources in whatever learning platform you are using.

  • Our short Current Events video clips feature topics that are being discussed in the country.
  • Featured Resources are collections of C-SPAN Classroom resources organized by various topics and themes.
  • Our video based Lesson Plans include vocabulary terms, procedures and activities, as well as follow up assignments to reinforce students' learning.
  • Bell Ringers are short video clips with brief summaries, key vocabulary terms and related discussion questions.
  • Constitution Clips make the U.S. Constitution come alive by providing teachers and students with C-SPAN video clips of examples of the Constitution in action.
  • Our On This Day in History collection highlight key events that include several short video clips that provide context through archival footage and witness testimony (where available).
  • Deliberations offer lesson plans with video clips, articles and activities that present different sides of issues that are being discussed and debated in the country.
  • Free Online Trainings through Zoom offer personalized tutorials on all the free resources that are available on C-SPAN Classroom.

Resources for Teaching Remotely from the NC Museum of History and Beyond the Exhibits.
Explore exhibits online, engage the collections, tune into a podcast, and enrich your learning of Tar Heel history with digital resources from the North Carolina Museum of History.

These resource include our History-at-Home learning packets made to enrich your students’ understanding of our Tar Heel past. They feature compilations of Beyond the Exhibit resources which include background information, articles, videos, and activities all meeting North Carolina Social Studies and English/Language Arts standards on topics in North Carolina history. These at-home packets are designed for individual student use at home.

Check back for additional packets, coming soon!

NC Remote Learning and Resources and Information from the NC State Board of Education

Complimentary Webinars to Help You Prepare for Unforeseen School Closure from Simple K-12

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