COVID-19 Updates & Aid

The East Central Ohio Educational Service Center (“ESC”) recognizes that the closure of schools across Ohio in response to the Coronavirus pandemic has created childcare dilemmas for many families. The school closures have also left Ohio’s substitute teachers without employment. In an effort to solve these mutual problems, the ESC is using its website to post the names and contact information of these substitute teachers interested in finding childcare work from the families of the ESC’s school district clients.

The individuals listed below are not employees, agents, partners, volunteers, or contractors of the ESC, the North Coast Shared Services Alliance, or the local school district in which your child is enrolled. The ESC makes no representations regarding these individuals’ experience in or fitness for providing childcare services. The ESC is not permitted to disclose whether these individuals have received criminal background checks. Therefore, if you are interested, please ask that question of the individual when you contact them. The ESC therefore makes no representation regarding whether they are currently under any legal disability which would otherwise prevent them from performing childcare services. A person contacting any of the individuals listed below for childcare services assumes all risks of any nature whatsoever which may be incurred as a result of the individual for childcare services.

ECOESC Childcare Resources

Additionally, as parents and students navigate education from home, please see the following pages for information about our services and some additional educational information:

Professional Development from ODE

Reading Rockets Reading 101: A Guide to Teach Reading and Writing – A self-paced, no cost course  for preschool/elementary teachers focusing on effective strategies and techniques to teach the Big 5 Ideas of Reading.  This course is taught by national literacy leaders.

Keys to Literacy – Collection of recorded videos and webinars on various topics including argument writing, five components of reading, quick writes, etc. by Joan Sedita, national literacy professional development leader.

Keys to Literacy Live Webinars for April  – Registration required for these no-cost live events offered by Joan Sedita.

Dr. Anita Archer – Video collection for elementary and secondary teachers on explicit instruction for background knowledge, vocabulary, read alouds, decoding, multisyllabic words, etc.

Shanahan on Literacy – Renowned international literacy leader Tim Shanahan’s collection of presentations and weekly blog on literacy improvement.

YSU Science of Reading SeriesRecorded webinars on the foundations of the science of reading, word recognition, and language comprehension presented by Ohio Literacy Lead Michelle Elia.

Walsh Administrator Literacy Series – Recorded webinars on the foundations of the science of reading, quality of instruction, leadership challenges, and literacy assessment presented by Ohio Literacy Lead Michelle Elia and Dr. David Brobeck, Program Director of Graduate Education at Walsh University.  

Teaching Teachers How to Teach Reading by MPR Reports

Louisa Moats

The Reading League

David Kilpatrick The PAST Test

William VanCleave

Family Resources

  • Libby Download
    Digital e-books and digital audiobooks to download from your public library.  
  • Readaskchat
    Available now for free with code: 5RVLD4.  Parents can download the entire digital library funded by the National Science Foundation.  Books with text embedded conversation starters for caregivers. (Birth-K/1)
  • Oz Phonics
    Phonemic awareness and letter sounds
  • Kids A-Z
    Free sample books for primary aged children – purchase opens an extended library
  • OG Card Deck
    Practice sound to letter match (includes vowels, consonants, vowel teams, VCe, etc.).  You can select which to focus on, randomize a practice card deck, select pronunciation, etc.
  • EBLI
    Sight words 
  • Cimo and Snow Spelling Pals Lite
    Beginning readers to learn words by sight or sound out. 
  • Fry Words
    High frequency words (Low cost)
  • A1 Spelling
    Helps kids learn common spellings. 
  • Phonics Awareness 1st grade
    Pre-reading first grade skills. 
  • Syllables4Kinder
    Sentences are made of words, word parts, syllable segmentation, etc. (Low cost)
  • Sight Word Ninja
    Sight words (Low cost)
  • Phonics Genius
    Primary level phonics activities (Low cost)
  • Grammar Up- Lite Edition
    Grammar, word selection, and vocabulary for intermediate grades and up.
  • Word Magic
    Preschool and kindergarten (Low cost)

Educator Resources
  • Recommendations for Teachers Using Zoom
  • Public Resources to Support Remote Learning
  • INFOhio
    Added new resources for school closure:
    Click on the special banner at the top.  Their Educator Tools has over 70,00 lesson plans. Also find webquests, instructional bags, videos, lessons with digital content including digital video collection, resources groups, discussion boards, Storia e-book collections, etc.
  • Learn Everywhere
    This website was designed in response to collecting as many links and tools for teachers and families during this time.  It covers all grade levels and 7 subjects. It contains links to games, activities, virtual field trips in a very user friendly format.
  • Khan Academy
    Largest collection by grade and content area.  Includes core subjects plus AP courses, engineering, computer programming, and more.
  • Curriki
    Curriculum and lesson plans for K-12 all in digital format in multiple content areas including core subjects, CTE,computer science, and the arts.
  • Deck Toys
    Build complete lessons within minutes with your existing teaching content such as study sets, PPT or Google Slides for a fun and interactive game-based learning.
  • Kahoot
    Create your own kahoot in minutes or choose from 30+ million read-to-play games, play live in class or share student-paced challenges, and dive into game reports to assess learning.
  • ScootPad
    ScootPad adapts in real-time to meet students exactly where they are with the right level of practice, instruction, remediation and assessment to ensure they master every concept.  ScootPad will automatically detect knowledge gaps in real-time and scaffold learning to prerequisite skills (at or below grade level) to help each student catch up on exactly what they need to move ahead.
  • Edpuzzle
    Interactive video lessons with student progress tracking.
  • CommonLit
    2,000 high-quality free reading passages for grades 3-12, complemented by aligned interim assessments, growth-oriented data, and expert-led teacher development.  Collection consists of texts for multiple content areas, levels, genres, book pairings, etc. 
  • In Thinking
    Resources for high school content areas including literature, biology, economics, Spanish, German, French, etc.
  • Edulastic
    K-12 assessment tool that allows teachers to make their own assessments and assignments or choose from over 35,000 pre-made assessments. Teachers get immediate feedback, can provide feedback to students, and can tie questions to learning standards.
  • Fiveable
    Resources for AP students including live reviews, live trivia, and study guides.
  • EPIC! Digital Library
    Digital library of over 35,000 books.  Elementary teachers have free access upon sign-up, then teachers can share information with families to sign in.  Families cannot sign up without having a teacher access first. 
  • National Association for Gifted Children Resources
  • Gifted and Talented Resources
  • Florida Center for Reading and Research 
  • ReadWorks
  • Newsela
  • Heggerty Phonemic Awareness
  • Brain Pop 
  • Gamilab
    Create fun and engaging learning games for your class. Flip your classroom and have your students participate in creating tasks and challenges in the game.Give your students an opportunity to be part of the game creation process by having them come up with their own questions, quizzes and tests.
  • FlipGrid
    Social learning for Pre-K and up. Learners share ideas, stories, and work via short videos. 
  • Schoology
    Schoology brings together the best K-12 learning management system with assessment management to improve student performance , foster collaboration and personalize learning.
  • Smithsonian Tween Tribune
    Articles on a variety of topics for grades K-12 with multiple lexiles for one article.
  • Newsela
    Engage every learner with thousands of real-world texts that feature diverse perspectives and people all students can identify with.
  • Gynzy
    Educational software that combines standards-aligned lessons, bite-sized games & activities, and class management tools to unlock the potential of your Interactive Whiteboard.
  • HippoCampus
    7,000 videos in 13 subject areas
  • PBS Learning Media
    Standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for P-K – High School.
  • Seesaw
    Student driven digital portfolios and simple parent communication. 


ELA Resources

  • Wilson Language Training
    Supporting students at home with Fundations, Just Words and Wilson Reading
  • Read Theory
    Reading comprehension K-12.
  • ReadWorks
    Literacy lessons that include comprehension and short passages to analyze for grades K-12.
  • Read Write Think
    K-12 ELA resources.
  • Florida Center for Reading and Research
    Lessons, activites, and instructional support for K-12 ELA.
  • The Writing Revolution
    Scroll down to the boxes to find customizable templates, activities for students, and assessment tools. 
  • ThinkCERCA
    ThinkCERCA’s expert-designed lessons walk students through the process of analyzing content-rich texts and multimedia to construct cohesive argumentative, informational, or narrative writings.

  • CK-12 Foundation Students and Teachers
    Lessons, digital content, texts, units, etc. from 1st grade math thru Precalculus.  Each lesson has a reading passage, videos, optional review questions, and self-graded practice questions. The lessons can be assigned to Google Classroom, and grades can be generated.  
  • Prodigy Math Learning Platform
    1st – 8th grade students to learn and practice math
  • Delta Math
    Math content middle school – AP Calculus.
  • Free Math
    Collect digital assignments from students and enables quick grading by grouping similar student work on each question. It isn’t limited to a specific bank of questions and all of the work done by students is completely freeform, so it can work for a broad range of classes.
  • Mangahigh
    Online Math program: teachers can assign and assess students’ performance online and exchange messages with their students in a virtual environment.
  • Greg Tang Math
    Online math games
  • Splash Learn

  • High School Chemistry
    Articles by chemistry concept.
  • CK-12 Foundation Student and Teacher
    Lessons, digital content, texts, units, etc. from K – Physics.  Each lesson has a reading passage, videos, optional review questions, and self-graded practice questions. The lessons can be assigned to Google Classroom, and grades can be generated.
  • Carnegie Mellon University Computer Science Academy
    Online, interactive computer science curriculum for high schools that is engaging, creative, rigorous and fun that includes teacher training, an online interactive textbook, and online technical support.
  • Kids Discover Online
    Library of science materials.
  • Mystery Science
    All of the lessons below are expertly designed to engage students, achieve learning outcomes, and be easy for teachers to use. We have short mini-lessons that are completely digital and full lessons that include an activity. All of the activities are designed to use simple supplies a parent will likely already have at home. 
  • National Geographic for Kids
    Variety of activities and resources. 
  • NASA STEM at home for grades K-4
    Activities for students and families.
  • National Parks Virtual Tool
  • Generation Genius
    Get instant access to hours of fun, standards-based learning videos, lesson plans, activities, quizzes & more. (one month free)

Social Studies & Foreign Language
  • CK-12 Foundation Student and Teacher
    Lessons, digital content, texts, units, etc. including economics, sociology, government, etc.  Each lesson has a reading passage, videos, optional review questions, and self-graded practice questions. The lessons can be assigned to Google Classroom, and grades can be generated.  
  • Conjugemos
    “Use without account” option has vocabulary, grammar, listening activities and games in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Korean, and Latin.
  • Kids Discover Online
    Library of social studies materials.