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As our communities navigate today’s uncharted waters, we’ve created resources to support you, your students, and their families. These materials have been developed specifically with distance learning in mind, and we hope they’ll be of service to you during these challenging times. Whether you are a teacher, administrator, or parent, native English or Spanish speaker, new friend or old, we have resources to support your educational needs. Peruse the options below to see which best support you.

Wishing you safety and good health.

FREE eBook Libraries

Curated Collections for Families and Caregivers

English, Spanish, and Dual Language libraries featuring hundreds of captivating, content-rich titles! Includes an At-Home Family Guide for engagement ideas.

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Benchmark Distance Learning Literacy Block

Live Sessions with Literacy Experts

Join us for daily Facebook Live Sessions with literacy experts Patty McGee, Adria Klein, Travis Crowder, Silvia Dorta-Duque de Reyes, and others. Join us for read-alouds, writing, word study, and more. Great for educators as well as families at home!

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Trade Book Story Time with Wiley Blevins

Read-Aloud Time Celebrating the Joy of Reading

The benefits of read-alouds are enormous! Literacy expert Wiley Blevins takes children on a literary journey through animated reads featuring stories of underrepresented voices. Enjoy with families or as part of your virtual learning instruction.

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Teachers Talk Shop

A new podcast for teachers by teachers (and literacy experts)

Teachers Talk Shop shares expert tips, the latest research, and personal stories behind the journey of great teaching. Each episode tackles your biggest questions around teaching and learning, and shares expert and practitioner guidance on reaching every student with best practices. Plus, you’ll get free resources —available after each episode.

To subscribe to this free podcast, visit our website or click here.

Virtual Teaching and Learning Tips

Ideas and How-To's for Using Benchmark Universe

Learn about all of the tools that are already included in Benchmark Universe to support virtual learning environments!

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If you are a Benchmark Advance/Adelante or Benchmark Workshop/Taller user, these customized resources were designed just for you.

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Benchmark Advance and Adelante Distance Learning Activities

Daily Activities to Keep Advancing

Each week, we’ll provide a series of meaningful learning tasks for each grade using Benchmark Advance/Adelante online resources. We’ll focus on reading, writing, phonics/word study, and reflection/extensions connected to the program’s instruction. Join our Facebook Group to share and learn with other teachers and to get exclusive notifications when new content is posted!

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Not on Facebook? You can also access this content here.

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Benchmark Workshop Distance Learning Activities

Each week, we’ll provide a series of meaningful learning tasks for each grade using Benchmark Workshop/Taller online resources. We’ll focus on reading, writing, phonics/word study and reflection/extensions connected to the program’s instruction. Join our Facebook Group to share and learn with other teachers and get exclusive notifications when new content is posted

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123 Andrés Letter Song Videos

Added for Benchmark Adelante

For the rest of the school year, enjoy brand-new letter song videos created by Latin Grammy Award winners 123 Andrés! You can assign these videos to students for engaging learning at home.

To find: Log in to Benchmark Universe and click on your Benchmark Adelante library. Then choose the 123 Andrés Songs and Videos from the drop-down menu (top left).