Supporting Teachers in the Virtual Classroom
Welcome to Inspire at Home! As schools are closed to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Sanford Inspire is committed to supporting teachers with the resources they need to thrive in the online teaching environment.
Have you recently become a remote teacher? You are not alone!
Inspire at Home is a free online toolkit curated with vital training that equips you to practice effective self-care and support your students as they learn at home. This toolkit includes Sanford Inspire resources developed especially for classroom teachers to help you cope with stress, respond to students mindfully, and build relationships in a virtual teaching landscape.
At Sanford Inspire, we believe when your cup is full, you have more to share. Access the Sanford Inspire Online Learning Portal to get started today, and explore our helpful self-care, student, and parent and caregiver resources below!
About Sanford Inspire
Sanford Inspire celebrates and develops inspirational educators through free on-demand courses and resources designed to support social emotional learning and inspirational instruction in the Pre-K-12 classroom and with our partner universities. Sanford Inspire offers more than 70 free on-demand courses that can be completed in an hour or less, each one supporting educator professional development.
Sanford Inspire is made possible due to generous funding from the Denny Sanford Foundation. Entrepreneur and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford is a devoted advocate for programs that enhance the well-being of boys and girls. Mr. Sanford knows firsthand the powerful and lasting impact of inspirational teachers, and his investment supports the continued development of innovative resources that are improving outcomes and futures for children.
Why Choose Inspire at Home?
Personalized Professional Development
Explore a variety of free and affordable opportunities to deepen your learning and elevate your social emotional learning practice.
30- and 60-Minute Courses
Build teaching practices and develop SEL capacity through free, on-demand, self-guided modules written by university faculty and teachers.
Course Assessments and Certificates
Receive certificates of completion reflecting “time on module” which supports professional learning and personal growth.
Access Sanford Inspire webinars and modules when and where it’s convenient for you! All courses are accessible on your phone, tablet, and computer.
Here’s How to Get Started
Getting started with Inspire at Home is easy. In this toolkit, you’ll find recommendations for Inspire modules, on-demand webinars, articles, and resources from our trusted partners. Modules can be accessed in the Online Learning Portal. Register for free and use our annotated Getting Started Guide for easy navigation. For the best Portal experience, keep these tips in mind:
- Register for the Online Learning Portal and log in to access modules. It’s free!
- Navigate directly to a selected module from the links provided.
- If the link doesn’t take you to the module, don’t worry! Go to the Dashboard and search for modules by name.
- When searching for modules, type a keyword from the title or include the full title.
- You can also browse by topic when you want to explore more resources.
Teacher Self-Care Resources
Thank you for prioritizing your well-being. Students and parents will be looking to you for guidance, and we know that can add to your stress while taking away from the time you dedicate to self-care. Set aside some time to learn from these helpful modules from our Online Learning Portal and on-demand webinars.
Student Support Resources
Between schooling at home and processing the realities of a global pandemic, your students are encountering new experiences each day. Reaching out to offer support and encouragement will enrich their learning experience and their mental health. Let the following resources guide your path as you build relationships with students in your new virtual learning environment.
Parent and Caregiver Support Resources
Remote learning is new to your students’ parents and caregivers, too. Support them by sharing useful online resources like Harmony at Home and establishing open, honest communication. Review the following resources to learn new strategies designed to help you build strong relationships remotely.
Graduate Credit Opportunities for Teachers
You have resources at your fingertips. It’s time to start learning at home, just like your students. Take this opportunity to work on professional development, learn some new SEL teaching strategies, and earn graduate credits at no cost.
Sanford Inspire educators can earn up to nine free graduate credit hours through the completion of two Inspire courses (four modules each). These self-paced, asynchronous modules are designed to be completed in four weeks.
Upon successful completion, learners will receive transcripts from National University. You can transfer these credits toward completion of a Master of Arts in Education with Emphasis in Social Emotional Learning from National University, as part of the $7,500 tuition rate program.
Submit an application for the Sanford Inspire free graduate credit hours.
*This program is not designed for students seeking a teaching credential. National University course and program availability varies by state.
Check out these resources from Sanford Programs and our distinguished partners to optimize your virtual teaching experience.
Harmony at Home
Share the Harmony at Home online toolkit with parents and caretakers to equip them with resources and support to navigate their new role as homeschool teachers.
Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, President of the Learning Policy Institute and professor emeritus at Stanford University, wrote an article providing important resources for administrators, teachers, and parents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alliance for a Healthier Generation
From healthy meal ideas to sleep activities, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation has compiled resources to keep your mind and body healthy during times of change or transition.
Visit Edutopia’s site for relevant articles and videos to support teacher wellness and educator self-care.
A Note of Support and Commitment from Sanford Inspire and the National University System
Sanford Inspire wants to support educators with the resources they need to stay well and empowered during the COVID-19 pandemic and any future crises. The emotional and social well-being of educators, students, and their communities is our top priority. Best wishes for health, safety, and patience as you navigate these unusual circumstances and discover new opportunities to learn and develop your teaching career. As always, our team is available to answer your questions along the way. Contact us at SanfordPrograms@nu.edu.
Sr. Vice President, Sanford Programs
Michael R. Cunningham, Ph.D.
Chancellor, National University System