Teaching & Learning

Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

Teaching & Learning Resources

Math Resources

Desmos LogoDesmos for Teachers

Grade-level: K-12. For teachers, there are supports for distance learning using Desmos. Multiple online training opportunities.

Screenshot of Math Equity web page.Math Equity

The Math Access and Equity Resources During Distance Learning website shares resources for educators and families specific to mathematics support with a focus on equity and access.

SFU Math LogoSan Francisco Unified Mathematics Department

Grade-level: K-5. The math department has created and shared a number of open educational resources including their core curriculum. SFUnified Math Lessons

YouCubed LogoYouCubed

Grade Level: K-12. The YouCubed website houses resources that inspire math success for all students through growth mindsets and innovative teaching. Their main goal is to inspire, educate and empower teachers of mathematics, transforming the latest research on math learning into accessible and practical forms.

InsideMath LogoInside Mathematics

Grade Level: 2-12. A professional resource for teachers, coaches, and administrators passionate about improving students’ mathematics learning and performance. Resources include videos, lessons, problems of the month, and tasks.

Illustrative Math LogoIllustrative Mathematics

Grade Level: K-12. Illustrative Mathematics provides free access to a library of tasks and resources, and the latest articles, case studies, and wisdom from our respected curriculum authors.

Achieve the Core LogoAchieve the Core

Grade Level: K-12. Math classroom resources include lessons, tasks, assessments, and coherence maps.

Open Middle logoOpen Middle

Grade Level: K-12. Open middle provides engaging worksheets by grade level that have students investigate a math idea. Students play with numbers, operations, and other math ideas.

NCTM LogoNCTM Illuminations

Grade Level: K-12. A project designed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) that offers tasks K-12 that are searchable by Common Core Standard, by name, or by topic. The tasks usually include the description, objectives and standards, materials, assessments and extensions, questions and reflections, and related resources.

"A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction"A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction

Grade Level: 6-8. Resources and guidance to support Black, Latinx, and Multilingual students to thrive in grades 6-8.

Science Resources

ntsa logoNational Science Teaching Association (NSTA)

To support all educators during this difficult time, NSTA is offering a free 30-day membership, providing you with access to more than 12,000 digital professional learning resources and tools. Simply create an account here and start developing your own personalized digital learning experience.

common sense ed logoCommon Sense Education

48 Different Resource/ Labs for Science

science buddies logoScience Buddies

Teacher Resources - Science Buddies has over 1,200 Project Ideas in all areas of science.

nasa LogoNASA STEM

Resources Includes downloadable storybooks and has companion Educator Guides

teach engineering LogoTeach Engineering

NGSS hands-on activities featured by grade, focus on the engineering design component of the Next Gen standards, Making sense of phenomena and solving problems while deepening student engagement.

noaa LogoNational Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Education Resources

The NOAA Education Portal is your one-stop shop to connect with learning and teaching resources about the ocean and atmosphere. Discover curricula, lesson plans, and real-time data to bring NOAA science into your classroom.

PBS logoPBS Learning Media K-12 Interactive

Explore natural phenomena and scientific practices with videos, lesson plans, and interactive tools.

phet logoPhet Simulations

Interactive Simulations for Science and Math

exploratorium logoExploratorium - Science Snacks

Exciting science activities based on amazing phenomena. Science Snacks are hands-on, teacher-tested, and use cheap, available materials.

mystery science logoMystery Science

Starter set of science lessons; mini-lessons and full-lessons organized by grade level.

Technology Resources

zoom LogoZoom

Online communication/collaboration/teaching platform

google meet LogoGoogle Meet

Online communication, collaboration, & teaching platform

google classroom LogoGoogle Classroom

Virtual Classroom Platform

nearpod logoNearpod

Teaching Platform

flipgrid LogoFlipGrid

Empowering Voice through Videos

epic logoEpic

Content Library with thousands of online books

edpuzzle LogoEdPuzzle

Build online lessons using existing videos

thrively LogoThrively

Career Exploration

Go Outside: Environmental Education Resources

DecorativeCalifornia State Parks PORTS

California State Parks PORTS Home Learning Programs from across California to access our precious natural resources virtually.

DecorativeVirtual National Parks

Ready to explore Yellowstone? You don't have to wait for your trip out here. You can start exploring now by virtually touring some of the main attractions around the park.

DecorativeGreat Lakes Now

Great Lakes Now brings along students on a virtual field trip to learn more about the importance of coastal wetlands, the danger of algal blooms and a deep dive into lake sturgeon.


Contribute to Science. Observe Nature. Every observation can contribute to biodiversity science, from the rarest butterfly to the most common backyard weed


Every birdwatcher has unique knowledge and experience. eBird gathers this information in the form of checklists of birds, archives it, and freely shares it to power new data-driven approaches to science, conservation and education.

DecorativeMonterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium inspires conservation of the ocean. The webcams display life from the ocean.

DecorativeSan Diego Zoo

Bringing Wildlife into your home. We’re Here Together allows you to connect with the animals from the San Diego Zoo.

DecorativeFarm 360

Virtual Tours of Canadian Farms and Dairies.


For every amateur astronomer, you can use it to prepare your next observing session, or simply look back on your observing achievements, and share them with your friends.

DecorativeNature Conservancy

Experience nature with the conservancy. Watch the Elkhorn Slough Otter Cams.

Websites from MCOE

Bright Futures Website/LogoDream Big... Read!

MCOE's Bright Futures, Goal 3 language and literacy workgroup contains family resources, community partnerships, county libraries information, and quarterly newsletters to support foundational literacy.

Screenshot of Math Equity web page.Math Equity

The Math Access and Equity Resources During Distance Learning website shares resources for educators and families specific to mathematics support with a focus on equity and access.

Language & Literacy Website/LogoLanguage & Literacy Website

The Language and Literacy website contains resources and updates for Monterey County.

Content, Literacy, Inquiry, and Citizenship Project Website/LogoMonterey County History-Social Science and Civic Education

The Monterey County History-Social Science and Civic Education website shares resources for educators, youth, and community partners to expand equitable content, literacy, inquiry, and civic empowerment in Monterey County and Region 5.

Virtual Field Trip Resources

DecorativeBoston Children’s Museum

Virtual tour and archive of growing and learning activities available from home.

DecorativeSmithsonian Natural History

The Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History virtual tours allow visitors to take self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibits and areas within the museum from their desktop or mobile device.

DecorativeMetropolitan Museum of Art

The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in three iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters. Millions of people also take part in The Met experience online.

DecorativeSmithsonian Air and Space Museum

Bring the wonder of Air and Space to life through videos, hands on activities, games, and more. We have something for every learner, Our learning resources bring the National Air and Space Museum’s one-of-a-kind collections and world class research to you, anywhere and anytime.

DecorativeBirthplaces of Music

Birthplaces of Music: A Virtual Field Trip is a fully interactive, virtual field trip through the world of music history. During this trip, you will visit the birthplaces of four of the most popular genres of music in the world today: classical, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, and country.

DecorativeThe Louvre

Visit the museum's exhibition rooms and galleries, contemplate the façades of the Louvre.

DecorativeThe Great Wall of China

Commonly considered a wonder of the world, the Great Wall boasts a history of over 2,000 years and stretches more than 3,000 miles across several provinces of northern China, making it one of the most impressive ancient structures on the planet.

DecorativeAccess Mars

Access Mars lets you explore a 3D replica of the Martian surface, exactly as it was recorded by the Curiosity Rover.

Decorative360 Cities

Explored curated sets of photographs from cities around the world.

DecorativeEllis Island

A virtual field trip to Ellis island.

VAPA Resources

DecorativeVAPA Distance Learning Resources

Google sheet of all visual and performing arts recommended.

DecorativeSight Reading Factory

Makes the important skill of sight reading practical and effective.

DecorativeKennedy Center

A robust collection of digital learning resources associated with the arts.

DecorativeMusic Theory

Online music theory lessons.

DecorativeDeep Space Sparkle

Deep Space Sparkle offers art lesson plans and teaching resources that will help you teach art to kids, even if you aren't a great artist.

DecorativeThe Getty

Enhance students' understanding of artists, art history, materials, and techniques with interactive Web pages, online games, activities, and videos.

DecorativePBS Learning Media

KQED and PBS have curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more just for California teachers like you.

DecorativeKhan Academy

Online resource for studying 21st-century art as a burgeoning field of practice, research, and publication, making it an incredibly dynamic field of study.

DecorativeShakespeare Globe

Shakespeare's Globe is a reconstruction of the Globe Theatre, an Elizabethan playhouse for which William Shakespeare wrote his plays, in the London Borough of Southwark, on the south bank of the River Thames.

DecorativeGoogle Arts and Culture

Google Arts & Culture is an online platform through which the public can view high-resolution images and videos of artworks and cultural artifacts from partner cultural organizations throughout the world.

Language Arts Resources for Educators

DecorativeWide Open School

Grade-level: TK-12. A free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense.

DecorativeStory Online

Grade-level: TK-4. Featuring books on video! Celebrated actors read children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Each book includes activities to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills.

DecorativeReading Rockets: Reading Adventure Packs!

Grade-level: TK-3. Packets of hands-on learning centered around fiction and nonfiction books (available at libraries and online sites, i.e.-YouTube). Engagement activities include: art projects, imagination activities,and real world connections. Reading Adventure Packs are also provided Spanish.


Grade-level: K-2. Phonics and Reading Comprehension - students work on adaptive exercises in phonics, word recognition, and comprehension.

DecorativePBS Learning Media

Grade Level: TK-6. FREE and curated standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more just for teachers.

DecorativePBS-SoCal: Kids Lab

Grade Level: TK-6. Using games, apps, videos, and simple at-home activities, kids can take a journey that builds math and reading skills. This collection is organized around PBS media resources that support children’s development of numeracy and literacy skills. Resources are also provided in Spanish.

Illustrative Math LogoScholastic

Grade Level: TK-8. “Grab-and-go” lessons and unit plans, discussion guides, extension activities, and other ideas to support learning at home. Choose from any subject area, and enjoy learning through discovery and engagement.


Grade Level: 6-12. Content on an array of subjects current events, history, science, literature and more and at multiple Lexile reading levels. Requires registration.

Open Middle logoProject Gutenberg

Grade Level: 6-12. Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online.


Grade Level: K-12. High quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials.

DecorativeNew York Times Writing Prompts

Grade Level: 6-12. This website has over 1,000 writing prompts to choose from. Most of the prompts are personal opinion writing but can be adapted for persuasive or argument writing. These prompts may be revised for younger writers.

CommonLit LogoCommonLit to MCOE Language Arts Resources

CommonLit is a nonprofit education technology organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, especially students in Title I schools, graduate with the reading, writing, communication, and problem-solving skills they need to be successful in college and beyond.

English Language Development Resources for Educators

DecorativeBrainPOP ELL

Animated video lessons and content are designed to promote English language learning.

DecorativeLiteracy Instruction for ELLs

Colorín Colorado provides free research-based information and activities for teachers and families.

DecorativeUnite for Literacy

A colorful collection of books that can be read aloud in both English and Spanish. Practice fluency by reading with the text, talk about what is seen on the pages, or discuss learning.

DecorativeWhat’s Going On In This Picture

Engage in a weekly What’s Going On In This Picture interactive discussions, which bring a global audience together to “notice and wonder” about images and ideas. Can be used for writing.


A social learning platform that allows learners to reflect upon, discuss and showcase what they are learning, making, reading, solving, experiencing, and playing.

DecorativeLily Wong Fillmore

An Open Letter from Lily Wong Fillmore on School Closures Related to COVID-19.

History & Social-Science Resources for Educators

DecorativeU.S. Census Bureau

Grade-level: PK-12. New activities designed specifically for the 2019-2020 school year spotlight the 2020 Census and the importance of making sure everyone is counted, especially children. The decennial count impacts the federal funds that communities receive for special education, classroom technology, teacher training, after-school programs, school lunch assistance, and more. Use activities for pre-K through 12th grade today to help your students, school, and community.

DecorativeThe Content, Literacy, Inquiry, and Citizenship Project

Grade-level: K-12. Professional learning and resources to help educators and school administrators successfully implement California’s History-Social Science Framework.

DecorativeCalifornia History-Social Science Project

Grade-level: K-12. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality history instruction, with a special focus on meeting the needs of English learners, native speakers with low literacy, and students from economically disadvantaged communities. Each week during the crisis, we'll announce a new resource, strategy, or good idea, using #CHSSPLive on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We'll also post schedule updates and access information here on the #CHSSPLive page.

DecorativeTeaching Tolerance

Grade-level: K-12. These robust, ready-to-use lessons offer breadth and depth, spanning essential social justice topics and reinforcing critical social emotional learning skills.

DecorativeTeaching California

Grade-level: K-12. Inquiry sets include curated collections of primary sources, teacher and student notes, activities, and other tools that will help guide you through a research-based approach to improving student reading, writing, and critical thinking.

DecorativeCalifornia Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI)

Grade-level: K-12. The environment can provide depth to the study of history-social science, including the influence of geography on human settlements, the availability and conservation of natural resources, and the location of trade routes. The EEI Curriculum contains 45 history-social science units that teach select standards to mastery while increasing environmental literacy. Password: TeachEEI


Grade-level: 5-12. iCivics works to ensure every student in America receives a quality and engaging civic education and graduates from high school well prepared and enthusiastic for citizenship.


Grade-level: 9-12. From courses like U.S. and world history, Crash Course has you covered with an awesome variety of AP high school curriculum topics.

DecorativeKhan Academy

Grade-level: 9-12. You can learn anything. Expert-created content and resources for every course and level. Always free.

DecorativeZinn Education Project

Grade-level: PK-12+. The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the teaching of people’s history in classrooms across the country.

DecorativeStanford History Education Group (SHEG)

Grade-level: 5-12. SHEG seeks to improve education by conducting research, working with school districts, and reaching directly into classrooms with free materials for teachers and students. SHEG’s Reading Like a Historian curriculum and Beyond the Bubble assessments have been downloaded more than 9 million times. SHEG's current work focuses on how young people evaluate online content. SHEG has created a Civic Online Reasoning curriculum to help students develop the skills needed to navigate our current digital landscape.

DecorativeNational Geographic

The National Geographic Society uses the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world.

Health Education Resources

10 Health Education Resources to support educators in planning instruction within the health content areas.

Health Content Areas

Nutrition & Physical Activity, Growth Development & Sexual Health, Injury Prevention & Safety, Alcohol Tobacco & Other Drugs, Mental Emotional & Social Health, Personal & Community Health

CA Health LogoState Health Framework

The California Health Framework website contains the framework, professional learning opportunities, and resources for educators and administrators.

CHKRC LogoThe California Healthy Kids Resources Center

The California Healthy Kids Resources Center provides access to educational resources that can be borrowed at no cost. You can find free resources on their site.

Wellness Programs LogoLAUSD Wellness Programs

Los Angeles Unified School District provides their Blueprint for Wellness Policy on their Wellness Programs website.

Alliance For A Healthier Generation LogoAlliance for a Healthier Generation (Take Action Page)

Information on creating healthy school environments and implementing your Local School Wellness Policy (LSWP).

Health and Academic AchievementA Guide to Messaging About Role of Student Health in Supporting Academic Achievement

PDF of slides detailing impact of healthy eating and physical activity on academic achievement from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CASEL LogoCollaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is a trusted source for knowledge about high-quality, evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL). CASEL supports educators and policy leaders and enhances the experiences and outcomes for all PreK-12 students.

The Trevor Project LogoTREVOR Project (Lifeguard Workshop and Resources)

Founded in 1998, the Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. The Lifeguard Workshop video is a learning tool specifically designed for you to help young people: Identify the challenges faces by LGBTQ people, recognize the warning signs of suicide, and respond to someone whom may be in crisis.


Caryn Lewis

Assistant Superintendent
Phone: 831.755.0383

Adriana Chavarin

Executive Assistant
Phone: 831.755.0364

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